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ED 520 Special Needs in the Classroom
Fields, Barbara


Mission Statement: The mission of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Park University is to provide leadership and directions to Park University's graduate and professional programs to assure that they are specialized, scholarly, innovative, and designed to educate students to be creative, independent, and lifelong learners within the context of a global community.

School For Education Mission Statement
The School for Education at Park University, an institution committed to diversity and best practice, prepares educators to be effective school professionals, reflective change agents, and advocates for equity and excellence for all learners.



Vision Statement: Park University's School of Graduate and Professional Studies will be an international leader in providing innovative graduate and professional educational opportunities to learners within a global society.

School For Education Vision Statement
The School for Education at Park University is to be known as a leader in the preparation of educators who will address the needs, challenges, and possibilities of the 21st century.

Park University School for Education  Conceptual Framework


Course

ED 520 Special Needs in the Classroom

Semester

S1P 2008 EDY

Faculty

Fields, Barbara A.T.

Title

Assistant Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D.  Curriculum and Instruction
MA & EdSpec  Educational Administration
BA Education

Office Location

Copley Hall   Room 324

Office Hours

Arranged for Ind Study;  Email or text as needed.

Daytime Phone

816.741.5972    816.584.6583  (messages on both)

Other Phone

816,536,5680

E-Mail

barbara.fields@park.edu

Semester Dates

January 14, 2008-May 9, 2008

Class Days

TBA  Independent Study

Class Time

TBA  Independent Study

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Crawford, V. (2002).  Embracing the monster:  Overcoming the challenges of hidden disabilities.  ISBN: 1-55766-522-2
 
Turnbull, A., Turnbull H.R. & Wehmeyer.  M.L. (2007).  Exceptional lives:  Special education in today's schools.
                ISBN: 0-13-170869-4  
 
Tomlinson, C.A.  (2005).  The differentiated classroom:  Responding to the needs of all learners.  ISBN:  0-13-119502-6

Additional Resources:
APA style manual needed.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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Course Description:
Special Needs in the Classroom:  Designed to address the special needs of students being mainstreamed into the traditional classroom.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is to encourage learners to actively participate in their education.  Students will be encouraged to read, write, and study on the course topic.  A key to the learnings will be the abillity to apply, synthesize, and evaluate the information and data in the field on the topic.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze political, philosophical, and legal issues that influence general and special education for students with disabilities and exceptionalities;
  2. Analyze the process of special education, including prereferral interventions, referral, evaluation and identification, program planning (IEP/504 Plans), placement, and instruction/services for students with exceptionalities;
  3. Explain the role and responsibilities of the general education teacher in educating students with special learning needs;
  4. Compare and contrast the roles of the general and special educator within the school system and how they work as a collaborative team;
  5. Describe the characteristics of students with various types of special learning needs and discuss how these characteristics may impact their learning;
  6. Describe and assess differentiated instructional strategies designed and implemented to successfully include students with special learning needs in the general education classroom;
  7. Analyze current instructional strategies and programs designed to enhance student learning and success in the classroom; and
  8. Practice reflective analysis to increase one's professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions.


Core Assessment:

All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the relevant Departmental Learning Outcomes. The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities. The core assessment for this course is the Lesson Plan Adaptation Project and will account for 20% of the total grade. To complete the Lesson Plan Adaptation Project, students must:

 

A.)     Submit an instructional unit for a general education classroom that covers a minimum of one week or five individual lessons plans. A Lesson Plan Outline will be provided by the Instructor (see p. 14 of syllabus). The instructional unit may be at any level (e.g., grades K-12) and subject (e.g., math, communication arts, social studies, science) of your choosing. In designing your instructional unit, you should assume that you will be teaching students representing different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, as well as the complete range of diversity present in most urban school districts.

B.)     Given the inclusion of three students with special learning needs (SLN) (descriptions of students with SLN will be provided by the Instructor) in your general education classroom, you are to analyze the characteristics of these students' particular disabilities and special learning needs and examine how these characteristics might impact their learning in the classroom. In addition, examine how each student's readiness levels, interests, and learning profiles might impact their learning.

C.)     Based on your examination and analysis above (see B), you are to propose accommodations for each of these given students with SLN in all of the following areas on the (5) lesson plans you developed for your instructional unit, including content (i.e., “what” you teach; materials used), process (i.e., “how” you teach; student learning activities), AND product (i.e., students' summative evaluation).

D.)     Furthermore, you must justify and evaluation how each of the accommodations you proposed will benefit each of these students with SLN.

E.)      You are also to discuss how you plan to work with or collaborate with at least two (2) other collaborative partners, such as special education teachers, teachers' aides, parents, volunteers, co-teachers, peer/cross-age tutors), to meet the needs of these students with SLN.

 

You should be prepared to present your Lesson Plan Adaptation Project and defend your analysis to other students in class.

 

Note: The Core Assessment Rubric (CAR) has been provided for your information. The CAR will be used to report data to Park University's Assessment Committee for North Central Accreditation requirements, but WILL NOT BE USED to calculate your final grade. The Instructor will provide you with a scoring guide for the Lesson Plan Adaptation Project that WILL BE USED to calculate your final grade.

Note: You must submit a hard copy AND an electronic document (i.e., Word file) of your Lesson Plan Adaptation Project to the Instructor. The hard copy will be returned to the student with Instructor comments and scoring and the electronic version will be submitted to the UAC for documentation purposes.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Assigned Readings and Discussion
Article Summaries
Research Report
Field Experience Project
Lesson Plan Adaption Project
Journals

Grading:

Journals   300
Reading and Discussion  400
Differentiated Instruction  300
Article Summaries  500
Research Report  600
Field Experience  300
Core Assessment 600=3000 points
 
2700-3000 =A
2400-2699 =B
2100-2399 =C
1800-2099 =D
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Work will not be late with the independent study.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Online Work

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Student will turn in all coursework the final week.  Working on all assignments as the weeks progress.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 24-26

Plagiarism:

Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct. Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 24-26


Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences in excess of four (4) class periods, in a 16-week semester (or 2, in an 8-week term) will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Dean, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified by mail that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 28
Student will report with progress at every other day.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Content/Comprehension                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Outcomes
5, 6, & 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
The artifact demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of terminology (15+ words) associated with the differentiation process (e.g., content, process, product, accommodations, modifications, assistive technology, goals/outcomes, anticipatory set, modeling, guided practice, diagnostic, summative, and formative assessments). The artifact demonstrated an understanding of terminology (10 -15 words) associated with the differentiation process (e.g., content, process, product, accommodations, modifications, assistive technology, goals/outcomes, anticipatory set, modeling, guided practice, diagnostic, summative, and formative assessments). The artifact demonstrated a limited understanding of terminology (5-9 words) associated with the differentiation process (e.g., content, process, product, accommodations, modifications, assistive technology, goals/outcomes, anticipatory set, modeling, guided practice, diagnostic, summative, and formative assessments). The artifact failed to demonstrate an understanding of terminology (less than 5 words) associated with the differentiation process (e.g., content, process, product, accommodations, modifications, assistive technology, goals/outcomes, anticipatory set, modeling, guided practice, diagnostic, summative, and formative assessments). 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact demonstrated the student's ability to identify the learning needs of a given student with SLN by using information in all three of the following areas, including a student's readiness levels, interests, and learning profile. The artifact demonstrated the student's ability to identify the learning needs of a given student with SLN by using information in at least two of the three following areas, including a student's readiness levels, interests, and learning profile. The artifact demonstrated the student's limited ability to identify the learning needs of a given student with SLN by using information in only one of the three following areas, including readiness levels, interests, and learning profile. The artifact failed to demonstrate the student's ability to identify the learning needs of a given student with SLN by using no information in the three following areas, including readiness level, interests, and learning profile. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact provided abundant information to discuss the characteristics of a given disability and to diagnose the impact of those characteristics on a student's learning.  The discussion and diagnosis consisted of rich, detailed statements with lots of elaboration and explanation. The artifact provided sufficient information to discuss the characteristics of a given disability and to diagnose the impact of those characteristics on a student's learning. The discussion and diagnosis consisted of general statements with little/minimal

detail or elaboration.

 
While there was some information discussing the characteristics of a give disability and diagnosing the impact of those characteristics on a student's learning, the information was vague, unclear, and incomplete. The artifact failed to describe any of the characteristics of a given disability or diagnose the impact of any of those characteristics on a student's learning. 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
5, 6, & 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
The artifact provided an accommodation plan that identified  two or more (2+) accommodations in each of the following areas on the Lesson Plans, including content, materials, instructional process, learning activities, and student product, to enhance the success of  a given student with SLN. The artifact provided an accommodation plan that identified at least one accommodation in each of the following areas on the Lesson Plans, including content, materials, instructional process, learning activities, and student product, to enhance the success of a given student with SLN. The artifact provided an accommodation plan in which there were no/missing accommodations for one or more of the following areas on the Lesson Plans, including content, materials, instructional process, learning activities, and student product, to enhance the success of a given student with SLN. The artifact failed to provide an accommodation plan that addressed any of the following areas on the Lesson Plans, including content, materials, instructional process, learning activities, and student product, to enhance the success of a given student with SLN. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
5, 6, & 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
The artifact provided abundant information to justify the selection of accommodations to benefit a given student with SLN. The justification consisted of rich, detailed statements with lots of elaboration and explanation. The artifact provided sufficient information to justify the selection of accommodations to benefit a given student with SLN. The justification consisted of general statements with little detail/minimal or elaboration. The artifact provided limited information to justify the selection of accommodations to benefit a given student with SLN. The justification was vague, unclear, and incomplete. The artifact failed to provide any justification for the selection of accommodations to benefit a given students with SLN. 
Professional Writing Skills Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact as a whole demonstrated the ability to effectively communicate the differentiation process through the use of correct writing structures and document organization, which included a logical sequencing of artifact components (<5 errors). The artifact as a whole demonstrated the ability to effectively communicate the differentiation process through the use of correct writing structures and document organization, which included a logical sequencing of artifact components (5-10 errors). The artifact as a whole demonstrated limited ability to effectively communicate the differentiation process through the use of correct writing structures and document organization, which included a logical sequencing of artifact components (11-20 errors). The artifact as a whole failed to demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the differentiation process through the use of correct writing structures and document organization, which included a logical sequencing of artifact components (5-10 errors). 
Professional Writing Skills Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Outcomes
8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Various components of the artifact demonstrated the ability to effectively communicate the differentiation process related to that component through the use of correct writing structures and internal structures (No errors). Various components of the artifact demonstrated the ability to effectively communicate the differentiation process related to that component through the use of correct writing structures and internal structures (1-5 errors). Various components of the artifact demonstrated limited ability to effectively communicate the differentiation process related to that component through the use of correct writing structures and internal structures (6-10 errors). Various components of the artifact failed to demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the differentiation process related to that component through the use of correct writing structures and internal structures (>10 errors). 
Collaboration                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Outcomes
3 & 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
The artifact demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of the importance collaboration, including the recognition of various types of collaborative efforts and their effects on student learning, and strategies to establish and maintain collaborative partnerships. Solutions to possible obstacles/barriers to effective collaborative partnerships were also presented and addressed. The artifact demonstrated an understanding of the importance of collaboration, including the recognition of various types of collaborative efforts and their effects on student learning, and strategies to establish and maintain collaborative partnerships. The artifact demonstrated a limited understanding of the importance collaboration. While it addressed collaboration in general, it did not recognize various types of collaborative efforts and their effects on student learning or offer strategies to establish and maintain collaborative partnerships. The artifact failed to demonstrate any understanding of the importance of collaboration.  It did not address the concept of collaboration nor did it identify the various types of collaborative efforts and their effects on students learning. 

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