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Multisystemic Therapy

Describe the principles of MST-CAN and provide an example of how they are implemented in treatment. How is success determined? What are the drawbacks to the approach? What do you think the greatest impediment to success would be? How comfortable would you be using MST-CAN?

Strength-Oriented Action and Strength Message

What do the terms 'strength message' and 'strength-oriented action' mean? What evidence do you see of this concept played out in your local school or organizational setting? What about in your community? What do you see as the predominant role of adults in your community? Are they more focused on strength or risk and de

Instructional and Curriculum Objectives

Discuss at least three differences between instructional and curriculum objectives, also include two institutions governed by differing philosophies. Give examples of five types of performance standards that may be included while formulating instructional objectives.

Example of a Well Known Curriculum Leader

Please provide an example of a well known curriculum leader who brought about a significant change in curriculum, the common barriers to curriculum change, and ways that the leader worked to eliminate them.

Educational Taxonomies

Discuss the scope of educational taxonomies developed by Bloom, Krathwohl, and evaluate their relevance to contemporary curriculum design. Do you think it is significant to curriculum planning and design?

Curriculum, Intruction and Assessment

What is your vision of the way schools should be structured regarding curriculum? Instruction? Assessment? Discuss how you will evaluate your learners and how you will know when your students have learned. How will these philosophical beliefs influence your work as an educator?

Education: Value and Purpose

What do you believe is the overall purpose of education? Why do schools exist? Which of the classic educational philosophies and philosophers are the closest match for you and why? Be specific. What is the role of education in society? What is your role as the teacher? Discuss the most important responsibilities of a

Teacher Leadership

Read the required article Asking the Right Questions (Reason, C. & Reason, L, 2007). Reflect on what you have learned about teacher leadership. How can you implement change within an organization? How do you manage this change outside of a designated leadership position?

Implementing Change

Describe a situation in your past experience where you implemented change or could have implemented change. How could you use this chart to increase the effects of this change? Was this change process a success? Based on your readings, how could you have increased the likelihood of success in this situation? Describe a situation

Service Learning

Research indicates that high quality academic, civic and social outcomes occur when service learning is incorporated into a school's curricula. Why do you think this occurs? Have you ever been involved in service learning at your school? Relate what kind of service learning projects you think would build a bridge to the communit

Differentiating Mathematics Instruction

Read "Differentiating Mathematics Instruction" (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/inspire/research/different_math.pdf). 1. What is differentiation according to this author? 2. Why is this important in math instruction? 3. How does a teacher create and utilize a curriculum which allows for differentiated student

Developing Relationships

Reflect on the following ways you would like to encourage parent involvement: Positive news phone calls, post cards, emails, daily student notes, and parent-teacher conferences.

Parent Support

Some parents may not know how to support their children in school. These parents as children may have had an unsuccessful school experience where they felt frustrated and even ashamed of their personal educational outcomes. Understanding that these parents may not have the knowledge on how to navigate the educational system to t

Students of Diverse Backgrounds

The Moore-Thomas, Day-Vines article explores cultural competence as it relates to effective collaboration and interactions as well as an understanding of the political structures and socio-cultural realities of African American students, families, and their communities. Describe the specific models, strategies, and recommendatio

Personal Reflection

Critically reflect on your work thus far. What have you learned about the uses of differentiated instruction in both the classroom and in professional development? How will you use what you have learned to benefit your organization or an organization that you will work for in the future?

Graphic Organizers

Chapter II-6 of your text discussed several graphic organizers for student success. Which of these have you used with students? Which of those that you have not used would you try in a classroom? How can you differentiate instruction with graphic organizers? Discuss a concept that is important to you. Which graphic organizer wou

Effective Communication: Online Classroom Format

Part of effective communication involves knowing how to respond rather than react to something someone has said or written. In the online classroom format, why is it important to read a classmate's post and assess that person's intended message before you offer a response? How can this skill of responding help you in your career

How Cultural Values Impact Student Achievement

Discuss several examples of how differing cultural values impact student achievement and educational attainment. What is the impact of social media, including the Internet, on learning? How could you, as a teacher, mitigate any influences which might be perceived as negative? Explain suggestions you could make to parents and stu

Leadership Roles

Who should take the leadership role in organizing outreach programs to the parents, the family, and the community? What specific strategies would you employ?

Partnerships

Discern what Hjalmarson (2011) means when she states, "Rather than expecting parents to adapt to us, we need to create a parent involvement system that meets parents' diverse needs" (p. 45). Do you recall, as a K-12 student, certain educators who provided leadership in partnership activities? Please give specific examples abo

Differentiated Instruction - Assessment Strategies

Analyze the assessment strategies presented in your reading as well as within your research on differentiated instruction. Identify two assessment strategies that may be used to differentiate instruction in a low-performing school. How do these assessment strategies benefit a high-performing student in a low-performing class? Wo

Media Influences on Adolescent Development: Health and Fitness.

What influences do you think? There are two sides of this question : the negative influences and the positives. Some negative influences include the media portraying a certain body type that is unrealistic for most people to achieve. This could lead to serious consequences such as dangerous dieting, eating disorders, or the

graduate educational experience

How is a graduate educational experience different from an undergraduate experience? How would you define a graduate culture? What are key components of a graduate culture and why? what might you exclude or include and why?

Encouraging Team Building Throughout the Year

Identify three ways that you feel that you can encourage team building throughout the year. Assume that you are an administrator or a teacher leader at a school. What additional managerial tasks could you use in order to maintain the effectiveness of this team building? How would these tasks encourage growth and collaboration

Four Corners

What is the purpose of the Four Corners strategy? How could it be used in a classroom? How could it be used in a professional development setting? Conceptualize and summarize how the Four Corners strategy may be used to develop a concept of interest to you, keeping in mind an intended audience (i.e. students or colleagues). In

Job-Embedded Learning Strategies

How does your school or workplace use job-embedded learning? Discuss two strategies that you would offer to your administrator or supervisor to increase engagement in job-embedded learning. How will these strategies increase the effectiveness of job-embedded learning at your school or workplace? Discuss your rationale for cho