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ED 513 Law for Educators
Ewing, Larry


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 513 Law for Educators

Semester

S1P 2008 DL

Faculty

Ewing, Larry

Title

Associate Professor

Degrees/Certificates

BS, MS, EDS, EDD

Office Location

Downtown (911 Main, Suite 900)

Office Hours

Arranged - An office discussion thread will be available in the classroom

Daytime Phone

(816) 842-6182 (Ext 5525)

E-Mail

larry.ewing@park.edu

Web Page

http://parkonline.org

Semester Dates

S1P 2008

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

Online (Asynchronous - You may access the classroom at your convenience as long as deadlines are met for assignments)

Prerequisites

Graduate Standing

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Imber, M. and Van Geel, T. (2004). Education law (3rd ed.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 0-8058-4653-0

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
None

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.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
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Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.


Course Description:
Designed to give educators the legal information they need to correctly interpret and apply the laws that govern all aspects of public education.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor’s role is to provide students with the opportunity to take an active role in reading, researching, presenting, discussing and applying information related to the course objectives and learner outcomes. The instructor recognizes the importance of student contributions to the learning environment and encourages the cooperative exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate an understanding of the different bodies of law that affect school programs and operations.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of legal research methods for continuous professional development.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of legal precedent affecting curriculum development, implementation and evaluation.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of student and school rights related to student free speech and religion.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of legal principles affecting student discipline, student searches, child abuse, and the Missouri Safe Schools Act.
  6. Articulate legal guidelines related to equal opportunity and sexual harassment.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of legal guidelines related to personnel management, supervision, and procedural due process.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of legal guidelines related to personnel management, and substantive due process.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of legal principles related to torts and negligence.


Core Assessment:

All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the relevant Program 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 creation of a Professional Self-Development Plan for School Law.    Students will be required to create their own development plan for staying abreast of changes and developments in school law.  Students should identify those legal issues of particular concern to their professional duties, as well as legal issues of general concern to all members of the school community.  In addition, students should include an identification of the specific resource tools that will be utilized to implement the plan.  The plan should also include a description of specific self-development goals to be accomplished within an identified time frame.   Rubric is attached below.

 
This activity constitutes 20% of the total grade for the course.  It should be no longer than five (5) typed, double spaced pages.  It is due not earlier than week 6 of the course and not later than week 7.  This activity assesses outcomes 1 – 9.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Participation - Student attendance and participation is essential in achieving maximum learning. It is generally expected that you will attend all scheduled class sessions (by logging in at least four out of seven days), and contribute to the classroom learning environment by responding to specified discussion questions. Due no later than Wednesday, 12:00 MST. (8@10 points each = 80 points).

Respond to at least one (more if you wish) of your classmates postings. Responses should include supporting information and/or new thought related to the issue, not simply an agreement or disagreement statement. Due no later than Sunday, 12:00 MST. (8@5 points each = 40 points).

Weekly Worksheet - Using course content of the current week, complete the weekly worksheet. For short answer and essay questions, you should provide a description of the actions you would take along with the justification/rationale for these actions. Due no later than midnight Sunday, MST. (7 @ 10 points each = 70 points) Worksheet evaluations/summary may be found in the course Gradebook on Monday following the course week.

Weekly Reflections/Lessons Learned - Each student should submit a weekly reflection journal. The reflection journal is to be submitted no later than Sunday, 12:00midnight MST, and should include the student’s reaction to course activities and lesson learned during the week. These are personal reflection journals. In other words, they are what you think and believe related to what you are learning. Reflections should not be simply a summary of classroom activities. (8@10 points each = 80 points)

Core Assessment - All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the relevant Program 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 creation of a Professional Self-Development Plan for School Law.    Students will be required to create their own development plan for staying abreast of changes and developments in school law.  Students should identify those legal issues of particular concern to their professional duties, as well as legal issues of general concern to all members of the school community.  In addition, students should include an identification of the specific resource tools that will be utilized to implement the plan.  The plan should also include a description of specific self-development goals to be accomplished within an identified time frame.   
 
This activity constitutes 90 points, or 20% of the total grade for the course.  It should be no longer than five (5) typed, double spaced pages.  It is due not earlier than week 6 of the course and not later than week 7, Sunday midnight MST. A Dropbox for assignment submission will be provided week six.  This activity assesses outcomes 1 – 9

Proctored Final Examination/Project - Final Exam (90 points) A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the ParkUniversity sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website and in the online classroom. The final must be taken prior to 12:00 midnight, Sunday, of the last week, MST.

  • Other Information on proctored exams:
    • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.
    • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.
    • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.
    • Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

Grading:

Your e-college grade book will provide you with ongoing progress reports of your performance throughout the term.

The grading scale is (450 points possible):

A = 405 - 450
B = 360 - 404
C = 315 - 359
D = 270 - 314
F = Less than 270

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The total number of points awarded will be reduced by 20% for each day late.  No credit will be awarded for responses submitted later than the end of the fourth day after the due date. Note: Week eight (8) assignments due at Sunday midnight may not be submitted after the deadline for partial credit.  No extensions will be given beyond the week eight Sunday .

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom or interferes with the learning of other students will be subject to disciplinary action ranging from dismissal from the course to expulsion from Park University. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of disrespectful, abusive or obscene language and/or excessive absences.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week One

Bodies of Law and Their Affect on School Programs
Legal Research for Professional Development

Week Two Legal Precedents Affecting the Curriculum
Week Three Legal Precedents Involving Student Rights Related to Free Speech and Religion
Week Four Legal Principles Affecting Student Discipline, Students Searches, and Child Abuse
Week Five Legal Guidelines Related to Equal Opportunity and Sexual Harassment
Week Six Legal Guidelines Related to Personnel Management and Procedural Due Process
Week Seven Legal Guidelines Related to Personnel Management and Substantive Due Process
Week Eight Legal Principles Related to Torts and Negligence

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

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, Analysis, Synthesis, Interpretation                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Outcomes
1, 3-9                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
For the professional development plan, identify school law issues and explain why and how the issues impact the school community in general. The issue should come from the topics or subtopics addressed in the course.
Exceeds expectations – Six or more issues are identified and appropriately explained 
For the professional development plan, identify school law issues and explain why and how the issues impact the school community in general. The issue should come from the topics or subtopics addressed in the course.
Meets expectations – Four to five issues are identified and appropriately explained. 
For the professional development plan, identify school law issues and explain why and how the issues impact the school community in general. The issue should come from the topics or subtopics addressed in the course.
Does not meet expectations – Two to three issues are identified and explained, or the explanations provided do not adequately address the issues identified, even if more than three issues are addressed. 
For the professional development plan, identify school law issues and explain why and how the issues impact the school community in general. The issue should come from the topics or subtopics addressed in the course.
Shows no evidence of meeting expectations – One or fewer issues are identified or explained, or the explanation provided does not adequately address the issue identified, even if more than one issue is addressed. 
Research Skills, Technology Skills                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Specific resource/reference processes are identified to meet the goals of the student's professional development plan.
Exceeds expectations –Six or more processes are identified. 
Specific resource/reference processes are identified to meet the goals of the student's professional development plan.
Meets expectations – Four to five processes are identified. 
Specific resource/reference processes are identified to meet the goals of the student's professional development plan.
Does not meet expectations – Two to three processes are identified. 
Specific resource/reference processes are identified to meet the goals of the student's professional development plan.
0. Shows no evidence of meeting expectations – One or fewer processes are identified. 
Professional Development                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Identifies specific personal goals for professional self-development and a specific time frame for meeting each goal.
Exceeds expectations – Six or more goals and timelines are developed 
Identifies specific personal goals for professional self-development and a specific time frame for meeting each goal.
Meets expectations – Four to five goals and timelines are developed. 
Identifies specific personal goals for professional self-development and a specific time frame for meeting each goal.
Does not meet expectations – Two to three goals and timelines are developed. 
Identifies specific personal goals for professional self-development and a specific time frame for meeting each goal.
Shows no evidence of meeting expectations – One or fewer goals and timelines are developed. 

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