The overall goal of this Session Long Project (SLP) is for you to apply your understanding of some law and ethics topics to an organization of your choice.
You will need to use the Internet or get access to an organization’s policy documents to complete this project. You are not required to physically go to an organization to get access to policy information. Use policy information that is available on the Internet to complete the Module 1–4 SLP components.
What you first need to do (in Module 1) is select an organization where education and/or training occurs. Then in each module (Modules 1–4) discuss what types of policies need to be in place (or are currently in place) in the organization of your choice. (In Module 1 you will examine the ethical responsibilities of teachers/instructors or educational leaders in your organization; in Module 2, the rights and interests of students and/or employees with disabilities; in Module 3, policy about sexual harassment; and in Module 4, measures to ensure a safe learning environment.)
You will need to submit four components of the SLP (one for each module) concerning the particular topics in each module (each modular component of the SLP will be reviewed and assigned a letter grade). In all four SLPs, you will prepare PowerPoint presentations as if you were going to use them to make a presentation to the organization of your choice.
Prepare a 12- to 15-slide PowerPoint presentation in which you:
- Describe the organization of your choice (e.g., name, mission, population served, etc.)
- Briefly discuss the historical, social, and political influences that could come into play when you examine various law and ethics issues related to this organization.
- Discuss the ethical responsibilities of teachers/instructors and/or educational leaders in the organization
- Utilize the notes function of PowerPoint in order to provide sufficiently detailed information about your organization.
- Cite a minimum of 3 sources (from background readings and additional sources you find) using correct APA format. You should cite them throughout the presentation and have a references slide.
- You do not need to reveal proprietary information about the organization.
- The organization should preferably be one with which you are familiar.
Your assignment will be graded according to the SLP Grading Rubric.
*The “organization of your choice” could be a specific elementary school or secondary school. If you are not currently teaching in an elementary or secondary school system, you could select any other organization of your choice (where teaching or training takes place).
Examples of organizations of choice:
The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), a military teaching hospital, the Naval Education Training Command (NETC), or a major software company that does training.
Chapter 4: Best Interests of the Student: An Ethical Model
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