GSE 571: Principals of Educational Leadership

"We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience." (John Dewey)

GSE 571 (Spring '19 online)

GSE 571: Principals of Educational Leadership.

GSE 571 is part of the graduate program offered by the School of Education at Bishop's University in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

This course, designed for teachers and administrators interested in becoming effective leaders, is an introduction to the study of educational leadership.

Participants in this course will be introduced to the theory and research literature on issues of leadership in general and school leadership in particular.

Students will explore topics such as school-based management, invitational leadership, flexible leadership and professional collaboration and individual initiative.

Instructor / Course Information:

Sam Bruzzese

Course Website: Mighty Network (

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Website: Twitter: @sam_bruzzese Course hashtag: #gse571

Course will take place on Tuesday & Thursday from 1:00 to 3:55 online via ZOOM. with the exception of class 1 and possibly class 12 which will take place in Nichols rm. 310.

The class may be recorded for students who may be occasionally absent.

Office hours: online (via ZOOM) and by phone. Details given in class 1.


In this course, students will co-create a seminar on the principles of educational leadership, by focusing on the following areas:

  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Decision Making
  • Conflict Management and
  • Change

The course is specifically designed so students will use the information acquired through the text and readings; they will use this information to solve complex school challenges. Leadership is always about the relationships between the various stakeholders and we will use scenario based instruction to help students gain a 'deep' understanding of the basic tenets of educational principals.

By the end of this course students who fully participate in the class will:

  • Develop a critical understanding of basic principals in educational leadership theory and practice
  • Have a historical perspective of how leadership theory has evolved over the last 100 or so years
  • Be familiar and be able to explain various theories and approaches to school leadership
  • Recognize 'organizational' influences on leadership
  • Realize the importance of communication and interpersonal relationships
  • Be able to define decision making and various approaches used
  • Define conflict in schools and how to manage it
  • Define instructional leadership as well as theories and practices that inform change

Required Course Materials

The weekly article readings (8 - 10) will be available to students on Moodle and/or Mighty Networks or through links included in the weekly schedule. There is only one reading text required to purchase:

Practicing the Art of Leadership by Reginald Leon Green

Here is info on the book:

Be sure to buy the Enhanced Edition of the text along with the paperback at the Bishop's bookstore will have a paperback version of the text with the card for access to the online materials.

Joining a Zoom meeting and using ZOOM meeting mini tutorials: