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Park University School for Education Conceptual Framework
ED 522 Legal Aspects of Special Education
S1P 2011 EDX
Pate, Victoria J.
Senior Professor/Adjunct Faculty
Juris DoctorMediation Certification
January 10 - March 5, 2011
8:30 - 1:00 PM
The Answer Book on Special Education Law, 5th ed. revised 2009, J. Norlin, LRP Publications.
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Educational Philosophy: To provide an interactive and interdisciplinary learning opportunity for the student in which the student will develop an ethical, legal and objective approach to educating children with disabilities.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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 development of a written presentation for Special Education Parents Night. Students will be required to develop a presentation for an “open house” held by a hypothetical school for parents who are “new” to the special education process. The presentation should identify the various steps in the special education process and should include identification of school and parent responsibilities as well as describe the dispute resolution process. Additionally, the presentation should identify the goals the school has for a successful educational experience for both parent and child. 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 – 6.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: No mid-term or final exams. Final grades will be based on class participation in discussion, group projects, daily worksheets and a Core Assessment Activity. Group projects are designed to reinforce the lecture material. Worksheets are designed to assess the student's understanding of and ability to apply the weekly reading assignments, case readings and lecture material to specific issues concerning the week's main topics. You will benefit from reading the text and case assignments prior to each class session.
Participation = 40 points (5 points @ day)
Worksheets = 80 points (10 points @ day)
Core Assessment Activity = 30 points
Total possible points = 150
90 -100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
below 60%= F
Late Submission of Course Materials: Five (5) points will be deducted from worksheets submitted after the due date. If you know you will be absent you may submit your worksheet by email. However, your work must be received on the due date in order to escape point deduction. No credit will be given for late submission of the Core Assessment Activity except in exceptional circumstances.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom or whose behavior interferes with the learning of other students will be subject to disciplinary action ranging from dismissal from the classroom to expulsion from Park University. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under the influence of drugs or alcohol, excessive tardiness and excessive absences.
Chapter 1; also pages xliii - xlvi "How to Use the Answer Book"
Chapter 8; see also questions 19-20 on 11:16-17; also questions 26-31 on 11:20-24
Chapters 2 and 10; see also questions 4-9 on 7:2-7 and questions 33-40 on 12:23-31
Zobrest v. Catalina Foothills School Distict, 509 U.S. 1 (1993)
The legal standards of an "appropriate" education; extended school year services; legal compliance with the "least restrictive environment" mandate.
Special Project #2: Documentation in support of change of placement
Chapters 3 and 5
Earliest Core Assessement Activity may be turned in.
Related Services; assistive technology devices and services; extra-curricular activities; duty of care issues concerning students with disabilities.
Chapter 6; see also questions 39-40 on 3:24-27
Irving Independent School District v. Tatro, 468 U.S. 883 (1984)
Core Assessment Activity due.
Discipline; the legal standards for conducting behavioral assessments and manifestation determinations; the Missouri Safe Schools Act and the disabled student; transition services.
Chapter 11; see also questions 33-37 on 3:21-23
Chapters 12, 13 and 4; see also questions 15-31 on 14:13-22
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 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 20
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 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 20
Instructors 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 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 24Since participation is an integral part of this course, missing any class will result in zero participation points for that day regardless of whether the absence is excused or unexcused.
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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