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WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE ORGANIZATIONS LEADER IN ITS CULTURE?

In three or four paragraphs describe your organization’s culture.  If you are not currently working, reflect on a previous professional environment and explain its culture. Using the information provided in chapters 12 – 14 of our text, describe the unique aspects of your organization’s culture and respond to the following questions:

Is the organization’s culture conducive to change? In other words, does its culture make it easy for mid-level managers to implement change?  Are employees encouraged to think creatively and identify ways of improving programs and procedures?
What is the role of the organization’s leader in its culture? For instance, is the leader instrumental in the good, or bad, culture that exists within the organization?  Would you attribute your organization’s positive or negative culture to the leadership style of the individual(s) at the top?
Does the organization focus on its history, past accomplishments, and the people who made it what it is today?  During banquets, award ceremonies, or annual gatherings (if there are such ceremonies), does the leadership invoke the names of people who either founded the company or were influential in its success?  Or do the organizational leaders focus primarily on their own accomplishments?
Does the culture of your organization seek incremental change as a way of competing with others in business or industry, or does it encourage deep change – the kind that accepts risks?
If you were the CEO of your organization what would you do to change its culture – or would you not make changes?

Create an argument map based on the influence diagram presented in Case 1.3 and complete all the criteria provided in the exercise, beginning with this claim: “The U.S. should return to the 55- mph speed limit in order to conserve fuel and save lives.” 

Assignment 1 Argument Mapping

Write a four to five (4-5) page paper in which you:
(Note: Refer to Demonstration Exercise 3 located at the end of Chapter 1 for criteria 1-3.)

1. Create an argument map based on the influence diagram presented in Case 1.3 and complete all the criteria provided in the exercise, beginning with this claim: “The U.S. should return to the 55- mph speed limit in order to conserve fuel and save lives.”
2. Include in the map as many warrants, backings, objections, and rebuttals as possible.
3. Assume that the original qualifier was certainly; indicate whether the qualifier changes as we move from a simple, static, uncontested argument to a complex, dynamic and contested argument.
(Note: Refer to Demonstration Exercise 3 located at the end of Chapter 8 for criterion 4.)
4. Apply the argument mapping procedures presented in Chapter 8 to analyze the pros and cons (or strengths and weaknesses) of the recommendations that the United States should not intervene in the Balkans.
(Note: Refer to Demonstration Exercise 4 located at the end of Chapter 8 for criteria 5-7.)
5. Write a one (1) page analysis that uses critical thinking to assess the overall plausibility of the claim: “The conflict in Bosnia is somebody else’s trouble. The U.S. should not intervene militarily.”
6. Complete an argument map to illustrate your analysis.
7. Include at least two (2) peer-reviewed references (no more than five [5] years old) from material outside the textbook to support your views. Note: Appropriate peer-reviewed references include scholarly articles and governmental Websites. Do not use open source Websites such as Wikipedia, Sparknotes.com, Ask.com, and similar Websites are not acceptable resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
• Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
• Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
• Use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Draw, PowerPoint, or other graphics program to create the arguments maps for the assignment. Whichever program you use, the graphical maps must be integrated into the Word Document and labeled as a Figure with a number and title. The argument maps are part of the page length.

 

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
• Analyze the historical context, basic concepts, strategies, and / or models of public policy.
• Examine the nature, characteristics, models, and / or methods pertinent to the structuring of policy problems.
• Examine the process of policy argument development.
• Use technology and information resources to research issues in policy analysis and program evaluation.
• Write clearly and concisely about policy analysis and program evaluation using proper writing mechanics.

EXPLAIN THE ROLE OF INDIVIDUALS AND FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN CRIME FIGHTING AND PROSECUTION OF CRIMINAL OFFENSES.

It is common knowledge that two controversial issues in the American legal system are the types of criminal defenses and the manner of criminal punishment. 
In this assignment, you will explore both in their various forms. Use the Internet to research the types of criminal defenses and the manner of criminal punishment.
Write a four to six (4-6) page paper in which you:
Specify the key points involved in the court determining the lawfulness of the use of force. Next, evaluate the level of objectivity inherent in each point that you have specified. 
Determine the fundamental difference between the castle doctrine and stand your ground types of criminal defenses. Justify the validity of each, and provide one (1) example of each to support your response.
Analyze the overall role that double jeopardy clause plays within the trial system. Next, evaluate the general level of fairness of double jeopardy to the defense. Provide a rationale to support your response.
Specify the basic features of adversarial system. Next, support or critique the value of the adversarial system within the criminal law system in the United States. Justify your response.
Argue for or against the right to a speedy trial, as guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Provide a rationale to support your response. 
Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment. 
Note: Wikipedia and similar type Websites do not qualify as academic resources. Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length. 
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
Describe the nature and history of American criminal law.
Explain the role of individuals and federal, state, and local government agencies in crime fighting and prosecution of criminal offenses.
Analyze the essential legal elements of criminal conduct.
Contrast crimes against persons, crimes against property, and other types of criminal conduct.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in criminal law.
Write clearly and concisely about criminal law using proper writing mechanics.

Find a healthcare company (department or company-wide) of your choosing and examine the financial policy within that company that supports or negates sustainability (i.e., cost, benefit, and outcome)

Discussions.

Economic Viability Policy Analysis
Healthcare organizations must be economically viable to implement and maintain policies. Cost-benefit analysis measures viability and highlights when or where changes need to be made to ensure financial sustainability. In a minimum of 250 words, discuss the following:
Find a healthcare company (department or company-wide) of your choosing and examine the financial policy within that company that supports or negates sustainability (i.e., cost, benefit, and outcome). Provide a rationale for your position.
Process of Value Analysis
Assessing value in health care is based on outcome. The policy that is implemented to analyze value must be one that is specific to the healthcare organization, and must address the value issues (i.e., past, current, and forecasted). It is important to note that ethics and values are both inclusive and exclusive of each other in terms of policy; from both the stance of “professional decision-making” and “policy analysis.” In a minimum of 250 words, discuss the following:
Review the “General Requirements for Informed Consent” in Chapter 12 of your text.
Create an Informed Consent (for a hypothetical human subject research) using items 1 – 8 under Section A.

Does every individual have the right of access to education? Why or why not?

Education in the United States 

Read Chapter 9 of The Policy Game: Understanding U.S. Policy Making, and watch Changing Education Paradigms (or read the transcript). Then, write a paper on the problem of education in the United States. Share your reactions to the concepts and perspective presented in the video. In your paper, address the following:

  1. Does every individual have the right of access to education? Why or why not?
  2. Do you think every individual has the right to the same kind of education (i.e., academic versus vocational)? Explain why.
  3. Who should be responsible for the provision of education, the federal or local government? Explain why.
  4. In your opinion, what needs to be done currently to improve our educational system?

Also, discuss one policy that you feel has been instrumental in making positive changes in the provision of education either nationally or locally and explain your position.

Your paper must be three to four pages in length. Begin your paper with an introduction, including a succinct thesis statement. Respond to all questions with critical thought. Conclude with a summary of your thesis and findings. Conclude summarizing your perspective and findings. Incorporate three to five scholarly sources, including a minimum of two from the Ashford University Library. Your paper must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. All sources must be properly cited in text, and your paper must include a separate title page and reference page. The Ashford Writing Center is located within the Learning Resources tab, on the left navigation toolbar.

 

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Identify three ways in which organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and/or the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) work to positively impact quality child care and education.

  • Respond to each item. Each response should be concise and between 2–3 paragraphs in length.
  • Use MS Word to write your responses, and submit your answers to all three questions in one Word document.
  • Copy and paste each question within the document, so that your Instructor can see which question you are responding to.
  1. High-quality early childhood care and education is related to many positive outcomes for children. Review pages 169-174 in the course text. Identify three ways in which organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and/or the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) work to positively impact quality child care and education. Describe one way that individual early childhood professionals can also work to positively impact the lives of young children and their families.
  2. Schools have a definite role the socialization process. Explain the difference between the concepts of cultural assimilation and cultural pluralism. Why is the concept of bilingual/multicultural education an example of cultural pluralism?
  3. Identify and explain key responsibilities of early childhood classroom teachers with regard to children who have disabilities, the IEP process, and their work in inclusive settings. Explain the role of the early childhood classroom teacher in each of these areas, identifying and explaining examples of the key responsibilities of early childhood educators.

What you need to know about mandated reporting procedures in your state

Addressing Maltreatment—The Role of Early Childhood Professionals

Last week, you explored a variety of influences on parenting practices and styles, including instances when children are subjected to maltreatment defined as: “intentional harm to or endangerment of a child” (Berns, 2013, p. 144). This week, you focused on the role of early childhood programs in the lives of young children and families. One responsibility of early childhood educators, as well as any professional who works with young children and their families, is to be aware of requirements for responding to suspected child maltreatment and to support children and families to try to prevent child maltreatment. This Action Plan will help you gain information and ideas to do both.

Action Plan Professional Scenario: Imagine that you are an early childhood professional who has recently moved to the state where you are currently working. You know that it is your responsibility to be aware of state child maltreatment regulations. You also want to be prepared to recognize, intervene, and if at all possible, try to prevent child maltreatment.

Before you create your Action Plan together, consider:

  • What you need to know about mandated reporting procedures in your state
  • What ideas and advice from experts can be useful in supporting children who may be at risk for abuse or are victims of abuse, as well as nonabusive adults in a household
  • What you must do in terms of reporting suspected abuse and what you realistically can do to help a child and family

Follow these steps to create your Action Plan.

1. What You Need to Know: Learning About the Reporting Procedures in Your State

States vary in detailing “mandated reporters” as well as official procedures for reporting. Visit the Prevent Child Abuse America Web site to find out the regulations in your state*: http://pcadb.cyberwoven.com/public/chapters/index.cfm

At this site, click on your state, then click on the URL. Take notes on the following:

  • The “mandated reporters” in your state (if your state has many mandated reporters, list those who work or interact with young children and note there are “others” as well)
  • The official state procedure for reporting child maltreatment

*If you are unable to locate information for your state at this Web site, check your state board of education’s Web site, or do a Web search, for specific guidance and requirements for reporting child abuse in your state.

2. Ideas and Advice: Checking Resources

According to the NAEYC, early childhood educators are in a unique position to support children and families and, through these efforts, play a critical role in addressing the needs of children who are at risk for abuse and neglect.

Review the “Supporting Parents and Preventing Child Maltreatment” article. Also review at least one other of the following resources.

  • Helping Children Thrive: Supporting Woman Abuse Survivors as Mothers (PDF)
    Review the “For Service Providers” sections (see the Index for pages).
  • Promoting Effective and Nurturing Parenting (PDF)
  • Building Circles, Breaking Cycles—Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: The Early Childhood Educator’s Role (PDF)

Take notes on specific ideas and strategies that you, as an early childhood professional, would feel comfortable with and capable of using with children and families.

3. Taking Action: Addressing Child Maltreatment to Support Children in Need

With knowledge and ideas in hand, you’re ready to take action. Organize your Action Plan in two parts, to ensure you cover your two key roles—as a mandated reporter if you suspect abuse, and as an advocate concerned with the well-being of the children and families with whom you work.

Part I: How to Report Suspected Child Abuse in [Your State]

In your own words, explain the procedure for reporting suspected child abuse in your state. List the following:

  • Criteria to use for determining when abuse may be present and a report must be made
  • Steps to follow in making a report

Part II: Strategies for Helping Children and Families

Based on the resources, think about the kinds of needs families that have experienced abuse or are at risk for abuse may have in each of the following areas:

  • Knowledge of child development and positive parenting practices
  • Information on available community resources
  • Reassurance for children and nonabusive parents

Then, for each area, explain:

  • A specific need that a parent or child may have
  • Two specific strategies or suggestions you could use or recommend for addressing that need

As you write your plan:

  • Choose strategies that you as an early childhood professional would have the skill and influence to implement.
  • Think about how you present ideas and suggestions to families. Be supportive and nonjudgmental in the language you use.

Assignment length: 2–3 pages

What would make them have such a dim view?

Social Security

Public surveys indicate that ¾ of younger Americans think that Social Security is a “dead program.” What would make them have such a dim view? Does the strength of the American Association of Retired persons (AARP) play into this perspective?  What are some alternatives to the program as it is now? Should alternatives be considered and why?

 

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your points with scholarly references, appropriate citations, and full references at the conclusion of your post. Cite your sources in APA format. Review several of your classmates’ posts, and then, provide a substantive response to at least two of your classmates by Day 7. What, if any, additional information would you like to share with them about Social Security policy and reform?

Your Final Paper is to be a comprehensive research study on one of the following public policy topics: Environmental Concerns Immigration

Thesis and Outline of Final Paper
This assignment is to be a thorough outline, including components as detailed below, of your Final Paper.
Your Final Paper is to be a comprehensive research study on one of the following public policy topics:

  • Environmental Concerns
  • Immigration
  • Health Care
  • Primary and Secondary Public Education
  • Social Security
  • Welfare

Your analysis of the topic will include:

  1. The scope and nature of the public policy problem.
  2. How the problem came to public and political awareness.
  3. The evolution of related public policy.
  4. Level of government and the actors involved.
  5. The intergovernmental structure and political concerns.
  6. Conflicting public opinion and impact on policy solutions.
  7. The approaches to policy formulation, adoption, and evaluation.
  8. The suggested policy direction (continuation, change or termination) and future impact.

This assignment is to include a title page, introductory paragraph with thesis statement, outline of your major points, summarizing or concluding paragraph, and reference page.  It must be at least four pages in length and include a minimum of five scholarly sources, including a minimum of four from the Ashford University Library. Your paper must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. All sources must be properly cited in text, and your paper must include a separate title page and reference page. The Ashford Writing Center is located within the Learning Resources tab, on the left navigation toolbar.
Your outline should be organized as follows:

  1. Title page (one page)
  2. Introduction with thesis statement
  3. Body
  4. Concluding paragraph
  5. Reference page (one page)

 

Final Paper will be between eight to ten pages (including title and reference pages) in length, with at least six to ten scholarly sources, including a minimum of four from the Ashford University Library. The sources should be from a variety of resources including literature databases, academic journals, books, and other scientific sources.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.