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For this benchmark, you will create a research-based presentation ( e.g, PowerPoint or prezi) on advocating for the needs of early childhood students with and without exceptionalities. You will also write a reflection on how advocacy promotes the common good for students, families, and colleagues.
Part 1: Advocacy presentation
Create a research-based digital presentation( e.g PowerPoint or Prezi) to give to colleagues, paraeducators, and volunteers that describe the importance of advocating for children both with and without exceptionalities in order to meet their needs and maximize their learning outcomes.
Your presentation should be 15-20 slides and include a title slide, a reference slide, and speakers notes
Incorporate the following into your presentation:
1: The purpose and importance of detecting preschool children with exceptionalities ( disability and gifted) in order to meet their needs and maximize their learning outcome.
2: Major national law/ policies and their
requirements related to special needs identification.
3: The expectations outline by professional standards for practicing teachers.
4: Complications that may lead to misdiagnosis (e.g., cultural bias, English language learners. Socioeconomic factors).
5: The teacher’s roles and responsibilities as an advocate for students and families related to early detection in order to optimize the learning opportunities for young children, strengthen the learning environment, and advance the early childhood profession.
6: The teacher’s role related to accessing and managing information as well as how to evaluate issues of ethics and quality related to information and it’s use.
Cite 3-5 research-based articles that support your content.
Part 2: Reflection
Write a 2500-500 word reflection on how advocacy promotes the common good for students, families, and colleagues. In addition, consider whether such advocacy is consistent with the Christian worldview as described in the following excerpt from GCU’s statement on the integration of Faith, Learning, and Work and with the college of education’s Professional Disposition of Advocacy. Explain your answer.
GCU Statement on the integration of Faith, Learning , and work
“ we believe that Jesus Christ is both savior and lord and that all who follow Jesus should seek his kingdom and his righteousness in relation to all aspects of human experience. Including culture and society. Therefore, we have resolved to carry out work within the public arena with compassion, justice and concern for common good”
Advocacy, Community, and Online Resources for Early Childhood students with and without Exceptionalities
Educators should promote positive change in schools and communities that benefit the welfare of others.
1: Activity building positive relationships with the students
2: Engaging students in conversation beyond the scope of the classroom.
3: Taking time to understand student issues and concerns.
4: Assisting students in finding resolution to their problems.
5: Guiding students through the problem-solving process.
6: Seeking to understand the issues and challenges facing students.
7: Sincerely getting to know the students’ interests and needs in their context.
This benchmark assignment assesses the following programmatic competencies:
Bachelor’s of Education in Early Childhood and special education.
5.1: Engaged in ongoing, collaborative professional development from the early childhood education/special education field to inform practice in order to maximize learning outcomes for all students.
5.2: Model the expectation of the professional by upholding ethical standards, professional standards of practice, and relevant laws and policies.
5.3: Analyze ethical decisions that promote the common good for students, families, and colleagues that are consistent with Christian worldview.
5.5: Integrante relevant, research-based perspective on early childhood education/ special education to promote professional practice.
5.6: Engaging in informed advocacy to optimize the learning opportunities for young children, strength the learning environment, and advance the early childhood profession.
5.7: Provide guidance and direction to paraeducators,tutors, and volunteers.