Education Leadership: Policies, Funding, and Advocacy for Quality Education

Department of Education Leadership

Establishes policies related to federal financial aid for education and administers distribution of funds. Collects data and oversees research on America’s schools. Identifies major issues in education and focuses national attention on them. Enforces laws prohibiting discrimination in programs that receive federal funding.

We provide students, educators and organizational leaders with the skills to succeed in challenging contexts. Our courses, community thought partners, research and coaching cultivate confident and prepared leaders.

Coordinators

As coordinators, these individuals oversee the day-to-day operations of a department or educational program. They may perform clerical duties, such as coordinating meetings and events, or more substantive tasks, such as providing administrative support to faculty members or managing student assistants.

Education coordinators work with teachers and administrators to infuse multiculturalism and diversity into the curriculum. They may also be involved in planning programs that focus on specific issues such as family and community engagement.

One coordinator surveyed indicated that he had been hired by a university to help develop educational leadership preparation partnerships with school districts. He noted that he had been working on these relationships for the past several years. However, he had experienced a change in university leadership at the same time that he was working on partnership development. This resulted in a lack of follow-up with K-12 district partners and decreased the effectiveness of the partnership. He suggested that this was a common theme in many of the surveyed university-K-12 partnerships.

Supervisors

Supervisors monitor the implementation of educational policies and guidelines, ensuring that schools meet quality benchmarks and regulatory requirements. They also facilitate professional development, fostering collaboration and creating opportunities for teachers to reflect on their practice.

They encourage and challenge faculty members to initiate curricular improvement, while ensuring that their efforts are informed by rigorous research. They also support faculty in addressing problems that threaten student safety or academic integrity, and they ensure that all teachers receive adequate orientation and support for their roles as educators.

Our graduate programs prepare students to serve as educational leaders in PK-12 public school division settings, as well as governmental and non-profit organizations. Our Doctor of Education program allows candidates to develop and conduct meaningful research to influence educational policy and practice at a national level. In addition, we have a number of partnerships with educational agencies and organizations. These relationships provide our students with a variety of professional experiences and unique learning opportunities that enhance their career prospects upon graduation.

Administrators

Administrators provide a vital link between a school board and individual schools within the district. They must maintain knowledge of a district’s finances, manage political dynamics, and apply appropriate legal requirements at every level.

These individuals also facilitate the smooth functionality of student activities and endeavors, communicate with students and their families to resolve concerns, maintain systems for attendance, enact the principal’s plans for academic achievement, continuously monitor the adherence to standards set by regional, state, or federal guidelines, and perform many other administrative tasks.

Our graduate programs prepare aspiring and practicing administrators and supervisors with carefully designed opportunities and the highest quality education in educational leadership. Whether preparing to lead in PK-12 or higher education settings, we train you to be an equity-driven leader responsible for empowering engaged and inspired learners.

Leaders

Whether a teacher, administrator or coach, leaders in the department of education leadership develop and implement comprehensive and relevant curriculums that keep schools and districts on track for meeting their goals. They also design and administer professional learning opportunities, including on-site whole-school PD sessions and off-site institutes, to ensure that staff members’ goals are aligned with school goals.

Leaders in the department of educational leadership are also experts on the laws and policies governing education, and they maintain knowledge about financial requirements for individual schools or district systems. They are often involved in negotiations with local boards, educator unions, parent organizations, child advocates and community leaders.

TNTP’s department of education leadership trains educators, district and nonprofit managers, and policy leaders through a cohort-based program that offers full tuition coverage and stipends. This three-year program combines rigorous research with expert faculty, community thought partners and coaches to create confident and prepared leaders who are astute problem solvers and equity warriors.

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