Designed to provide a background and basis for all work in the PASC program. The course emphasizes the political, social, and economic background of education, and the historical and philosophical forces giving rise to the instructional practices that limit student academic and social success. Major theories in educational leadership are introduced in this course as well as the relationship between theory and practice in the context of contemporary issues in California. The course focuses on the relationships between federal, state, and local policies and introduces accountability systems for students, staff, and systems.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of the school and community context, including the instructional implications of cultural/linguistic, socioeconomic, and political factors
- Implement change strategies based on current relevant theories and best practices in school improvement