MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University will offer three courses for school administrators during Summer College 2002.

Earl Yaurala, education professor at NMU, will be the instructor for each course. He joined the faculty in 1994 with a focus on educational administration and recently was recognized with an Excellence in Teaching Award.

Kaurala has worked with the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. His duties have included acting as a consultant to NCA-accredited Upper Peninsula schools, providing workshops in school accreditation and improvement processes and serving as a liaison between the U.P. schools and the NCA office in Ann Arbor. He previously spent 26 years with the Houghton school district and also taught at J.A. Doelle High School and at Portage Lake-Range Area Community Schools.

The three courses include:

-Introduction to Educational Leadership (ED 530, 3 credits): Meets from 7:30-11 a.m. Monday through Thursday from June 17 to July 3. This course reviews the foundations of organizational theory, including definitions and application to organizational behavior. It features an overview of classic organization behavior and human relations theory. A concentration on leadership, motivation, change, conflict and power is applied to school improvement planning and educational leadership.

-Administering Special Programs (ED 534, 2 credits): Meets from 1-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 24 to July 3. This course reviews special program responsibility areas for school administrators and discusses current laws and administrative procedures for each of the specific areas. The course includes an overview of best practice considerations of which principals need to be aware.

-School Finance (ED 543, 3 credits): Meets from 7:30-11 a.m. Monday through Thursday from July 15 to Aug. 1. It examines issues basic to the development of a financial program for public education in the U.S. and Michigan in particular.

To register, contact the student service center at (906)227-1221. For more information on these and other Summer College courses, visit www.nmu.edu/summer.

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Kristi Evans
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