Unit 4 Discussion Board

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Assignment:  Unit 4 – Discussion BoardType:  Discussion BoardPoints Possible:  90Points Earned: Deliverable Length:  See assignment detailsView objectives for this assignmentDetailsLearnReadMy Work 
Assignment Description
The Discussion Board (DB) is part of the core of online learning. Classroom discussion in an online environment requires the active participation of students and the instructor to create robust interaction and dialogue. Every student is expected to create an original response to the open-ended DB question as well as engage in dialogue by responding to posts created by others throughout the week. At the end of each unit, DB participation will be assessed based on both level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion.
At a minimum, each student will be expected to post an original and thoughtful response to the DB question and contribute to the weekly dialogue by responding to at least two other posts from students. Two additional responses are required after Friday of each week. Students are highly encouraged to engage on the Discussion Board early and often, as that is the primary way the university tracks class attendance and participation.
The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow students to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the DB question. Because it is not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB will be accepted after the end of each unit.
Discussion Board Question Details
Part 1
Read the article titled Nine Characteristics of High Performing Schools in the Course Materials resources for this Unit. Complete the following:

Discuss what you learned from this article that you can apply in your daily work life.
Select the 4 characteristics that you feel best exemplify quality in education, and place them in order of importance.
Why did you select each of these four characteristics over the remaining 5 characteristics that you did not select?
How does your selection compare with other classmates’ selections?
Why is there a difference?
Where are the similarities?

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Part 2
Consider the article titled Nine Characteristics of High Performing Schools. Choose 2 of the characteristics that would mean the most for your organization or an organization of which you know, and complete the following:

Discuss with your other classmates how one of the following styles might be used by a leader to address deficiencies in any one of the areas that you identified:

Situational leadership
Bureaucratic leadership
Transactional leadership
Charismatic leadership
Servant leadership

Discuss the choices that other students have made, and identify the strengths and weaknesses in the potential usage of the styles.
As a leader in your organization, what steps might you take to implement changes that could enhance the characteristics that you have selected?

In your own words, post a substantive response to the Discussion Board question(s) and comment on other postings. Your response should address the DB question(s) and move the conversation forward. You will be graded on the quality of your postings, including mastery of the concept as well as critical thinking. If asked for your opinion, do not simply state that it is a good or bad idea; elaborate on your reasons and argument. Include enough detail to substantiate your thinking as well as your position on the questions or comments.
For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.
Your assignment will be graded in accordance with the following criteria. Click here to view the grading rubric.
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