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Use the Internet and Strayer databases to research one (1) topic from the list of recommendations the superintendent provided or your own approved topic. Justify your topic selection by highlighting its relevance to your chosen district being able to successfully meet its K-12 assessment goals. Your research should also focus on locating current issues, applications, assessment strategies, and tools related to your selected topic. Once you complete your research, submit this portion of the white paper to your superintendent for review and feedback.

Assignment 1

Use the Internet and Strayer databases to research one (1) topic from the list of recommendations the superintendent provided or your own approved topic. Justify your topic selection by highlighting its relevance to your chosen district being able to successfully meet its K-12 assessment goals. Your research should also focus on locating current issues, applications, assessment strategies, and tools related to your selected topic. Once you complete your research, submit this portion of the white paper to your superintendent for review and feedback.

Write a five to seven (5-7) page paper in which you:

Propose your research topic in which you detail its relevance to meeting one (1) or more K-12 assessment goals in your chosen school district, focusing on a specific grade level, discipline, or target student population (gifted students, students with special needs, etc.). Examine at least three (3) key political, legal, and / or current issues related to your chosen topic. Describe at least three (3) specific needs of the students in the school district including students with special learning needs. Propose at least three (3) applications your topic has to K-12 assessment in your chosen school district. Provide at least four (4) sources that document detailed information about your proposed topic. The sources must be written within the last five (5) years. 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. 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. The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Assess various measures for assessing learners’ progress, including formal, test-based measures, and informal and observational measures. Analyze traditional theories of assessment. Evaluate alternate forms of assessment for special populations. Use technology and information resources to research issues in educational assessment. Write clearly and concisely about educational assessment using proper grammar and mechanics.

 Assignment 2

Now that your superintendent reviewed your first submission and provided feedback, you will make the suggested revisions. You will also complete this section of the white paper. You will justify your topic selection and its relevance to the school district’s goal of improving its assessment results.

Note: Refer to the Overall Scenario of Assignments 1-4 by clicking here.

Write a three to five (3-5) page paper in which you:

Revise Assignment 1 using the feedback that the superintendent provided. (The revision of the previous assignment is not included in the page count for this assignment). Describe the relevance of your assessment topic in terms of meeting the K-12 assessment goals in your chosen school district as it relates to the specific focus you identified in Assignment 1. Provide specific examples of assessment goals that the school district currently uses to support your rationale. Explore at least three (3) key reasons why you selected the topic in question. Highlight the fundamental aspects of the topic that make it fit into either traditional or alternative assessment research. Justify your response. Suggest three (3) strategies that educators could employ in order to utilize technology within the classroom and thus aid your chosen school district in meeting its K-12 assessment goals. Provide relevant examples of these strategies to support your response. Provide at least three (3) additional reliable, relevant, peer-reviewed references not previously used published within the last 5 years. 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. 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. The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Analyze traditional theories of assessment. Apply new advances and current thought in the field of educational assessment. Evaluate alternate forms of assessment for special populations. Use technology and information resources to research issues in educational assessment. Write clearly and concisely about educational assessment using proper grammar and mechanics.

Overall Scenario of Assignments 1-4 Imagine that your locally elected board of the school district has commissioned an Assessment Task Force to improve the overall standardized test scores of the students within the school district. The superintendent (a role played by your professor), has asked you, the Director of Assessment, to develop an assessment project proposal. The superintendent asked you to include the following in this proposal:

A research topic related to K-12 assessment. Research of a local school district’s Website to learn about the established assessment goals. (Note: Do not identify individuals by name, share proprietary information, etc.) Proposed recommendations for changes to the District’s K-12 assessment goals. Presentation of the proposal for the task force. The superintendent will review the parts of your proposal as you develop each part and provide you feedback. The superintendent expects you to incorporate the feedback into subsequent parts of the proposal for presentation. In your initial meeting with the superintendent, he has provided the following list of sample research topics that could be the focus of your proposal:

Bias (cultural and gender) in aptitude and standardized tests Implications of cognitive science and brain research upon assessment Implications of and Changes to No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 with respect to testing Alternate assessment methods for special populations (e.g., gifted students, students with learning disabilities) Assessing students with disabilities using computer technologies or other innovations (select one or more types of disabilities) Implications of National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers, Coaches, and Students (NETS) to school districts with respect to program assessment. The Implications of the Common Core Standards with relation to your chosen local school district, state education system, or education system on a national level Balancing the use of formative or summative assessments in the classroom with required standardized assessments You may also choose an assignment topic other than those suggested.

Note: By Week 2, students should obtain professor approval on any assignment topics other than those suggested in the Overall Scenario for Assignments 1-4.

Note: You may create and /or make all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of these assignments including providing real research information.

Assignments 1-4 Your project will be broken into the following parts, which the superintendent will review and provide feedback:

Assignment Title Due Date 1 Assessment Project – Part 1

Background of Topic; Current Issues Related to Topic; and Challenges faced by the District, Evaluation of Assessment Strategies and Tools related to Topic Part 1 Week 3 2 Assessment Project – Part 2 Relevance of the Topic and Strategies for the Use of Technology Week 6 with revision of Assignment 1 3 Assessment Project – Part 3

Recommendations for Changes to the District’s K-12 Assessment Goals Week 9 with revision of Assignment 2 4 Assessment Project Presentation Presentation of the White Paper for the Task Force Week 10

Assignment 3

Your white paper is almost complete, and the superintendent reviewed and provided feedback on both of your submissions. For the final section of your white paper, you will focus on identifying the technology implications. Finally, you will make your recommendations to the locally elected board of the school district for its members’ consideration.

Write a three to five (3-5) page paper in which you:

Revise Assignment 2 using the feedback that the superintendent provided. (The revision of the previous assignment is not included in the page count for this assignment). Ascertain three (3) new advances in computer and Web technologies which would benefit K-12 assessment that are related to your topic. Highlight one (1) of these new innovations that might be practical for the district to implement in the near future. Provide a rationale for your response. Propose the strategic manner in you would conduct a training needs analysis for teachers related to your topic. Provide at least two (2) additional reliable, relevant, peer-reviewed references not previously used and published within the last five (5) years. 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. 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. The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Assess various measures for assessing learners’ progress, including formal, test-based measures, and informal and observational measures. Evaluate strategies for a variety of assessment instruments and the theories behind them. Utilize a methodology for linking assessment practices to learning objectives. Use technology and information resources to research issues in educational assessment. Write clearly and concisely about educational assessment using proper grammar and mechanics.

Assignment 4

 

Your white paper that you have developed on your selected K-12 assessment topic is now ready for you to present to the locally elected board of the school district. Create a presentation using Prezi or similar software in order to present your research to the task force. The information within your presentation will assist the Task Force in developing a district-wide professional development plan geared toward improving the overall test scores of the schools within the district.

Recorded Presentation Overall presentation style and structure

Present your findings in ten (10) slides using Prezi, PowerPoint, or a presentation software of your choice. (Note: Notify the professor on Week 7 concerning the software you choose to use for the presentation). Include a title slide and references section (These two [2] slides are not part of the ten (10) slide requirement). Develop a creative, appealing presentation using your chosen tool for a professional audience, using two to three (2-3) colors, two to three (2-3) fonts, and two to three (2-3) other visuals. Provide coherent, clear, organized, and substantive content that can be easily understood by the audience. Provide audio narration of the presentation slides as if you were delivering the speech (Note: If you do not have access to a microphone, then you should provide detailed speaker notes with your presentation.) Create a section of the presentation (first five [5] slides) in which you: Provide an overview of the white paper. The overview should include, at a minimum, background on your topic and its relevance to K-12 assessment and the demographics of the district. Discuss the significant recommendations that you have made within the white paper regarding changes to the district’s current assessment goals. Provide three (3) methods by which the Task Force might use the white paper in order to develop a district-wide professional development plan geared toward improving the overall test scores of the district. Create a section of the presentation (last five [5] slides) in which you: Provide your personal reflection in which you highlight what you have learned from developing the white paper as well as what you have learned during this course. Provide your personal reflection on the new technologies that you researched in Assignment 3 and the manner in which such technologies have changed your views on how to approach assessment in the classroom. Provide your personal reflection on the manner in which you would implement the recommendations made in Assignment 3 within your own school district or within your classroom practices. Provide specific examples of the changes that you have already made or would like to make.

Why are spoken language skills important for the development of academic and behavior skills? Minimum of 150 words with in-text citation(s) and reference(s).

Question 1:

Why are spoken language skills important for the development of academic and behavior skills?

Minimum of 150 words with in-text citation(s) and reference(s).

Question 2:

What strategies do you think are most effective for teaching word recognition skills? Why?

Minimum of 150 words with in-text citation(s) and reference(s).

A curriculum guide is a how-to guide of practical ideas for teaching that is written in a convenient format as teaching notes for use in the future by either you or your colleagues. The guide includes:

Steps for achieving specific objectives

Principles governing behavior, or descriptions of effective teaching strategies, interventions, and accommodations that special educators can use in their classrooms.

Title of the strategy or principle

Explanation of its educational purpose (goal or objective)

Task analysis of teacher and student activities

Student assessment procedures

In 1,250-1,500-words, develop a curriculum guide for spoken language and word recognition that addresses the following:

Grading criteria that accurately, thoroughly, and clearly guides the reader in the implementation and application of the strategies you have designed. This should be usable by any of the teachers in the school.

Be in a format that provides you and your professional colleagues with practical information necessary for effective teaching of students with learning disabilities.

Include a minimum of three references.

Guidelines:

Guide includes five to six criteria, and several examples and a good explanation of each criterion are provided. Guide is accurate, thorough, and clear. Guide demonstrates thorough understanding of curriculum guides. Reader can implement strategy.

APA format, Times New Romans, 12pt., in-text citation(s), reference(s) and Turn It In score less than 20%.

How can we reduce poverty in the United States? Will receiving a college degree improve your career opportunities? Has the United States peaked as a world power?

Select one of the following questions and answer it in 75 to 100 words using the principles of critical thinking you learned in this course. You can use any one of these

  • How can we reduce poverty in the United States?
  • Will receiving a college degree improve your career opportunities?
  • Has the United States peaked as a world power?

Reflect in 75 to 100 words on the process of critical thinking you used in forming your response. Include the following in your reflection:

  • How does the process of critical thinking you used relate to or differ from the process you used to find content for your answer?
  • How can you use critical thinking in other areas?
  • What steps can you take to ensure that you continue to use critical thinking in the future?

The CEO of your firm has approached you with the new strategic plan. One key strategic thrust is to take your product (tangible specialty product/mid tech) and introduce it into an emerging market (India). One KSF is to maintain current margins while not compromising quality. A U.S. “process” (not product) patents exist on the entire product line. The primary competitor is located in Asia.

Week 5 Discussion – International Expansion

The CEO of your firm has approached you with the new strategic plan. One key strategic thrust is to take your product (tangible specialty product/mid tech) and introduce it into an emerging market (India). One KSF is to maintain current margins while not compromising quality. A U.S. “process” (not product) patents exist on the entire product line. The primary competitor is located in Asia.

In today’s complex global business environment, what will be required to make this transition successful? Which strategy would you pursue? What are the risks? Use the readings to solidify your position!

 

MICROSOFT WORD, APA FORMAT.

Locate two articles from the University Library or the Internet and discuss the following, in 75 to 100 words per article: Is the information contained in the articles reliable? Explain. Are the authors credible or non-credible? Why or why not? Is the article credible?

Step 1 of 3:

Provide your opinion on one of the following issues, in at least 50 to 75words.

  • Healthcare system – (Prefered)
  • Climate change
  • National debt
  • Ask your instructor for approval of a social, political or educational issue.

Step 2 of 3:

  • Locate two articles from the University Library or the Internet and discuss the following, in 75 to 100 words per article:
  • Is the information contained in the articles reliable? Explain.
  • Are the authors credible or non-credible? Why or why not?
  • Is the article credible?

Step 3 of 3:

Reflect on your original opinion of your topic in 50 to 75 words. Consider the following questions for your response:

  • Which of the two articles was more persuasive? Why?
  • Has your opinion changed after reading the articles? Why or why not?
  • What type of information and research would you need to change your opinion if it did not change?

Cite your references.

Format your responses consistent with APA guidelines.

Analyze the impact of your individual’s contribution on today’s public health system. HELP: You are asking “what happened as a result of this contribution at the national and community level?” For example, some elements you could address include: did it change attitudes did it change protocols and policies did behavior change result did it add/eliminate laws

Significant Contributions to Public Health – Part II

This is a continuation of your final project, which you started in Week 3. This last piece involves an analysis of how your individual’s contribution from the past continues to contribute to today’s public health system and how it might guide future work within the industry. As you recall, in week 3, you researched an individual and their contribution to community and public health. To begin, you need to review the feedback given to you from Week 3. Then, make the necessary revisions to Part I of this project. Then, you will be adding the second half to your project.

Follow this outline to help formulate your paper or presentation:

ACTION: Make sure you review all the feedback from your Week 3 (Part I) assignment and apply any necessary revisions. Your week 3 assignment should have included each of the following elements:

  • GRADED ELEMENT : Describe your selected person’s experience
  • GRADED ELEMENT : Analyze the climate of the time period in terms of political, socioeconomic, environmental and technological context in which this person worked.
  • GRADED ELEMENT : Examine the personal beliefs of your person that prompted this work.
  • GRADED ELEMENT : Examine how this individual overcame any adversities to succeed in his/her task.
  • GRADED ELEMENT : Describe the final outcome of this individual’s contribution to community and/or public health.
  • GRADED ELEMENT : Explain what his/her contribution did for overall community and/or public health at the time.
  • GRADED ELEMENT : Explain why this contribution was so important at that particular point in history.

ACTION: Think about the individual’s contribution to community/public health

  • GRADED ELEMENT : Analyze the impact of your individual’s contribution on today’s public health system.
    • HELP: You are asking “what happened as a result of this contribution at the national and community level?” For example, some elements you could address include:
      • did it change attitudes
      • did it change protocols and policies
      • did behavior change result
      • did it add/eliminate laws
  • GRADED ELEMENT : Analyze how this contribution is still relevant today
    • HELP: Was this contribution only applicable at the time it occurred, or is it still applied today? Why or why not? Explain your response
  • GRADED ELEMENT : Examine how this contribution could support or be expanded for future community and public health benefits
    • HELP: Using solid critical thinking, look at the historical value of the contribution and examine how it could be used for the future (is it applicable to another health issue, can it lead to more policy change, could it promote advocacy work or public health laws, etc.)

You have a choice of which format you wish to present your findings:

Format 1: Written Paper

  • Must be at least 6 pages in length (not including title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Students name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least eight scholarly sources (one of those may be the course text).
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate reference page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

OR

Format 2: Presentation (w/audio or w/speaker’s notes)

  • Must be at least 18 minutes in length (not including title and reference slides) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
    • Must include a separate title slide with the following:
    • Title of presentation
    • Students name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least eight scholarly sources (one of those may be the course text).
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

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

What are some of the complex issues related to gender? What are some of the complex issues related to culture and diversity?

Fair and Equitable?

 

As you have learned from the text and perhaps from your own experiences, characteristics such as gender, culture, socioeconomic status, learning styles, disabilities, and at-risk status can impact the ways that adults relate to and interact with children. As a professional, it is vital that you evaluate your own attitudes and strive to be fair, equitable, and proactive in your interactions with children and families.

 

Review the “Student Characteristics and Teacher Interaction” section (pages 245-266) of your text.

 

Then consider the following questions:

 

  • What are some of the complex issues related to gender?
  • What are some of the complex issues related to culture and diversity?
  • Do all children have an equal opportunity to succeed in school?

 

Choose two characteristics covered in the section you reviewed that concern you the most in terms of the potential for inequitable treatment of young children.



Post your thoughts with regard to the following:

 

  • Identify the two characteristics you chose, and explain why each is of special concern to you.
  • Explain how you as a professional can advocate for young children and families in each area. Be sure to also explain how you will ensure that your own behavior with regard to each characteristic is fair and equitable to children you work with and their families.

Dynamic Habitats: Marine Intertidal Communities :Compare and contrast estuarine wetlands and the rocky shore which are influenced by tides.

Question 3. Dynamic Habitats: Marine Intertidal Communities :Compare and contrast estuarine wetlands and the rocky shore which are influenced by tides. Include in your answer: a. a comparison of the estuarine and rocky shore habitats, b. the influence of tides on these two types of habitats, highlighting the differences, c. the special adaptations of organisms which live in these two communities, d. zonation occurring in these communities.

Freshwater Wetlands and Vernal Pools :Describe the pattern of life in freshwater wetlands and vernal pools and the roles they play in the lives of animals that rely on them.

Question 2. Freshwater Wetlands and Vernal Pools :Describe the pattern of life in freshwater wetlands and vernal pools and the roles they play in the lives of animals that rely on them. Include in your answer: a. the similarities and differences of freshwater wetlands and vernal pools b. a description of resource partitioning in these aquatic habitats that allows high biodiversity c. the life histories of dragonflies and tiger salamanders and the value of possessing a larval stage in a life history