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ED 520 Special Needs in the Classroom
U1P 2009 ED
ABD UMKC Education and Urban LeadershipMS Education in ReadingBS Education and Psycholgy, MR, LD, BD Certifications
June 3, 2009 through July 21, 2009
5:00 - 9:30 PM
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (2007). Individual education Plan (IEP). Retrieved October 18, 2007, from http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/Compliance/IEP/Index.html
Note: students are responsible for making themselves a copy of Missouri’s Individual Education Plan (full version – with all attachments, including forms A – F and the Data Collection form), which may be accessed at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website.
Note: students are responsible for making themselves a copy of section “Regulation III”of the Missouri State Plan for Special Education (21 pages), which may be accessed at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website.
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American Psychological Association. (2001). Publication manual of the American Psychological
Association (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
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Educational Philosophy: The instructor's educational philosophy is to encourage learners to share, discuss, and work collaboratively in a climate of mutual respect. Students will be encouraged to read, write, and study on the course topic. A key to the learnings will be the ability to apply, synthesize, and evaluate the information and data in the field on the topic.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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 RubricClass Assessment:
You are required to:
3.) Complete study guide questions on Tomlinson’s The Differentiated Classroom. For each chapter assigned in The Differentiated Classroom, you are to select and answer two (2) questions from the study guide provided by the Instructor. Be prepared to share your responses and engage in discussion about the text with other students in class.
4.) Complete an Exceptionality Awareness Project. Using information researched from (at least) five (5) sources of information (e.g., textbooks, journal articles, books, Internet)…
A.) Summarize information from your research on your selected/assigned exceptionality in a Fact Sheet (e.g., Fact Sheet on Learning Disabilities).
The Fact Sheet (4+ pages) MUST include the following components:
I. Definition(s) of exceptionality
§ Include key definitions provided by IDEA/Missouri State Plan for Special Education, professional organizations, and/or researchers in the field.
II. Characteristics associated with the exceptionality
§ Discuss the (a) cognitive and perceptual, (b) language, (c) learning, and (d) social-emotional characteristics associated with this type of exceptionality AND
§ Discuss how these characteristics might impact a student’s learning (e.g., in the general education classroom).
§ Discuss the occurrence of the exceptionality.
§ Discuss the different types associated with the exceptionality (if appropriate).
§ Discuss the causes associated with the exceptionality.
VI. Identification and Assessment
§ Describe the identification and eligibility requirements for this type of exceptionality to receive SPED or special services (e.g., ESOL, Gifted) in Missouri.
§ Discuss treatment approaches (e.g., medication, therapy) used in working with students with this type of exceptionality (if appropriate).
VIII. Differentiated Instructional Strategies****
§ Discuss strategies to differentiated (a) content (i.e., what you teach and what materials you use), (b) process, (i.e., how you teach and what learning activities you engage students), and (c) product (i.e., summative evaluation) that can be used by the regular education teacher to help students with the exceptionality be successful in a regular classroom and access the general education curriculum.
§ Discuss the use of technologies; auxiliary aids, support services etc. that can be used by the regular education teacher to help students with the exceptionality be successful in a regular classroom and access the general education curriculum.
IX. Key Resources for Professionals
§ List and briefly describe at least four (4) key resources (e.g., Internet sites, Professional Organizations, written materials, etc.) that would serve as valuable resources for the general education teacher when working with students with the exceptionality.
§ Using APA format, list the (at least five) references used in compiling the information for your fact sheet.
B.) On the day of your presentation, provide a copy of your "Fact Sheet” to all members of the class for their Resource Notebooks.
C.) Using information from your research review and Fact Sheet, prepare a 30-minute (approximately) presentation on your assigned exceptionality. Prepare your presentation as if you were invited by your school principal to be the guest speaker on your exceptionality topic at the next faculty meeting in which other professional educators and staff will make up your audience. Therefore, as part of your presentation, you will want to:
- Demonstrate your level of knowledge of your topic by covering the key informational
components of the Fact Sheet;
- Use PowerPoint to highlight key information;
Note: a "hard" copy of the PowerPoint presentation must be provided to the Instructor on the day of your presentation.
- Engage your audience (i.e., be creative, interactive, and interesting);
Note: You MUST include at least one (1) learning activity to help engage the audience (however, more than one would be better!!!!).
- Make it beneficial and worthwhile for your audience; AND
Note: your goal is to increase your audience’s awareness of the exceptionality and how to effectively work with students with this exceptionality in a regular education classroom.
- Professionally present information (e.g., appropriate voice level, eye contact, body
language, professional dress).
D.) After your presentation, complete a written self-reflection (2+ pages, with appropriate headings) in which you comment on: (a) what went well with your project, (b) what did not go as well as you would have liked, and (c) what you learned about yourself that would enhance your performance in the future. Your self-reflection is due the class session following your presentation.
5. Complete a Professional Development Project (3 hour practicum experience).
To complete your professional development project, you must:
a.) Submitted a written purpose statement (1 page) for your professional development project to the Instructor for approval PRIOR to initiating the project. The purpose statement is an explanation of what you wish to learn by completing this particular project (e.g., How will this project support, expand, and/or enrich your professional development in regards to being an effective teacher working with students with ELN?). In addition to your purpose statement, you must develop 4-6 guiding questions relative to your project you will answer as you complete your project. (25% of total points)
Note: a copy of the pre-approved purpose statement, with guiding questions, MUST be attached to your written report; AND
b.) Complete a 2+ page written report that includes the following:
§ Introduction - describe your professional development project (e.g., Who, What, When, Where, How) and discuss what your purpose (i.e., Why) was for selecting this type of project (10% of total points);
§ Summary of the activities involved in your project (i.e., what did you do to answer the guiding questions associated with your project) (15% of total points); AND
Summary: The preservice teacher must have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to differentiate instruction to address and meet the diverse needs of students typically found in today’s mixed-ability classrooms.
To demonstrate one’s competence of MoSTEP quality indicator 1.2.3, the general education
184.108.40.206 identifies prior experience, learning styles, strengths, and needs;
220.127.116.11 designs and implements [implement] individualized instruction based on prior experience, learning styles, strengths, and needs;
18.104.22.168 knows when and how to access specialized services to meet students' needs;
22.214.171.124 connects instruction to students' prior experiences and family, culture, and community.
To complete this requirement, you must write a reflective essay on MoSTEP quality indicator 1.2.3 and performance indicators 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52., 184.108.40.206., and 220.127.116.11, which will be included in your Teacher Portfolio. Your reflective essay MUST include:
a. Write a restatement of each of the indicators to explain your understanding of them (i.e., paraphrase what they mean in your own words) and a rationale to explain why they are important;
b. an explanation of how your graduate coursework, including the ED 520 Special Needs in the Classroom course, and other relevant experiences, such as professional work experiences, tutoring, volunteering, etc., has added to your knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with MoSTEP 1.2.3 quality and performance indicators; AND
d. Select at least one (1) of the learning activities completed in the ED 520 course as an artifact and explain how it demonstrates your competence (i.e., knowledge, skills, and dispositions) associated with the quality and/or performance indicators associated with MoSTEP 1.2.3. Your explanation should include a brief description of the artifact; how certain elements of the artifact are connected to specific knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with this standard; and how these elements demonstrate your competency of specific knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with the standard.
You may wish to reference the following information BEFORE writing your reflection essay:
For Students in other Graduate Programs (MED, MEOL): Your essay (3+ pages) should include an analysis of the information learned from the textbooks/materials, class presentations, class discussions and activities, assignments, etc. AND evaluation of the critical knowledge and skills a regular education teacher must know and be able to do to successfully include students with special learning needs in the regular classroom. You may wish to reference the following information BEFORE writing your reflection essay.
• Missouri Standards for Teacher Education Programs (MoSTEP) – Standard 1.2.3
• Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Code of Ethics for Educators of Persons with Exceptionalities (http://www.cec.sped.org/ps/ps-ethic.html)
• Crawford, V. (2002). Embracing the monster: Overcoming the challenges of hidden disabilities. Baltimore, MA: Paul H. Brooks Publishing Co.
7.) Core Assessment: Lesson Plan Adaptation Project
A.) Prepare and submit a lesson plan for a general education classroom; the lesson plan may cover one class period or multiple class periods. The lesson plan may be a pre-existing one or created from scratch; however, regardless of its source, it must be formatted the same as the Lesson Plan Outline provided by the Instructor (see syllabus). Note: if you use a pre-existing lesson plan, you must reference your source. The instructional unit may be at any level (grades K-12) or content area (e.g., Language Arts, math, social studies, science) of your choosing.
§ Teacher Work Sample (TWS) – Components II, IV, and VI
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.
§ TWS – Component I (Learning Contexts – Student Characteristics)
C.) Based on your examination and analysis above (see B), you are to propose AND justify the use of at least two (2) accommodations for each of these given students with SLN in each of the following areas on the lesson plans developed for your instructional unit, including:
1.) content (i.e., “what” you teach; materials used),
2.) process (i.e., “how” you teach; student learning activities), AND
3.) product (i.e., students’ summative evaluation).
Your justification must include a discussion of how each of the accommodations/
modifications/assistive technologies you proposed will aid each of these students be
successful in the regular education classroom. If you provided no accommodations/
adaptations for the students in these sections of the lesson plans, then you must
provide justification for your decision.
§ TWS – Components II, IV, and VI
D.) 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.
E.) 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 theLesson Plan Adaptation Project that WILL BE USED to calculate your final grade.
8.) Complete a Resource Notebook, which should organize resource information and materials received during the course (e.g., class lectures/presentations/handouts, article summaries, Fact Sheets, Instructional Strategies, etc.) in a 3-ring binder.
Points may be earned as follows: Points
§ Attendance/Participation (10%) 300 (8 classes x 37.5 points)
§ Learning Journal (15%) 450 (15 chapters x 30 points)
§ Reflecting Reading Assignment (5%) 150
§ Differentiated Instruction (10%) 300 (10 chapters x 30 points)
§ Disability Awareness Project (20%) 600
§ Professional Development Project (10%) 300
§ Reflective Essay (5%) 150
§ Lesson Adaptation Project (20%) 600
A = 90 – 100% 2700 – 3000 points
B = 80 – 89% 2400 – 2699 points
C = 70 – 79% 2100 – 2399 points
D = 60 – 69% 1800 – 2099 points
F = 59% or lower 1799 points or less
Late Submission of Course Materials: ALL assignments, even if late, are required to earn a grade for this course. Late assignments will result in the loss of points of 10% per calendar days x total points possible of assignment.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
You are expected to:
§ Attend class on a regular basis. Come to class on time. (See Instructor's attendance
§ Complete reading assignments prior to the class session, bring textbook(s)/materials to class, and consistently contribute meaningfully to class discussions. You are expected to fully participate in all class activities, including lectures and discussions, demonstrations, presentations, small group projects, and any other type of in-class activities that may occur.
§ Conduct yourself in a highly professional manner. In addition to those guidelines about student conduct established by the University (e.g., cheating, plagiarism) and the SFE Teaching Dispositions, professionalism includes such things as establishing positive relationships and engaging in positive interactions with peers, colleagues, and instructors, attending respectfully to others who are sharing information with the class or group, being flexible to unforeseen changes in the course syllabus, and so on.
§ Use current APA style in all aspects of written assignments (e.g., page set-up/format, citations, references, etc.). Failure to demonstrate appropriate use of current APA style will result in a reduction of points for the assignment, as will style, spelling, and format errors. In professional writing, past tense is generally accepted. Avoid using contractions, personal pronouns, or slang expressions. Must use people-first language (e.g., individuals with disabilities; students with learning disabilities). You are encouraged to use the services of the Academic Support Center (Mabee 406, near the Library, 584-6330) for assistance in developing written reports and for editing and style assistance.
* The following course schedule of topics indicates dates for readings and assignments to be done. It is tentative for several reasons: (1) class discussion may indicate content changes; and (2) as we progress, we may decide to devote more or less time to a topic. Subject to the above, we will follow the schedule. Unless we agree in class to a change in assignment due dates, they will remain as indicated.
Topic: Overview of Course
§ Assignment DUE: read and complete reflective entry for chapter 1 in Exceptional Lives
§ Assignment DUE: read and complete reflective entry for chapter 2 in Exceptional Lives
Note: Bring copies of Regulation III (Identification and Evaluation, pp. 18-39) in Missouri State Plan for Special Education AND Missouri’s Individual Education Program form (full version, 17 pages) to class for review.
§ Assignment DUE: read and complete reflective entry for chapter 4 in Exceptional Lives
§ Assignment DUE: Reflective Reading Assignment on Embracing the Monster
Topic: Differentiated Instruction
§ Assignment DUE: read and complete reflective entries for chapters 5 & 8 in Exceptional Lives
Topic: Professional Standards – Working with Students with Special Needs
§ Group Activity: Pre-writing activity on reflective essays
§ Assignment DUE: Read and complete reflective entries for chapters 6, 7, 9, & 11 in Exceptional
§ Assignment DUE: Exceptionality Awareness Projects
§ Assignment DUE: Reflective Essay – for MAT students 1st draft of MoSTEP 1.2.3 essays and for MED students 1st draft of reflective essay – Be prepared to share essays with peers for editing
§ Assignment DUE: Read and complete reflective entries for chapters 12, 13, 14, & 15 in Exceptional Lives
§ Assignment DUE: Exceptionality Awareness Projects
§ Assignment DUE: Reflective Essay – for MAT students 2nd
§ draft of MoSTEP 1.2.3 essays and for MED students 2nd draft of reflective essay – Be prepared to share essays with peers for editing
Topic: Professional Development Project
§ Assignment DUE: PD Projects
Topic: Students with Special Learning Needs – G & T, At-Risk, Students who are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD)
§ Assignment DUE: Read and complete reflective entries for chapters 3 & 10 in Exceptional Lives
Topic: Differentiated Instruction for Student Success
§ Assignment DUE: Lesson Plan Adaptation Project (Core Assessment)
Topic: Evaluation of Resource Notebook
§ Assignment DUE: Resource Notebook
Topic: Professional Standards
§ Assignment DUE: Reflective Essays
Academic Honesty:As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 25
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 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 25
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 for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 29It is important you attend every class. If you are unable to attend class, you must notify the Instructor the reason for your absence. Attendance will be considered in determining the final course grade. If you have two (2) absences for the term, your final grade will be lowered by one grade, for example, an "A" will become a "B". If you have three (3) or more absences during the term, it is strongly recommended you withdraw from the class and re-enroll during another term. Two late arrivals or early departures will equal one missed class.
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 .
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