This course helps teachers analyze the complex historical, cultural, sociological, philosophical, and theoretical perspectives which impact schools. It examines the educational process in the context of modern society and how that process is influenced by the forces of the larger community. Participants will reflect on and examine the human dynamics associated with motivation, various theories of leadership, the mentor/mentee relationship and career/professional development. Recognizing the teacher as a leader within a professional community is an important component of the course. This course helps answer the questions, “how do schools work,” “how did we get here,” and “where are we going and how do we get there?” Field experiences required.