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POS 500 US and Arizona Constitutions for Teachers Candidates GCU

POS 500 Full Course Discussions GCU

POS 500 Topic 1 DQ 1

The executive branch of the government is responsible for the U.S. Department of Education. What purpose does the U.S. Department of Education serve? How does this department work with States’ Departments of Education and local school districts? In your opinion, does having a U.S. Department of Education benefit K-12 education in the United States? Why or why not?

POS 500 Topic 1 DQ 2

In 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law. The law was marked for decreasing federal authority over states and school districts in providing education, but it still assigns key responsibilities to these entities. Do you think these responsibilities help, “promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access,” which is the official mission of the U.S. Department of Education? Why or why not? What aspects of the constitution do you see that apply to ESSA of 2015? Cite specific examples in your response.

POS 500 Topic 2 DQ 1

Is due process required prior to an afterschool detention?  Why or why not?  You must support your position with examples from case law, the U.S. Constitution, or other readings.

POS 500 Topic 2 DQ 2

Describe three aspects of due process for a school seeking to suspend a student with disabilities.

POS 500 Topic 3 DQ 1

Describe three aspects of due process for a school seeking to suspend a student with disabilities.

POS 500 Topic 3 DQ 2

In the assigned readings and videos, the Heritage Foundation and Peter Sagal seem at odds in their respective positions toward the 14th Amendment and the evolution of equal protection. How do you reconcile equality versus equity in public education today?  You must support your position with examples from case law, the U.S. Constitution, or other readings.

POS 500 Topic 4 DQ 1

May students express religious beliefs in class discussion or assignments or engage in prayer in the classroom?  What are some limitations? Support your position with examples from case law, the U.S. Constitution, or other readings.

POS 500 Topic 4 DQ 2

Do all student-led religious groups have an absolute right to meet at K-12 schools? If not, discuss one limitation under the Equal Access Act. May a teacher be a sponsor of the club? Can the teacher participate in its activities? Why or why not? Support your position with examples from case law, the U.S. Constitution, or other readings.

POS 500 Topic 5 DQ 1

Following current events related to immigration reform, a group of students came to school wearing t-shirts representing national flags from a variety of countries and were bullied by fellow students with a variety of racial and ethnic slurs.  How would you respond to both groups?  Be sure to cite any applicable case law, school board policies, and state laws to support your answer.

POS 500 Topic 5 DQ 2

Imagine that the cell phone you have confiscated has readily visible sexually inappropriate messages on it. How would you handle the situation?  Be sure to cite any applicable case law, school board policies, and state laws to support your answer.

POS 500 Topic 6 DQ 1

Discuss the impact of the Progressive movement on the creation of the Arizona Constitution, including the declaration of rights, ballot initiatives, and recall of judges. Defend your position with examples from this week’s resources or other readings.

POS 500 Topic 6 DQ 2

Compare and contrast the U.S. Constitution and the Arizona Constitution. Discuss three findings that account for the significant differences in length. Include at least one source to support your answer.

POS 500 Full Course Assignments GCU

POS 500 Topic 1 Constitution Day Presentation

The following principles have been recognized as core tenets of the U.S. Constitution:

  • Checks and balances
  • Federalism
  • Judicial review
  • Limited government
  • Popular sovereignty
  • Separation of powers

Create a 12-15-slide PowerPoint presentation to educate a group of students or adults about the core tenets listed above for an upcoming Constitution Day celebration in a school setting. You may select a grade level 1-12, teachers, or parents as your audience. Please specify your intended audience and include other pertinent information within the speaker notes. Your presentation should be engaging and appropriate for your chosen audience. Include speaker notes below each content-related slide that represent what would be said if giving the presentation in person. Expand upon the information included in the slide and do not simply restate it. Please ensure the speaker notes include a minimum of 50-100 words in your speaker notes per slide.

In addition to your PowerPoint, include a 250-500-word essay describing two interactive learning activities for your intended audience to coincide with 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. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are not required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite.

 

POS 500 Topic 2 Student Discipline and Due Process

Review the school board policy and student handbook of your local public school site or district for information regarding their policies on short- and long-term suspensions of students. You may also obtain this information by interviewing an administrator at your chosen site.

Based on the information that you gather, write a 500-750-word essay summarizing:

  • The due process requirements prior to a short-term and a long-term suspension of a student at your local site or district.
  • Are the due process procedures for a short-term and a long-term suspension of a student the same or different?
  • Are these requirements consistent with Goss v. Lopez? Support your position with examples from case law, the U.S. Constitution, or other readings.

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. Please 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.

 

POS 500 Topic 3 Equal Protection and Public Education Essay

Research the implications of equal protection for K-12 students within one of the following groups:

  1. Classifications based on English language learners;
  2. Classifications through ability grouping/tracking;
  3. Classifications in academic programs based on gender;
  4. Classifications in sports programs based on gender; and
  5. Classifications to assign students to specific schools for racial balance.

In a 500-750-word essay, address the following for the group that you have chosen:

  1. Summarize the factual background on how the students are classified;
  2. Identify the legal issues presented by these classifications; and
  3. Describe what equal protection requires.

Include at least five references in your essay. At least three of the five references should cite U.S. Supreme Court cases.

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. Please 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.

 

POS 500 Topic 4 First Amendment: Religion and Education

You have a standard practice of displaying all student work in your classroom. Recently, you assigned students to write any essay and submit a pictorial depiction on the person they considered to be their hero. One of your students submitted an essay on Jesus and a drawing of the Last Supper.

In a 500-750-essay, discuss any legal issues regarding the grading of your student’s essay and whether you could display the student’s work. How does the First Amendment apply to this situation?

Include at least five references in your essay. At least three of the five references should cite U.S. Supreme Court cases.

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. Please 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.

 

POS 500 Topic 5 Cyberbullying and the First Amendment

A student notifies you that she has been subjected to bullying through a classmate’s Facebook page. In 500-750-words, address the following:

  1. Steps you are required to take that are consistent with state statutes, your district’s school board policies, faculty handbook, and the student handbook;
  2. Any First Amendment arguments you think the student with the Facebook page may raise; and
  3. Responses you could make to the First Amendment arguments that are consistent with the cases in the assigned readings.

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. Please 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.

 

POS 500 Topic 6 Letter to Editor and Draft Initiative

Arizona offers unique opportunities for direct democracy based on initiative power. In 2012 the Arizona voters, for example, rejected the Proposition 204 initiative that sought to convert a temporary sales tax that funded education into a permanent tax.

In a 500-750-word “Letter to the Editor,” propose an initiative for an educational issue that you feel needs to be addressed. Include a plan about how this issue could become an initiative under Arizona law.

Your letter should be written to persuade others to agree with your position. Support your position with examples from case law, the U.S. Constitution, or other readings.

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. Please 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.

 

 

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