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This module is part of a CNX Collection: Nature and Context of Educational Administration. This CNX Collection is a result of a Master's course in Educational Leadership, taught at Virginia Tech by Theodore Creighton (lead professor) and Brad Bizzell and Kevin Bezy, Teaching Assistants, in Spring 2010. The course focused on Leading from Below the Surface (Creighton, 2007) and the creation of "leadership practice fields". This module is one of the practice field activities.

Integrative thinking practice field activity

The Virginia Department of Education has scheduled the Writing Standards of Learning Assessment to be administered on March 2. Due to abnormally extreme winter weather across much of the state, schools have missed many days of instruction during January and February. The VDOE has suggested that the date may be moved to March 16 and want input from school divisions.

Consider your school – teachers, students, parents, curriculum, instruction – and consider the advantages and disadvantages of each of the two alternatives. Now, write a letter to the VDOE suggesting something other than administering the assessment on March 2 or 16. Suggest something that is superior to either of these two alternatives.

You will have ____ minutes to plan and compose your letter. Write appropriately for your audience. Support your recommendation. Take some risks.

Standards to be demonstrated through this activity

Standard 6: An education leader promotes the success of every student by understanding, responding to, and influencing the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.

  • Advocate for children, families, and caregivers,
  • Act to influence local, district, state, and national decisions affecting student learning,

Assessment rubric

For this practice field activity, you will assess yourself. You should demonstrate skill in the three areas noted below. (For each bulleted item, rate yourself from 1 to 5 with 1 indicating no skill demonstrated and 5 indicating skill demonstrated in an outstanding manner .)

Written Communication

  • Clarity
  • Conciseness
  • Appropriate for audience
  • Grammar

Integrative Thinking

  • Integrated elements of multiple alternatives in a fashion superior to any individual alternative.

Decision-making

  • Provided clear rationale for decision

Reflection

Answer the following questions to reflect on this activity. Then, pair up with another aspiring principal and share your letters with each other. Share your reflections with each other. Prepare to share some thoughts with the whole group.

  • What skills were required of you to complete this activity?
  • What was most difficult about this activity?
  • What additional resources would have been helpful in completing this activity?
  • After talking with your partner, what additional insights/perspectives do you have regarding this activity?

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
learn
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da
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Bhagvanji
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
revolt
da
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
Alexandre
nanocopper obvius
Alexandre
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
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Source:  OpenStax, Nature and context of educational administration. OpenStax CNX. Sep 17, 2010 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11214/1.3
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