Course Synopses: Management and Organizational Development
The courses in Division A are especially important in the training of future school principals. There are a total of 14 semester credits, most of which are required. Most of the subject matter relates to the managerial aspects of organizational development such as marketing, preparing a business plan, labor laws, teamwork, and quality control. These management and organizational subjects are treated to some extent but role in educational institutions receives special attention.
Five required courses - 10 semester credits
The approaches will be surveyed one by one. We will examine the differences between one school and the other, to try to understand the typical organizational structure of a school. We will become acquainted with the unique organizational environment of an educational body. In addition we will examine how an individual in the system functions: motives, attitudes, relations with co-workers. Special emphasis will be placed on these effects in the educational system. We will discuss teachers and their problems, such as burn-out from overwork, ways to motivate the teaching staff, how to achieve better teamwork, and build good personal relationships among school staff. We will learn how work attitudes are developed, feelings of satisfaction from work well done and a wholesome attitude of responsibility toward the organization founded on a belief in the leadership and a belief in the organization’s positive objectives. We will analyze various processes in group dynamics and the dilemmas of leadership in these situations. Towards the end we will discuss organizational development, emphasizing the changes that occur in schools on school renewal in the wider context.
Legal issues in the management of educational institutions
The student will be exposed to various legal topics and situations such as constitutional law and human rights, the right to privacy and the illegality of slander, parental and legal intervention in educational policy, legal responsibility and problems with minors who claim damages as a result of injuries incurred in an area within the school’s jurisdiction, sexual molestation and social security regulations.
Economic aspects of managing educational institutions
The course will focus on understanding the basic concepts of micro and macro economics, graphical representations of supply and demand, privatization in education, allocation of resources and investment in education. During the course the students will acquire the skills necessary to function in schools responsible for their own budgets.
Information systems for management of educational institutions
Marketing and branding educational institutions
Students may choose one of the two following courses - 2 semester credits.
Processes of change in educational organizations
We will clarify this concept from various angles, and perhaps come to the conclusion that, since policy makers represent different points of view, the new policy or change of policy will be a compromise hammered out by the educators and the politicians who often represent opposing interests. In the seminar we will present and analyze various examples of changes in organizations, of a general nature as well as changes in educational systems. This exercise will help the students, in the future when faced with opportunities to make changes and will give them a realistic perspective as to what is possible and how to set realistic limits. The understanding of the subject will bring them to realize that in organizations, the only thing that is permanent is change itself. We will investigate the role of leadership in this era of change. We will learn about different prototypes of leaders and how each would direct the change process. We will survey the results of such change processes in educational systems in Israel and worldwide and study the repercussions from these changes.
Implementing changes and new technologies in educational systems
Students may choose one of the three following courses - 2 semester credits
Management and evaluation of staff
We will critically analyze evaluation methods and tools and discuss their strengths and weaknesses in light of organizational standards, objectives and strategies in schools. In the course we will also consider teacher evaluation in regard to accepted standards in this field.
Teamwork and management
We will devote some time to the subject of how groups function in the educational system. This will be treated from the aspect of the potential of the system and in regard to the actual solutions used by educational institutions over the years.
Educational institutions as organizations
בקורס יידונו בין היתר סוגיות של פיקוח ושאלת השליטה הארגונית; תהליכים של מיסוד והסיכוי לחידוש, לגמישות ולתנועה בארגון; סמכות, מדרג ארגוני ושאלת ההשתתפות בהחלטות;יחסים בין-ארגוניים במציאות מורכבת; תפישת עולם, ערכי חינוך ותרבות ארגונית.