Victor A. Montemurro
Comprehensive Digital Portfolio
St. John's University School of Education
EDU 5743: Educational Planning
Professor Jonathan T. Hughes, Ph.D.
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the course CD-ROM provided by Professor Hughes:
Building upon a knowledge of classical and contemporary theories of organizational behavior in social institutions, this course examines several analytical frames of reference as constructs for understanding organizational culture. These frames are then overlaid on written case studies and simulations of social organizations in order to more effectively transfer applicable theories and strategies of planned change. Those “lenses” which are specified and explicated by individuals and teams within the course place a major emphasis on improving leadership practice.
To accomplish those goals, this course aims to:
review aspects of social theory and organizational behavior.
examine several “frames” or “lenses” as preparation for organizational change.
integrate the basic processes, concepts and forces of change within each framework or lens.
discuss the implications of these interpretations for organizational and leadership development.
Educational planning must consider the full context of the educational community. Even though the school district is the object of analysis for educational planning, the surrounding villages and townships as well as contiguous and comparable school districts should be examined for any data that may help understand the school district and its future needs. In the course, we used MapInfo to make do planning analysis and make decisions based on data mining. Descriptive data is data mining used to discover what relationships might exist when comparisons are made among various data. Information is funneled down to arrive at conclusions. Summation is most important because it allows for recommendations for the field of education and recommendations for future research.
The graphic to the left indicates some of the factors to be considered when analyzing data inputs for school district educational planning.
During the course, cohort members used the software application MapInfo to place data from various tables on maps of communities and school districts.
Demographic, financial and achievement data was looked at to determine issue of concern for school district communities.
Patchogue and Medford are, in actuality, two communities with wide variation in wealth that impacts the school district and influences values. The course final product examines demographic, financial and achievement data in the context of Suffolk County and Brookhaven Town and surrounding school districts.
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View the above as a self-executing Astound presentation.
Below are other course artifacts that demonstrate the use of MapInfo to analyze demographic, financial and achievement data for the purpose of educational planning. Click on the slide to run a self-executing Astound presentation.
Long Island Districts Chart
Suffolk School Districts' Web Sites
School District Definitions
Notes from Professor Hughes' Lecture
Text and Supplemental Texts:
Bolman, L and Deal, T. (1997). Reframing organizations, (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Carlson, R. and Awkerman, G. (1991). Educational planning: Concepts, strategies and practices. New York: Longman.
Owens, R. Organizational behavior in schools. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall Inc.
Bryson, J. (1995). Strategic Planning for Public and Non-profit Organizations. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
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