EDL 519 01

EDL 519 - Principalship

2021 Fall Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 14896

Course Information

You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in a Blackboard Announcement. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.

Times and Location

SaSu 8am-5pm in UND Education, Rm 12

Instructor Information

Jared Schlenker


Email: jared.schlenker@und.edu

Office: Education Building #288

Office Phone: 7017773584

Cell Phone: 7017402961

About the Professor

Dr. Jared Schlenker has 19 years of experience in the field of K-12 education in the state of North Dakota.  He began his career as a secondary language arts teacher in 1998 and transitioned to the role of school administrator in 2007 when he became a secondary school principal. While working as a principal for ten years in two different districts, Dr. Schlenker also held the role of curriculum director, transportation director, athletic coach, and state accreditation team member. An Assistant Professor at the University of North Dakota since 2017, Dr. Schlenker is an instructor of leadership, finance, and communication courses for graduate students; is the director of the Ed. D. program in the college; and also serves on the State of North Dakota's Center of Educational Leadership board as a higher education representative. His CV is available on the UND faculty page: https://und.edu/directory/jared.schlenker

Course Description

This course provides school leaders with an understanding of the role of the building principal along with skills and techniques associated with the principalship. The course emphasizes the National Educational Leadership Prep (NELP) professional/accreditation standards including the principal's role in community and family relationships and collaboration, using community resources to support the academic and social needs of students and families, the development and application of policies related to students and staff, planning and delivering of curricular and co-curricular programs within the school, and the principal's role in working with staff.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and be cognizant of the principal’s duties in regards to his/her professionalism, communication skills, and relationships with staff, students, parents, and community, etc. (CAEP A.1.2, NELP 2.1)
  • Demonstrate administrative skills through case studies, role-playing, assignments, and class discussions. (CAEP A.1.2, NELP 1.1)
  • Understand different approaches on how to effectively staff a K-12 school, emphasizing the importance and process of recruitment, selection, and termination. (CAEP A.1.1, NELP 6.3)
  • Examine the different strategies and workings of developing an effective school schedule (CAEP A.1.1, NELP 6.1)
  • demonstrate effective oral and written communication. (CAEP A.1.2, CAEP A.1.2, NELP 5.3)
  • demonstrate effective group member and group leader skills. (CAEP A.1.1, CAEP A.1.2, NELP 1.1)
  • examine different communication strategies to communicate in the workplace. (CAEP A.1.1, A.1.2, NELP 5.3)
  • examine different communication strategies to communicate with external publics. (CAEP A.1.1, A.1.2, A.2.2, NELP 5.3)

Course Materials

Required readings and resources will be made available via Blackboard.

Technical Requirements/Assistance

Whether you’re taking courses in the classroom or online, it’s important to have the right technology and equipment.  Visit the UND Technical Requirements webpage for more information. Students are expected to use their official UND email in the course. For technical assistance, please contact UND Technical Support at 701.777.2222. Visit the University Information Technologies (UIT) website for their hours, help documents and other resources.

Minimum Technical Skills Needed

In order to succeed in this course, at a minimum, you should be able to:

Insert minimum requirements expected and needed. In the bulleted example list below

  • Navigate in and use basic Blackboard functions
  • Download and open electronic documents
  • Create, save, and upload/attach electronic documents
  • Send, receive, and manage email

Course Logistics

Access and Log in Information

This course was developed and will be facilitated utilizing Blackboard. To get started with the course, please go to: http://blackboard.UND.edu and log in with your NDUS.Identifier, Username and Password. If you do not know your NDUS Identifier or have forgotten your password, please visit Your NDUS Account page on the UIT website.

What Should Students Do First?

Prior to the start of the first week you should have reviewed the syllabus.


Many services are available to UND students such as writing assistance from the UND Writing Center, free online tutoring from Smarthinking, and more. Visit the Student Resources page for more information. Students also have access to the UND Student Resource Site via Blackboard. It is recommended that you become familiar with the tools and tutorials within the site to better equip you in navigating the course.

Course Requirements/Expectations

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  1. The student will review the syllabus and course schedule posted in Blackboard.
  2. The student will participate in any lecture or discussion sessions on campus or online as provided and as part of this course.
  3. The student will complete and submit assignments, exams, quizzes, etc. by the dated noted and in the manner described in Blackboard and on the course schedule. We will use Central Standard Time for due dates and times.
  4. The student will participate fully and in a timely manner to get the benefit of learning from instructor and/or peers.



Announcements will be posted in Blackboard on a regular basis. Be sure to check the class announcements regularly as they will contain important information about class assignments and other class matters. An email of the announcement will typically be sent to all students.


If you need to contact me directly, check the Faculty tab in Blackboard or the syllabus for my contact information. I will respond back to you within 48 hours during the week or weekend.

Course Etiquette

When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Always use professional language (no netspeak) in your postings and emails. Please be respectful of your classmates at all times even if you disagree with their ideas.


Class Participation (98%)

Class Participation120 (20 pts./day)

Class participation includes contributions to class discussions, analysis and synthesis of the readings, application of theories and concepts, and any in-class assignments

Group Project (0%)

Professional Development Presentations50

Students will work with a partner and lead a discussion for 45 minutes on a given topic in any delivery or format they decide upon.  Groups will be assigned on the first day of class.

Paper (1%)

Principal Paper30

Locate three principal job descriptions, a faculty handbook, a student handbook, and write a two-page, double-spaced synthesis of the documents with application to you.

Principal Panel Reflection30

Develop three questions to ask a panelist of principals.  After the panel is over and you have asked your questions, write a 2-page reflection of their comments and how you can apply them to your own career as a principal.

Cover Letter & Resume30

Find a job posting appropriate to your professional goals and write a cover letter that appropriately responds to the job posting. Prepare (update) your resume.

Agenda for a Meeting15

Draft an agenda for a meeting.  Identify the stakeholders, the purpose of the meeting, and length of meeting as well as the agenda.

Data Report30

Research data that is pertinent to your organization/position.  Prepare a report that will be presented to the stakeholders including the data.

Schedule of Topics and Assignments

Day: Date: Reading(s): Due:

Course Policies

The section below contains examples of course policies you may wish to include in your course such as late work, class participation, netiquette, technology statements, etc.  You may fully edit this section to add and/or remove polices as they pertain to your course.

Assignment Policy

Due dates for each assignment or activity will be posted in Blackboard.

Late Work

Insert your late work policy here. An example is provided below.

If you find that you’re having trouble keeping up in this class, please let me and/or your TA know as soon as possible so we can do what we can to help. Due dates are important insofar as they help you spread out your workload and help us keep the behind-the-scenes aspects of the course as organized as possible. However, late work may be accepted for extenuating circumstances, so please reach out if you know you will need more time or if you are having trouble keeping up. 

Please note: You do not need to disclose or perform trauma when asking for an extension; you just need to let us know (very broadly) that you need help, and we will do what we can to get you back on track in the course.

Class Participation

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Students are required to login regularly to the online class site. Students are also required to participate in all class activities such as discussion board, blogs, and wikis Students are expected to attend on campus or synchronous classes, etc.


It is expected that students will complete all requirements for a course during the time frame of the course. For reasons beyond a student’s control, and upon request by the student or on behalf of the student, an incomplete grade may be assigned by the instructor when there is reasonable certainty the student will successfully complete the course without retaking it. The mark “I,” Incomplete, will be assigned only to the student who has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work up to a time within four weeks of the close of the semester, including the examination period, and whose work is incomplete for reasons satisfactory to his or her instructor. More information regarding UND’s Incomplete policy can be found on The Grading System webpage.

Resolution of Problems

Should a problem occur, you should speak to your instructor first. If the problem is not resolved, meet with [insert name here]. If the problem continues to be unresolved, go to the department chair, and next to the college dean. Should the problem persist, you have the right to go to the provost next, and then to the president.


When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Netiquette is a set of rules for behaving properly online. Here are a few basic points to remember when communicating in this course:

Be scholarly. Use proper language, grammar, and spelling. Explain your thoughts, justify opinions, and credit the ideas of others by citing scholarly resources. Avoid misinforming others when you are unsure of the answer.  When discussing something and supplying a guess, clearly state that.

Be respectful. Respect the privacy of others. Do not share personal or professional information about others unless permission has been granted. Respect diversity and opinions that differ from their own. Be tactful when you communicate.

Be professional. Everyone should strive to give their best impression online. Truthfulness, accuracy, and running a final spell check are appropriate expectations for university students. Writing in a legible font and limiting the use of emoticons is considered professional behavior. Profanity and participation in hostile interactions, known as flaming, is unprofessional as well as disruptive.

Be polite. Students should address professors and instructors by the appropriate title or requested name. Students should interact online politely, just as they would be expected to do in a physical environment. Sarcasm, rudeness, and writing in all capital letters (shouting) should be avoided.


Everyone has the right to be addressed by the name and personal pronouns that correspond to their gender identity, including non-binary pronouns, for example: they/them/theirs, ze/zir/zirs, etc.

I recognize that preferred names and pronouns may change during the quarter, if at any point during the quarter you would like to be addressed differently, please let me know.

As part of our commitment to inclusion in this course, it is important that all students in this class respect the preferred names and pronouns of their peers. Mistakes in addressing one another may happen. If you make a mistake or are corrected, please briefly apologize and correct yourself.

Technology Statement

In this class we will have a technology policy that is designed to support your attention to one another and to the course material.  We will spend the majority of our time engaged in activities that depend upon you being present and attentive to one another, and course content we will study. We are all challenged these days by the ways in which our digital devices—including laptops, tablets, phones, and watches—can steal our attention away from our immediate surroundings. Technology should be used for educational purposes only during scheduled class times.

Collaboration and Recording (For Online, Hybrid, Hyflex courses)

Sharing personal experiences and opinions is an important part of the learning process. In the (hybrid, hyflex, synchronous, etc.) environment of this course, all of our interactions are recorded (via Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Yuja, etc) and made available to students in the course. The purpose of these recordings is to enhance learning for all students. If your peers make personal statements in this course, consider those comments in the context of our learning goals and do not share them with people outside the course. If you have questions or concerns about any recordings, please contact me.

Copyright Notice

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