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Survey Of Special Populations
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Legal Structures and Public Policy
- Discuss major laws and principles that address student and parent rights pertaining to student placements.
- Analyze the federal, state, and local legal structures governing programs for students with special needs.
- Examine public policy and its impact on educational issues regarding students with special needs.
- Evaluate the impact of public policy on classroom practices.
Categories of Special Needs
- Identify the characteristics, prevalence, causes, and identification processes associated with various special needs.
Assessment and Placement
- Examine tests used to determine students' abilities and functioning levels.
- Examine assessment practices and related issues in administering, scoring, and interpreting test results.
- Describe the referral, evaluation, and staffing processes.
- Identify support services, personnel, community resources, and agencies available to provide educational resources.
- Evaluate the types of tests that can be administered by school personnel.
Accommodation of Instruction and Classroom Management
- Analyze instructional strategies used in adapting learning activities to individual students' needs.
- Analyze strategies for adapting classroom management to individual students' needs.
Terms and Definitions
- Examine terminology, acronyms, and language used in the field of diverse learning.
- Analyze definitions of diverse learners.
Issues and Trends
- Analyze current trends and issues in education and their implications for diverse learners and for classroom teachers.
Philosophy and Purpose – The Diverse Classroom
- Define educational equity.
- Assess inequities in classrooms and schools.
- Compare and contrast personal and societal attitudes toward diversity.
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