Global Educators Cohort Program - Teacher Education

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Final Paper Course Project

Topical Team Pages:
(*) = Team complete + team members student pages complete + "Bright Spot" assigned


Topical Questions

  • (*) Team 1: What is reported to be the most helpful recovery process for survivors and their families?
  • (*) Team 2: How much money is put into the areas of: prevention, prosecution (legal battles, settlements, jail time), and therapeutic recovery? Is this formula working? If not, what is a better way of using the funds? What is your formula and why?
  • (*) Team 3:In relation to the “Future Child Advocates of America” student organizations effort, would like to know if university student service obligation experiences has an impact upon subsequent career choices.
  • (*) Team 4: Stories where individuals, particularly those with disabilities, have protected themselves from maltreatment by using the knowledge and skills that are taught in KidPower or similar programs.
  • (*) Team 5: Information and resources for families that learn that their child may/was a victim of abuse, i.e., emotional impact upon family members, info to help them understand perpetrators “groom” children for abuse, the emotional roller coaster that many parents experience, the probable pattern of legal response to a report of abuse (investigation, trial & punishment), counseling support for the abuse victim and family.
  • (*) Team 6: Information and stories concerning the use and impact of of IFSPs, IEPs and “504 Plans” to prevent and/or respond to instances of maltreatment (abuse & bullying).
  • (*) Team 7: Information concerning the occurrence, description, impact and prevention of cyber bullying as experienced by children with disabilities.
  • (*) Team 8: Capture share the stories and work that she and her colleagues are doing within the NSO Life Choices Programs with individuals who are developmentally delayed.
  • (*) Team 9: Research the use of Kidpower/Teenpower curricular resources with her high school and young adult clients who are developmentally delayed to keep them both safe and effective self advocates.
  • (*) Team 10: Role of school personnel in the prevention and treatment of teen suicide, and practice considerations for students with disabilities, with a focus on the school-family.
  • (*) Team 11: Description, use and impact of equine assisted therapy for children who have exposed to trauma partnership relationship.


Students will help address a specific challenge faced by a Bright Spot--a colleague or professional and his/her agency as they deal with issues of child maltreatment. They are listed above. Click on a name to learn more about each Bright Spot. Students will form teams of 3 who will interact with the professional to understand and investigate the dilemma. Then, the team of students researches the problem and writes a paper outlining possible, existing strategies, additional informational resources and possible solutions based on the research conducted. Finally, the team presents its document to the professional and course instructors for their use and feedback. Note: Instructors will identify the Bright Spot; student contact with the Bright Spot can occur via telephone, email, or Skype/ooVoo-type interface. You do not need to be in geographical proximity to the professional.
Format for Final Paper:

A. Name of Organization and Bright Spot.
B. Description of Mission and Purpose of Organization and Role/Responsibility of the Bright Spot
C. Statement of Challenge and Requested Information as Identified by Bright Spot
D. Summary of Scientific Research Related to Challenge (# C)—a literature review
E. Possible Solutions for Organization’s Challenge (# C) Based on Scientific Research Findings
F. Revision of Solutions Based on Feedback from Professional
G. References used in Paper (use American Psychological Association format). Must include at least 10 scientific references

+ Log: The Team "Communicator/Organizer" is to attach to the report their "log," i.e., date and summarized content, of all communications with the Team's assigned "Bright Spot" and Dr. Johnson.

The final paper will be completed via a collaborative group/team process. Each team will be composed of three students.

The roles and responsibilities of those individuals are as follows:
  1. Communicator/Organizer:
    1. The only team member who communicates with assigned Bright Spot and Dr. Johnson
    2. To accomplish “A”, the person will either use skype/ooVoo, phone calls, or emails to communicate.
    3. Creates log, i.e., date and summarized content of all communications with the Team's assigned "Bright Spot" and Dr. Johnson. This log must also include feedback from the assigned "Bright Spot" as to the usefulness of the "Final" Team report. The log is submitted with each version of the team’s project report.
    4. Monitors and encourages Team members as they carry out their work
    5. Assists Team “Researcher” and “Writer”
    6. Posts all Team project updates and documents to course WIKI via the team’s page + post team's "Log"

  1. Researcher:
    1. Identifies scientific sources for requested information
    2. Evaluates the quality of the scientific information
    3. Gathers and shares information with the Team “Communicators/Organizer” and “Writer”

  1. Writer:
    1. Synthesizes information provided by the Team “Researcher”
    2. Writes the initial and final drafts of the Team’s paper
    3. Assists the Team “Researcher”

RESPONSIBILITIES OF ALL TEAM MEMBERS.

1. All members “talk” (via email, skype/ooVoo, telephone, etc.) with the Communicator/Organizer about the Bright Spot’s requested information and help define it so that the Researcher can conduct an adequate literature review. This should be done within the first few weeks of the semester.
2. All members are to read and discuss the scientific sources generated by the Researcher Team Member. All members must accept each article for use within the team’s project report.
3. All members help edit the initial and final drafts of the paper generated by the Writer Team Member.

WHAT MUST BE INCLUDED IN 2 PRELIMINARY DRAFTS (Reports #1 and #2) OF PROJECT PAPER AND FINAL PAPER?

Team report #1 due by 8:00 a.m. (EST) on 7/18. Must include:
Communicator/Organizer -

A. Name of Organization and Bright Spot.
B. Description of Mission and Purpose of Organization and Role/Responsibility of the Bright Spot within that Organization
C. Statement of Challenge and Requested Information as Identified by Bright Spot

+ Log: The Team "Communicator/Organizer" is to attach to the report their "log," i.e., date and summarized content, of all communications with the Team's assigned "Bright Spot" and Dr. Johnson.

Team report #2 due by 8:00 a.m. (EST) on 8/1. Must include:

Refinement of:
A. Name of Organization and Bright Spot.
B. Description of Mission and Purpose of Organization and Role/Responsibility of the Bright Spot
C. Statement of Challenge and Requested Information as Identified by Bright Spot
Initial Draft of:
D. Summary of Scientific Research Related to Challenge (# C)—a literature review
E. Possible Solutions for Organization’s Challenge (# C) Based on Scientific Research Findings
F. Revision of Solutions Based on Feedback from Professional
G. References used in Paper (use American Psychological Association format). Must include at least 10 scientific references.

+ Log: The Team "Communicator/Organizer" is to attach to the report their "log," i.e., date and summarized content, of all communications with the Team's assigned "Bright Spot" and Dr. Johnson.

Final Project report due by 8:00 a.m. (EST) on 8/15. Must include:

Final of sections A-H above from Team Report #2 as well as
The Team "Communicator/Organizer’s" log must also include feedback from the assigned "Bright Spot" as to the usefulness of the "Final" Team report

+ Log: The Team "Communicator/Organizer" is to attach to the report their "log," i.e., date and summarized content, of all communications with the Team's assigned "Bright Spot" and Dr. Johnson.

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Evaluation Rubric:
Element
Weight
Evaluation
Score
Comments
Writing
20%



Accuracy
30%


Depth
50%






*Bonus



Grade




*Bonus reports will be awarded based on feedback from the Team’s assigned Bright Spot in relation to the timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, and impact of the Team’s work

Note: Late report submissions will result in a loss of one grade level for each day past the due date.