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
 

Organizational behavior

The course will present approaches and tools for understanding the different activities that take place in organizations, with examples from educational institutions. Understanding the development of theories that explain organizational functioning will help students analyze the elements in the organizational environment and the way these elements effect organizational activity.
Required Course
One-Semester Course

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 course aims to provide the student with basic concepts relating to a wide range of legal issues that are relevant to management of educational institutions.
Required Course
One-Semester Course

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

In the past the educational system viewed social factors as dominant when considering improvements in the system. Today more and more we realize the importance of the economic factor. Teachers and principals are required today to understand and take into consideration economic factors and to incorporate them into their educational activities. The course aims to develop economic awareness and to create tools to analyze the educational fabric from the socio-economic standpoint.
Required Course
One-Semester Course

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

The course will deal with integration of information systems in the routine activities of the educational organization as a whole, and the school in particular. We will address the managerial significance of the use of data bases and computer technology for the development of organizational strategy and school effectiveness. Special attention will be given to knowledge management and organizational learning within educational institutions.
Required Course
One-Semester Course

Marketing and branding educational institutions

The course concentrates on the marketing approach and its effects on education. Free choice, market economics and opening registration areas will be discussed, together with their influence on the development of educational institutions and their chances of survival. The student will gain familiarity with strategic marketing aspects in education, without losing sight of educational values.
Required Course
One-Semester Course

Elective courses:
Students may choose one of the two following courses - 2 semester credits.
 

Processes of change in educational organizations

Changes in educational organizations are for the most part a product of policy. In this connection we will examine the latest educational reforms in Israel and world wide in a critical way. We will analyze the concept of policy, in general, and educational policy in particular.
Elective Course
Full year course

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

This course will teach the participants how changes are introduced into existing organizations; educational systems and models of how this is done will be presented. The course will examine successful and failed attempts to introduce technology in educational systems in Israel and elsewhere. These cases will be analyzed and compared with regard to the various models previously presented.
Elective Course
Full year course

Elective courses:
Students may choose one of the three following courses - 2 semester credits

Management and evaluation of staff

The course will deal with various ways to evaluate employee achievements and ways to manage educational staff in the framework of a school. The course will also demonstrate how a balanced achievement report of an educational organization is created.
Elective Course
Full year course

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

In this course we will treat the complex relations between the concepts of leadership and management, on the one hand, and that of teamwork, on the other hand. We will see how the two concepts must find a modus vivendi in order fort the school to function smoothly according to its educational standards. We will make use of knowledge gained in the field of group work as well as in leadership theory.
Elective Course
Full year course

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

In this course the student will study basic ideas in organizational theory and the unique characteristics of educational organizations. We will discuss how the main elements of organizational structure developed, and aspects of renewal in processes and structure, in the light of social changes, acceptance of new ideas in psychoanalysis and fresh critical and post modernistic approaches to educational theory.
Elective Course
Full year course

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.