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EDUC 621 Summer 15

Ron Montaquila
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EDUC 621 Summer 15


Education 621

Collaboration and Leadership for the Flat World

Summer 2015 (Online)



Meeting Time: Online


Meeting Place: Online


Professor: Dr. Ron Montaquila


Phone: 336-817-7780 (cell) 



Course Purpose:


  1. Collaboration and Leadership for the Flat World 3 credits

This course will focus on school organizations and cultures; forms of school governance; the change process; and the concept of collaboration among administrators, teachers, parents and community leaders as a means of bringing about more effective schools. Candidates will examine what constitutes “school” and “leadership” across the global community and propose ideas for re-conceptualizing equitable education.



Required Course Materials:


Conroy, P. (1972). The Water is Wide. New York, NY: Random House, Inc.


Darling-Hammond, L. (2010). The Flat World and Education. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.


Phillips, D. (1992). Lincoln on Leadership. New York, NY: Hachette Book Group.



Learning Outcomes for the Course:


     Students in EDUC 621 will examine and analyze the complex issues facing educators and education in the modern global world. (Hammond) Students will examine current educational challenges along with a historical perspective of the value of true leadership.(Lincoln) Students will follow the experiences of a teacher in a new and challenging environment.(Conroy) Students will analyze how the teacher succeeded and where, how, and why the teacher failed. Students will leave the course with an understanding of the many complex issues facing teachers in the classroom.





Course Expectations:


      The Salem College standard is that a Salem College student can expect to spend an average 10-14 hours a week in and out of class per course. In EDUC 621, students will spend a considerable amount of time reading the three texts required for the course.   Active online participation in class discussions is an essential component of the class along with completion of all online assignments.


     In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Salem College seeks to provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities. A student who is eligible for accommodations should seek assistance through the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

One Salem College credit is worth 4 semester hours. Students in a one credit course can expect to spend, on average, at least 200 minutes per week in class and at least 400 minutes per week in out-of class course related work. Since the course requires fewer than 200 minutes per week in class, students are also required to do the following in lieu of extra class time:

  1.  NEO assignments listed on class schedule
  2. Reviewing Articles, videos, and other materials in edu20 Resources

     3. Reading and written assignments on current topics in Education/Teaching

  1. Online discussions and reflections




Course Assessment and Evaluation:


     Students in Education 621 are evaluated on participation in online discussions and class assignments –Segments 1-5 (NEO) (75%). Students will receive a grade for each Segment of the course. The final exam will count for the remainder of the total grade for the course (25%).   The final exam will be a written exam in which students will demonstrate their understanding, and present their analysis of the content of the course. The final exam is a take home exam.









Course Schedule and Assignments: (NEO)



Segment 1: May 26 - June 2: (No late AssignmentsAccepted)


Hammond – Chapter 1

Conroy – Chapters 1, 2

Lincoln – Chapters 1, 2, 3


Online Discussion #1




Segment 2: June 3 - June 8: (No late AssignmentsAccepted)


Hammond – Chapters 2, 3

Conroy – Chapters 3, 4

Lincoln – Chapters 4, 5, 6


Online Discussion #2




Segment 3: June 9 - June 14 (No late AssignmentsAccepted)


Hammond – Chapters 4, 5

Conroy – Chapters 5, 6, 7

Lincoln – Chapters 7, 8, 9


Online Discussion #3






Segment 4: June 15 - June 20: (No late AssignmentsAccepted)


Hammond – Chapters 6, 7

Conroy – Chapters 8, 9

Lincoln – Chapters 10, 11, 12


Online Discussion #4





Segment 5: June 21 - June 26: (No late AssignmentsAccepted)


Hammond Chapters – 8, 9

Conroy Chapters – 10, 11

Lincoln Chapters – 13, 14, 15


Online Discussion #5




Final Exam – June 27-(No late AssignmentsAccepted)


Final Exam is due on June 27 at 5:00 PM






Written Assignments:  (NEO)


     The following written assignments are required of all students:

(See Resources in NEO for examples of each assignment)


“Conroy Questions” – Each student will write three (3) questions from the assigned chapters in the Conroy text. The questions should be thoughtful questions that will stimulate discussions and debate. Assignment will be posted on NEO and the class Blog.


“Lincoln Translations” – Each student will “translate” the Lincoln Principles of Leadership into a meaningful educational principle for teachers. Students may rewrite the entire principle, or by changing a word “translate” the Lincoln Leadership Principle to an appropriate guide for educators. “Translations” will be posted on NEO and the class Blog.


“Hammond Points” – Each student will list the five (5) key points for each chapter of the Hammond text. “Hammond Points” will be posted on NEO and the class Blog. 


“Online Class Discussions”- A topic from one of the readings will be posted for a class discussion on NEO. Participation of every class member is expected. Grades will be determined as follows:

2 Posts to discussion = C

3 Posts to discussion =B

4 + Posts to discussion = A


Posts to discussions should be thoughtful and express opinions or thoughts that provoke, encourage, or question your fellow students.







Education 621 – Collaboration and Leadership

Course Information


 Students should read the syllabus on NEO. 


 Pay particular attention to the assignments and how they are divided into Segments for the course. You will receive a grade for each Segment of the course (5 Segments).

Late assignments will not be accepted. The deadlines for each segment are set.

The Final Exam counts for 25% of your grade. Each Segment counts 15%.


Review the Resources listed in NEO. Sample assignment answers are given for each type of assignment.


Participate in Discussions – don’t be afraid to express your opinion or disagree with your fellow students.


If you have any questions don’t hesitate to e-mail or call (336-817-7780)


Enjoy taking a course online!!!



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