Director of Instruction (DI)

DI-645 Mentoring: Strength Professionl Practice (3 credits)

Successful mentoring embodies best educational practices and extends beyone building, and classroom procedures. Through this course, students engage in research, discussion, and practice of issues relating to the mentoring process. Teachers, administrators; and support staff who seek to guide the development of teacher initiates and improve their own professional practice explore issues of teaching, learning, and assessment. They practice effective instructional strategies and performance-based assessment within the context of Wisconsin's academic standards, teacher restructuring goals, and professional developmental plans. They learn how to provide constructive feedback to teacher initiates within a collaborative, nurturing environment. They also explore links to evaluation/supervision.

DI-665 Educat in Democracy: Equity& Diversity (3 credits)

Students examine the interrelationships between and among democracy, schools, and education, both historically and in contemporary society. Taking a problem-based approach, they develop case studies to explore the impact of community expectations and needs on educational decisions. Using varied research approaches, they map diverse perspectives and their implications for decision making. Reflecting on both research literature and their own experiences, they develop models for practice in professional school roles.

DI-666 Leadership/School & Community Engagment (3 credits)

In examining the multiple roles open to leaders within school communities-including principal, learning coordinator, program implementor, staff development director, and assessment center director-students deepen their perspectives of the purposes and roles of schools in the local community. They develop skill in managing processes, personnel, and other resources in collaborative ways, recognizing the need for creating a climate of participative decision making. They develop skill in communication, facilitation, and conflict resolution, addressing varied audiences, including professional colleagues, parents, and members of the business and civic community.

DI-667 Frameworks for Curriculum Development (3 credits)

Students compare and contrast varied frameworks for curriculum development, using the organizing principles and assumptions of education for a democracy. They evaluate the impact of multiple varibles (e.g., goals, content, process, time, standards, community traditions, and resources) on curriculum decision making, with a particular emphasis on questions of coherence, accountability, and diverse needs of students. They develop skill in assessing needs and critiquing approaches in particular settings, as well as skill in working effectively with the school community in specific curriculum design projects.

DI-668 Frameworks for Assessment Practice (3 credits)

Students develop in-depth knowledge of the theoretical frameworks guiding assessment practice in schools and refine skill in the design of assessment for the support of learning, decision making, and accountability. They distinguish between and among multiple audiences and purposes related to assessment of student performance in schools. they articulate clearly the role of the assessment process in the curriculum, developing skill in working effectively with the school community in the design of classroom assessment focused on student development.

DI-670 Professional Interaction Simulation (0 credits)

Taken concurrently with AL-666 or DI-666, this students take the role of a school professional working with a group to solve a problem. They demonstrate graduate-level skills in interpersonal and task interaction models. Area superintendents, principals, and curriculum directors serve as assessors and provide feedback individually to students.

Prerequisite(s): Concurrent registration with DI-666

DI-671 Legal Aspects of Administration (3 credits)

One responsibility of a school principal is to see that the school community works within the framework of policies, laws, and regulations enacted by local, state, and federal authorities. In this course in the Administrative Leadership sequence, students examine the role and impact of judicial law and legislative policy on education. Drawing upon important landmark cases as a foundation, they explore the history as well as the ramifications of court decisions and legislative actions on school policy and operation. They also explore current special-education issues.

DI-697 Independent Study (3 credits)

No description available.

DI-751 Direction of Instruction Portfolio (2 credits)

The Director of Instruction Portfolio, taken for 0 credits in conjunction with TLA-750 or for 3 credits as a stand-alone process, is required for those who complete the Director of Instruction license.