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Special Education: BEST/MTSS Summer Institute 17

EDSP 295 Z2 (CRN: 61623)

3 Credit Hours

About EDSP 295 Z2

Everyone taking this course needs to register for the 2017 BEST/MTSS Summer Institute and attend as part of a school team. The BEST/MTSS Summer Institute will have teams of educators sharing and learning strategies for improving positive strategies and supports for students in their classrooms, schools, and communities. In particular, this course will expose students to the components necessary to implement a successful multi-tiered system of supports framework within their selected academic or social context area. Students will focus on developing and understanding the data, systems, and practices needed to maintain and sustain their research projects and action plans. Coursework and assignments start at the Summer Institute and continue through the summer of 2017.

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Dates: May 22 - August 11, 2017; Off-site Training Dates; June 26 - 29, 2017; Online Dates: June 26 - August 11, 2017

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Section Description

Everyone taking this course needs to register for the 2017 BEST/MTSS Summer Institute and attend as part of a school team. The BEST/MTSS Summer Institute will have teams of educators sharing and learning strategies for improving positive strategies and supports for students in their classrooms, schools, and communities. In particular, this course will expose students to the components necessary to implement a successful multi-tiered system of supports framework within their selected academic or social context area. Students will focus on developing and understanding the data, systems, and practices needed to maintain and sustain their research projects and action plans. Coursework and assignments start at the Summer Institute and continue through the summer of 2017.

Section Expectation

Students will: 1. Register and attend the BEST/MTSS Summer Institute in June as part of a school team. 2. Meet with your school team each day to develop school action plan. 3. Attend all related Institute activities. 4. Write a personal reflection on the Strand you attended. 5. Choose a topic for research and action planning. 6. Read and review a book(s) of your choice related to your Research Topic and/or Institute Strand. 7. Conduct research that will inform an action plan. 8. Share research findings with peers using Blackboard. 9. Present final research findings via webinar and write Action Plan for implementation back at your school.

Evaluation

There are six assignments for this course. (1) Attend the following Training: The BEST/MTSS Summer Institute in June: Attend the morning keynotes, one 4-day strand, one Wed. workshop, and team time each day. Complete the Attendance Sheet and turn in to the registration desk on Thursday, June 29th by 1:15pm. (2) Personal Reflection/Proposed Research Topic (due July 7) Write a brief personal reflection (1-2 double spaced pages) on the Strand/Training you attended. Please include the following: (a) Identify 2-3 major “takeaways” from the Strand/Training, (b) Give the name and rationale for the book you plan to read and how it will build upon the learning in your Strand/Training, and (c) Identify the topic you plan to conduct research on for this course. You will also need to report in your Research Project (see below) how you used your book to inform your Action Plan. (3) Critical Book Review (due July 14) Select one book related to the Strand/Training you attended to read for your critical book review. Write a brief review (1-2 double spaced pages) focusing on (a) why you chose the book based on your professional development goals, (b) strengths and limitations of the book, (c) how specifically the book applies to your research topic and your Action Plan, and (d) whether or not you would recommend this book. You will also need to report in your literature review (see below) how you used your book to inform your Action Plan. Please note: You will be uploading your book reviews to your blog on Blackboard so others in the course may read and respond to your review (see below). (4) Peer Response to Book Review (due July 15-23) Following the submission of your critical book review, you will be asked to read another colleague’s book review and write a brief response according to the guidelines distributed to the class via Blackboard. This is a great opportunity to share your book reviews and learn from others. The list of books reviewed will be compiled and will serve as a class resource. (5) Research Project and Action Plan (due August 4) • Literature Review Upon completion of the Strand/Training that you attended and once you’ve identified your research topic, you will complete an independent literature review that will inform your Action Plan. You will conduct a literature review (3-4 double spaced pages and cite at least 4 resources) on your topic that includes the following: (a) What is your topic and rationale for choosing it, (b) Identify common themes, trends, and gaps in research, (c) Evaluate your current thinking on the topic, and (d) Provide insight into the relationship between your research topic and your Action Plan. • Action Plan Following your literature review, you will complete an Action Plan to be implemented in your school during the 2017-18 school year. Using the template provided, entitled Action Plan (last 2 pages of syllabus), you will address all components of the Action Plan: (a) Description and rationale, (b) Goals and objectives, (c) Procedure and resources, (d) Timeline and sustainability, (e) Evaluation, and (f) Reflections about what you learned and obstacles addressed. This Action Plan can be connected to your school team’s action plan, but your project must reflect your independent work. (6) Final Presentation Webinar (August 10 or 11) Following the submission of your Research Project and Action Plan, you will prepare a 5-minute verbal presentation sharing the following: (a) Research topic and significant findings and (b) a quick synopsis of your Action Plan. This webinar is an opportunity for you to share your research with your colleagues. Links to register for the webinars will be provided at a later date.

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