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Leadership Ministry in Schools
This course seeks to prepare students of all denominations for leadership positions in schools. It begins with an analysis of “where young people are” today and, in particular, the existential/spiritual questions they are often asking, even without realizing they are asking them. Teaching about religion in secular schools—public and independent—is briefly considered. Then the course turns its attention to schools with some sort of religious orientation. After studying the heritage and tradition of such schools, students consider the issues involved in leading schools today. The roles of school head, chaplain (lay or ordained), the religion teacher, and the student are considered. Many aspects of school life are explored, including the pedagogical, pastoral, and liturgical. The difficulties and delights of educational ministry and leadership are identified and discussed. Naturally, issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality arise. Through required field trips, the course considers the particular problems and opportunities involved in inner-city schools and parish day schools.
Class has weekly readings (books or articles) and posted reflections. Students also write an extended case study/simulation, and a major paper profiling an educational leader.
50% for major paper; 50% on weekly posted reflections, written case study/simulation, and class participation.