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Park University School for Education Conceptual Framework
ED 520 Special Needs in the Classroom
U1P 2008 EDI
Bachelor of Science Elementary EducationMaster of Arts Behavior Disorders/Emotionally DisturbedAdministrative Certification
June 2-July 25, 2008
5:00 - 9:30 PM
Crawford, V. (2002). Embracing the monster: Overcoming the challenges of hidden disabilities.
Baltimore, MA: Paul H. Brooks Publishing Co.
- ISBN #1-55766-522-2
Turnbull, A., Turnbull, H.R., & Wehmeyer, M.L. (2007). Exceptional lives: Special education in
today’s schools, (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
- ISBN # 0-13-170869-4
Note: Students are encouraged to use resource materials provided by the authors and publishers, which may be accessed at http://www.prenhall.com/turnbull
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (2007). Individual education
Plan (IEP). Retrieved from http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/Compliance/IEP/Index.html
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (2007). Regulation III
identification and evaluation. In Missouri state plan for part B of the individuals with
disabilities act (pp. 18-39). Jefferson City, MO: Author.
- May be accessed at http://dese.mo.gov/schoollaw/rulesregs/Inc_By_Ref_Mat/Special%20Education/Part%20B-Final%20Regulation%20III%20Identification%20and%20Evaluation%20(4-07).pdf
Tomlinson, C.A. (2005). The differentiated classroom: Responding to the needs of all learners.
Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
- ISBN # 0-13-119502-6
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This course is designed to address the special needs of students being included in the traditional classroom.
Educational Philosophy: The instructor’s educational philosophy is to encourage learners to interact with one another—to share knowledge, skills, experiences, thoughts, and beliefs—in a climate of mutual respect and appreciation of differences in order to enhance professional/personal knowledge and skills.
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:
Points may be earned as follows: Points
§ Attendance/Participation (7%) 200 (8 classes x 25 points)
§ Learning Journal (20%) 600 (15 chapters x 40 points)
§ Reflecting Reading Assignment (8%) 250
§ Differentiated Instruction (10%) 300 (10 chapters x 30 points)
§ Disability Awareness Project (20%) 600
§ Resource Notebook (5%) 150
TOTAL POINTS: 3000
The final grade will be based on the percentage of total points earned.
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), 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, etc.
You are required to:
1.) Read the text Embracing the Monster and complete the reflective reading assignment provided by the Instructor. Be prepared to share your responses and engage in discussion about the text with other students in class.
2.) Maintain a Learning Journal. For each chapter assigned in Exceptional Lives, you are to read and complete a reflective entry (1/2-1 page) for your Learning Journal. Note: You are NOT required to submit a reflective entry on the chapter covering the topic of your Exceptionality Awareness project.
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 a variety of 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 (1 page) MUST include the following components:
Definition(s) of exceptionality
§ Include key definitions provided by IDEA/Missouri State Plan for Special Education, professional organizations, and/or researchers in the field.
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 disability 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 causes associated with the exceptionality.
§ Discuss treatment approaches (e.g., medication, therapy) used in working with students with this type of exceptionality (if appropriate).
VI. 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 genera education curriculum.
VII. Key Resources for Professionals
§ List and briefly describe at least two (2) 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.
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 10-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 may 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;
- Engage your audience (i.e., be creative, interactive, and interesting);
- Make it beneficial and worthwhile for your audience.
5.) Complete one Field Experience, which may include:
a. an interview of a Special Education Teacher,
b. an interview of an individual with an exceptionality,
c. an interview of a parent/caretaker of a child with an exceptionality or disability,
d. other, with approval from Instructor.
NOTE: Assure all people involved in an interview/observation that no identifying information about students/parents will be used in order to protect rights of privacy and confidentiality.
The purpose of the Field Experience is to enrich your knowledge and understanding of the professional dynamics involved in the education of children and youth with exceptionalities. To complete the assignment, you must…
§ Complete a 2+ page written report that includes the following:
- Introduction - describe your field experience project (e.g., Who, What, When, Where, How) and discuss what your purpose (i.e., Why) was for selecting this type of field experience (10% of total points),
- Summary of the interview, i.e., describe what happened (15% of total points), AND provide the questions/answers (at least 10) 25%of total points.
- Analysis and reflection**** Discuss how your field experience met your original purpose. How did what you learn support, refute, and/or expand what you are learning in class? What did you learn from this experience to better prepare you to successful include students with special learning needs in your classroom? What additional questions or concerns do you have after your field experience has been completed? Discuss what additional information you want to learn about. (50% of the total points).
Note: each section of your written report must start with a heading.
6.) Core Assessment: Lesson Plan Adaptation Project
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. 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.
§ 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 the Lesson Plan Adaptation Project that WILL BE USED to calculate your final grade.
7.) 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. A Resource Notebook Checklist has been developed and will be used to grade the completed Resource Notebook.
Topic: Overview of Course/Overview of Special Education
§ Assignment DUE: read and complete learning journal entry for chapter 1 in Exceptional Lives
§ Assignment DUE: read and complete learning journal entry for chapter 2 in Exceptional Lives
§ Assignment DUE: read and complete learning journal entry for chapter 4 in Exceptional Lives
Topic: First Person Account - Living with Disabilities
§ Assignment DUE: Reflective Reading Assignment on Embracing the Monster
Topic: Differentiated Instruction
§ Assignment DUE: read and complete study questions for chapters 1 – 10 in The Differentiated Classroom
Topic: Students with Special Learning Needs – LD and AD/HD
§ Assignment DUE: read and complete learning journal entries for chapters 5 & 8 in Exceptional Lives
Topic: Students with Special Learning Needs – CD, ED/BD, MR, & Autism
§ Assignment DUE: Read and complete learning journal entries for chapters 6, 7, 9, & 11 in Exceptional Lives
§ Assignment DUE: Exceptionality Awareness Projects
§ Assignment DUE: Field Experience
Topic: Students with Special Learning Needs – PD/Orthopedic Impairment, OHI, TBI, HL, & VL
§ Assignment DUE: Read and complete learning journal entries for chapters 12, 13, 14, & 15 in Exceptional Lives
§ Assignment DUE: Exceptionality Awareness Projects
Topic: Students with Special Learning Needs – G & T, At-Risk, Students who are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD)
§ Assignment DUE: Read and complete learning journal entries for chapters 3 & 12 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
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 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
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 28It 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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