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ECS 590 Topic 1 Purpose and Benefits of Assessments Digital Presentation

Create a 12-15 slide informative digital presentation for a special education and/or early intervention staff in-service that:

  1. Communicates the purpose and benefits of assessments in the early childhood environment.
  2. Describes the purpose and benefits of collaborating with related service providers during the assessment process.
  3. Outlines and describes the multidisciplinary approach, interdisciplinary approach, and transdisciplinary approach collaboration models.
  4. Identifies the benefits of using assessment data to inform educational decisions, develop goals, monitor progress, and inform teaching practices in the classroom.

Support your findings with a minimum of three scholarly resources. Include a title slide, a references slide, and presenter’s notes within your presentation.

While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance

 

ECS 590 Topic 2 Clinical Field Experience A: Legal Responsibilities for Special Education Students

For your 20 hours of field experience in this course, you will spend time in a K-3 classroom where you can observe children with exceptionalities; interview the teacher; facilitate short, small group pre- and post-assessments; and, deliver a lesson. The classroom may be inclusive or a resource room. Directions for each field experience are provided across Topics 2, 3, 4 and 5.

For this topic’s field experience, you will observe the K-3 class you selected, noting students with exceptionalities and their behaviors and accommodations. Ask to review at least two IEPs and look at how the present levels of performance were reported. Observe the students with the IEPs and how they are doing on their goals. Please remember that you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of student records.

In addition, interview your mentor teacher and discuss the following:

  • How information is gathered for writing a statement of present levels of performance from both formal and informal assessments.
  • How information is interpreted and combined from a variety of sources to inform what is included in a statement of present levels of performance.
  • How your mentor teacher uses the information in the present levels of performance to inform goals and instructional activities for students.
  • The process of identifying students for special education from a teacher’s perspective.
  • Legal responsibilities for referring, identifying, and enrolling special education students.
  • The importance of being committed to the ethical use of various assessments and assessment data to identify learner strengths and needs to promote learner growth.
  • Ask your mentor teacher for a copy of parents’ Procedural Safeguards as well as a blank copy of the Prior Written Notice document.

Allocate at least 5 hours in the field to support this assignment.

Write a 250-500 word reflection summarizing what you learned from your observations and interview, your conclusions from the experiences, and how you can apply what you learned toward your future practice as a teacher.

APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

Document the hours and locations that you spend in the field on your Clinical Field Experience Verification Form.

Submit the Clinical Field Experience Verification Form in LoudCloud in the last topic. Directions for submitting can be found on the College of Education site in the Student Success Center.

Review the “Special Education Identification Processes Parent Presentation” assignment in the next topic, as you will use this field experience to inform that assignment.

 

ECS 590 Topic 2 Child Find Pamphlet

Child Find programs are mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and require that each state search out and evaluate children aged birth through 21 who may be in need of early intervention or special education services due to a disability.

For this assignment, research the Child Find requirements at the federal, state, and local levels, as applicable, in your area. Use this information to create a two-sided pamphlet that a school could distribute in the community to inform parents of the Child Find process in your area.

Within your pamphlet, include the following:

  • Information about what families can expect as they move through the Child Find process from initial referral through enrollment in special education, if found eligible.
  • IDEA timelines and other IDEA requirements that would support families in understanding the process.
  • Roles and responsibilities of families and teachers/special education staff throughout the process, including how the teacher or special education staff will serve as an advocate for the child and the family and encourage their participation.
  • At least two local and two national resources that families can use to learn more about IDEA and the Child Find process.

While APA style format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

 

ECS 590 Topic 3 Clinical Field Experience B: Standardized Assessments in the Early Childhood Environment

The clinical field experience in this course must take place in a K-3 setting.

Allocate at least 5 hours in the field to support this clinical field experience.

In this field experience, continue to observe the class, noting the students with exceptionalities and their behaviors and accommodations. Interview the mentor teacher or a school psychologist that assesses early childhood special education students. Prior to the interview, create a list of five questions pertaining to the assessment process. Be sure to specifically address the teacher or school psychologist’s district assessment process during your interview.

During the interview, request information on at least five standardized assessment tools they use in the early childhood environment. (Ask if you can see examples.) Following the interview, research three of the standardized assessment tools discussed in the interview.

Write a 250-500 word summary of the interview that includes the following:

  • Descriptions of the assessment tools researched, including the developmental or academic areas they assess, how they are assessed, and how the results are scored and reported.
  • An example of how the results of one of the assessments can be used by the student’s teacher to meet the educational needs of that student in the classroom.

Be sure to cite the resources you used to research the assessment tools. Submit your interview questions and summary as one deliverable.

Prepare the summary according to the guidelines found in the Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

Document the hours and locations that you spend in the field on your Clinical Field Experience Verification Form.

Submit the Clinical Field Experience Verification Form in LoudCloud in the last topic. Directions for submitting can be found on the College of Education site in the Student Success Center.

Review the “Standardized Assessment Lesson Plan” assignment in the next topic, as you will use this field experience to inform that assignment.

 

ECS 590 Topic 3  Special Education Identification Processes Parent Presentation

Create a 12-15 slide digital presentation explaining processes related to identifying the need for special education services that could be placed on a district website for families to access.

Use the information obtained from your “Clinical Field Experience A” assignment, along with researched information and include the following in your presentation:

  • The district’s assessment process and timelines.
  • The purpose and parent rights related to the Prior Written Notice (PWN) document.
  • The purpose and parent rights related to the procedural safeguards.
  • The role and responsibilities of the special education teacher in the special education identification/assessment process.

As you create your presentation, focus on explaining to families what the legal responsibilities of the district are and how families will experience the teacher’s role in implementing those requirements.

Include a minimum of three credible references for your information. Include a title slide, a references slide, and presenter’s notes (that could be narrated on the district website display) within your presentation.

While APA style format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

 

ECS 590 Topic 4 Clinical Field Experience C: Pre-Assessment Using Non-Standardized Assessments

The clinical field experience in this course must take place in a K-3 setting.

Allocate at least 5 hours in the field to support this assignment.

Review the benchmark assignment, “Small Group Assessment Plan” in Topic 5, as you will use this field experience to inform Part 1 of that assignment.

In this field experience, continue to observe the class. With your mentor teacher, select a small diverse group of 4-6 students (include at least one student with exceptionalities) and determine an academic area in which to assess them.

Select a technology-based assessment to use with these students. Your assessment should be a developmentally appropriate and engaging activity or game that will quickly assess the students’ present levels in the selected area. It may be professionally produced, self-created, or pre-created by your mentor teacher. Implement the assessment to establish the students’ current levels of performance in the academic area you chose to assess.

For your technological device, you may choose to use an interactive white board, tablet, computer, augmentative communication device, or any other form of technology found in your classroom for this assignment. You are also encouraged to differentiate the assessment to meet individual student needs, as applicable for the students in the group.

In 250-500 words, summarize your developmentally appropriate and engaging technology-based assessment choices and rationalize how your choices meet the needs of students in your small group. Be sure to explain how you will use your findings in your future professional practice.

If technology is not available, create an alternative pre-assessment to implement. In addition, identify and rationalize technology that could be an appropriate support for the students identified as well as the school or district representative that supports technology to obtain tech support to meet specific student needs in the classroom.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

Document the hours and locations that you spend in the field on your Clinical Field Experience Verification Form.

Submit the Clinical Field Experience Verification Form to LoudCloud in the last topic. Directions for submitting can be found on the College of Education site in the Student Success Center.

 

ECS 590 Topic 4 Standardized Assessment Lesson Plan

Select one of the standardized tools you researched in your “Clinical Field Experience B” assignment. Based on the developmental or academic area the tool is assessing, select one of the students from the observed classroom who would benefit from a differentiated lesson plan. Create a lesson for that student using the “COE Lesson Plan Template” that could be used to:

  • Build student skills in that assessment developmental or academic area.
  • Gather more information about the student’s level of performance in the selected developmental or academic area using one formative and one summative assessment.

Additionally, include a 250-300 word rationale explaining why the lesson plan and assessments are appropriate for the student you selected.

Submit the lesson plan and rationale as one deliverable.

While APA style format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

 

ECS 590 Topic 5 Clinical Field Experience D: Design and Deliver a Lesson

The clinical field experience in this course must take place in a K-3 setting.

Allocate at least 5 hours in the field to support this clinical field experience.

Use this field experience to inform Part 2 of the benchmark assignment.

In this field experience, continue to observe the class, in particular the small group you identified in the previous topic. Using the “COE Lesson Plan Template” and the information you gained from your pre-assessment from Part 1 of your benchmark, create and deliver a lesson for the group that will support the students’ growth in the selected developmental or academic areas. After you have facilitated the lesson, use the same technology-based assessment you used to pre-assess as a post-assessment to evaluate the small group’s progress.

Write a 250-500 word reflection on your experience that includes modifications you would make to your lesson, assessment, and/or assessment procedures in the future. Be sure to explain how you will use your findings in your future professional practice.

Submit your small group lesson and reflection as one deliverable.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

Document the hours and locations that you spend in the field on your Clinical Field Experience Verification Form.

Submit the Clinical Field Experience Verification Form to LoudCloud in the last topic. Directions for submitting can be found on the College of Education site in the Student Success Center.

ECS 590 Topic 5 Benchmark – Small Group Assessment Plan

Part 1: Pre-Assessment Using Non-Standardized Assessments

Begin this assignment by pre-assessing a small group of students as a continuation of your clinical field experience in Topic 4. In this field experience, you were asked to select a developmentally appropriate and engaging technology-based assessment that was implemented with your identified small group. After assessing the children, write a 250-500 word summary of the experience. Describe the academic area you assessed, the
assessment tool used, the results of the pre-assessment, and your considerations regarding differentiation (why you did or did not differentiate the assessment.) When recording the assessment results, keep the information confidential and use pseudonyms for the students.

Part 2: Design and Deliver a Lesson

In your Topic 5 field experience you were asked to design and deliver a lesson. Reflecting on your experience, you identified differentiations you would make to your lesson, assessment, and/or assessment procedures in the future. Revise and complete your lesson plan to reflect these differentiations.

Part 3 : Analyze Post-Assessment Data and Communicate the Assessment Results

After delivering the lesson and post-assessment, begin analyzing the pre- and post-assessment data. Select one student with exceptionalities to provide additional assistance at home. Write a 250-500-word letter to send home to the family of this student that provides feedback regarding his or her performance. This letter should include information regarding the assessment data and suggest a research-based at-home activity that the parents can facilitate to support their child’s development in the domain area. In addition provide the family a rationale as to why that specific activity is appropriate for meeting their child’s needs, including how the activity supports the child’s transition for the next grade level.

Submit the pre-assessment summary, the revised lesson plan, the post-assessment data, the family letter, and the rationale as one deliverable.

While APA style format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

Program competencies and national standards assessed in the benchmark assignment:

COE 3.9      

Use data to develop and implement a variety of education and transition plans for individuals with exceptionalities across a wide range of settings and different learning experiences in collaboration with individuals, families, and teams. [CEC 5.5; NAEYC 2c, 6b, InTASC 7(b), 7(e), 10(d), 10(m); ISTE 5c; MC 1]

COE 4.1      

Examine assessments and other performance data to develop appropriate goals, curriculum, and teaching strategies for young children. [CEC 4.2; NAEYC 3a; InTASC 6(c), 6(g); ISTE 2d; MC 1]

COE 4.2     

Use technology and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches to observe, document, and collect data to inform practice and decision-making. [CEC 5.2; NAEYC 3b; InTASC 6(i)]

COE 4.3     

Practice responsible assessment to promote positive outcomes for each child, providing students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments and using assistive technology for children with exceptionalities when appropriate. [CEC 4.1; NAEYC 3c; InTASC 6(a), 6(b), 6(e), 6(h); ISTE 2d]

COE 4.4

Develop partnerships with families and professional colleagues to support assessment practices, engage learners, and build effective learning environments. [CEC 4.3; NAEYC 3d; InTASC 6(i); MC 4]

COE 4.5

Engage individuals with exceptionalities to work toward quality learning and performance and provide data-based feedback to guide them. [CEC 4.4; InTASC 6(d), 6(f)]

 

ECS 590 Topic 6 Statement of Present Level of Performance and Goal

According to IDEA, the Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP) statement within an IEP must be specific to the individual being described, and must be based on objective, measurable data. For this assignment, you will write a PLAAFP based on student observations from your previous field experiences. Keep in mind observations from a variety of activities and citing observational data on all developmental and academic area(s) where possible.

In 500-750 words, use the assessment information in conjunction with your observational data to complete the following:

  • Create a statement of present levels of performance that includes information from assessments and observations as well as how the student is functioning in the classroom. Be sure to include information for each developmental domain and the data source you used to provide the information.
  • Create one goal for the student in any domain you would like.
  • Identify at least two activities you would do to support this student’s development related to the goal you chose.

Prepare the reflection according to the APA guidelines found in the Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

 

ECS 590 Topic 6 Clinical Field Experience Verification Form

Candidates must complete all programmatic requirements, including practicum/field experiences hours defined in their coursework. Additional information about practicum/field experiences can be found on the Student Success Center.

To earn credit for this assignment, all required course hours must be completed and submitted by the assignment due date.

  • Access the Clinical Field Experience Verification Form in the My Documents section in the Student Portal.
  • Complete all required fields on the Clinical Field Experience Verification Form.
  • Submit by clicking “click to sign.” An email will be sent to the classroom teacher/mentor to complete and verify the practicum/field experiences.
  • Communicate with the classroom teacher/mentor to request he or she verify the practicum/field experience. Once verified by the classroom teacher/mentor, an email will be sent to the candidate’s primary email address on file with the final completed document.
  • Save a .pdf copy of the completed Clinical Field Experience Verification Form to your computer.
  • Submit the Clinical Field Experience Verification Form to LoudCloud.

*The data entered into this document is subject to a verification audit. Candidates who engage in fabricating, falsifying, forging, altering, or inventing information related to practicum/field experiences, internships, clinical practice, and/or any associated documentation may be subject to sanctions for violating GCU academic integrity policies, which may include expulsion from GCU.

 

 

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