Chelsea Brown


EDU 5103 Educational Governance and Policy

Jonathan Hughes, Ph.D.

Course Description

Analysis of the school community context in considering board policies and the development of working relationships with community members setting considering standards, accountability, pressure groups, and political ideologies; the interaction of the school system and its political environment in the development of policy.

Course Synthesis

     This class challenged us to look at policy through a new lens.  Starting in groups, we were assigned several case scenarios that had been presented to us, acting as the Board.  These proposals had limited information that caused some intense discussion within our groups.  Using our knowledge of Deborah Stone’s Policy Paradox and the previous knowledge gained from our completed coursework, we needed to vote on whether to accept or deny each proposal based on the information provided to us.  We each tried to look at the proposal using different perspectives and outcome possibilities to create the best educated decision we could. 

     The second assignment stemmed from current data related to school district projections on Long Island, The Coming Wave, by Dr. Hughes.  These projections included student enrollment, ethnicity, and looked at the Long Island region as a whole.  The assignment included five year projections of population growth, population migration, population age and the impact it will have on the Long Island educational system.  Once the data was analyzed and researched, a projected need and creation of a policy brief to meet that need was created.

     Our group recognized that there was a need to change the certification requirements for Non-English certification in order to adequately address the instructional needs of a growing immigration population.


Hines, A., & Bishop, P. (2006). Thinking about the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight. Washington: Social Technologies.

Eadie, D. (1936). Boards That Work. Washington: American Society of Association Executives.

Carver, J. (2006). Boards that Make a Difference. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Baldwin, R., & Hughes, J. (1995). Boards at Their Best. New York: Connolly-Cormack Publishers.



bullet Course Outline
bullet Class Activity - "What Would You Do?" Governance Case Files
bullet Governance and Policy Presentation
bullet Policy Brief - Final Group Project



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