In my EDL 680 course, which is Introduction to Enterprise Architecture, we are reading Scott Bernard's "EA3: An Introduction to Enterprise Architecture." I'll admit that this is a new concept for me, but one that is useful. The cover of the book intrigued me most when I received it in the mail, as it stated "Linking Strategy, Business, and Technology." A no brainer in my head, and a concept I am thrilled to spend the next few months learning more about.
I am thrilled about my M.Ed program and this class in particular, as the Academy of Arts and Sciences works on three (3) charter renewals and our Three-Year WASC Study. The 2016-17 year is of utmost importance for the future and our vision to create a collaborative virtual learning community, inspiring scholars to appreciate the ways in which arts and sciences nurture a curiosity for life-long learning, and prepare scholars to take responsibility for their future success. I can see how Enterprise Architecture can play a large role in our work, as it "is a management and technology practice that is devoted to improving the performance of enterprises by enabling them to see themselves in terms of a holistic and integrated view of their strategic direction, business practices, information flows, and technology resources."
Deploying this concept will help ensure our staff and stakeholders have the ability to see the big picture of AAS, rather than a singular view from their silo in the organization. While we have developed five (5) strong divisions: Academic Affairs, External Relations, Information Services, Operations and Strategic Initiatives, the use of Enterprise Architecture will help ensure AAS is working collaboratively to meet our mission and vision of the school, and in turn, ensure we are meeting the needs of those we serve: our scholars.
I believe utilizing Enterprise Architecture will allow us to align our mission, vision and values, with our charter petition, with our Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPS), with our WASC studies, while keeping the organization grounded. That is to say, all of our purpose statements and governing documents will be aligned with all of the resources at our disposal to execute those plans.
I look forward to learning more with my SDSU peers about this particular concept and how it can be effectively used in education.
What a summer (theme continues)! The other course I took this summer at San Diego State was Seminar for Personalized Learning and Leading Through Technology, with Michanne Hoctor (San Diego County Office of Education Technology Coordinator). This was another fantastic class and one of the best ways to start my Master of Educational Leadership program at SDSU.
This particular course had several focuses, including building and cultivating a professional learner network (PLN). This is one of my biggest take-a-ways from the course (there are others, of course, and I have a few blogs posts on them below) as a PLN is a wonderful way to learn and grow with peers. I have spent a lot of time this summer growing my own PLN through Twitter and participating in a weekly Twitter Chat, #caedchat. These chats take place every Sunday night at 8 pm.
The other take-a-way was through the research I did on my 20% Project, which aims to create the AAS Learning Coach Institute. As a virtual charter school, we rely on our parents (learning coaches) to be our partners in the educational process. We may not be providing all of the tools in order for them to be successful, so this project is meant to create a program that will empower our learning coaches to be empowered and successful in their role.
I continue to be impressed with the program thus far. It is truly rewarding to be able to learn with my cohort, and especially Group 3! Thank you Dr. Hoctor, and my cohort, for a great first semester at SDSU!
What a summer! One of the two courses I took this summer at San Diego State was Principles of Educational Administration, with Lora Duzyk (San Diego County Office of Education Chief Business Officer) and Jessica McCreary (San Diego County Office of Education Principal in Residence). This was a fantastic class and a great way to start my Master of Educational Leadership program at SDSU.
Through the cohort model (I am part of Cohort 3), I was able to learn with a great group of dedicated peers and professionals from across the state (and in our cohort, globe). The course itself focused on educational law and finances. My final project proposal was to great the AAS Institute, based on our needs identified in the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and operating budget. Through the course I gained a deeper understanding of EdCode and its evolution, the application to public schools and public charters, as well as finances.
What I enjoyed most in this course was learning with my peers. Our discussion questions and responses will help me become a better manager and leader at AAS and wherever the future may take me.
I am impressed with the program thus far, and am grateful for the learning experiences with my peers and with my instructors, especially Jessica and Lora. Thank you both for a great first semester at SDSU!
J.J. Lewis - a blog sharing the journey throughout SDSU's MA.EL. program.