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ASH EDU 644 Week 4 DQ 2 School District and
School Building Supports
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EDU 644 Week 4 DQ 2 School District and School Building Supports
There are many risk indicators impacting not only a student’s ability to succeed in a
school environment, but also the ability for a school and/or district to make progress
and meet the achievement expectations at state or federal levels. To prepare for this
discussion, beyond reviewing the Week Four Instructor Guidance, you will
investigate general at-risk groups and behaviors, as well as information pertaining
to students with disabilities.
Begin by investigating the National Center for School Engagement website to gain
insight as to various risk indicators commonly observed in at-risk youth in school
environments. This resource also provides strategies for re-engagement that
support the building of student resilience including parental involvement, truancy,
youth development philosophies & approaches, and reengagement supports or
strategies. Next, access your state’s Department of Education website, specifically for
their special education link (which may also be titled something similar to
Exceptional Student Services). Read the mission statements; notice that your state’s
website may have a far-reaching statement as well as specific missions for funding,
programming, and resources. Investigate some of the programs and resources
available from your state and review the methods the state uses to provide
assistance to schools.
Now, investigate a school district website in your local community or state. Look for
information similar to what you observed in the National Center for School
Engagement that describes supports for a variety of at-risk groups. In most cases,
district-based websites include direct links to the individual schools located in the
district. Therefore, you may find a special program or intervention model offered at
a specific school that would help inform your response to this discussion.
Additionally, look for information pertaining to special education. You may find this
information under a link titled “Departments” or something similar. Read the
mission of the school district. Look specifically for programs and approaches offered
for students with disabilities.
Initial Post: Create an initial post that addresses the following:
a. Cite the website for the school district you evaluated.
b. Describe at least one school- or district-level program, model, or approach
showcased regarding parental involvement, truancy, reengagement supports or
strategies, or youth development.
c. Discuss how the school district’s special education mission statement either
supports or differs from what was observed from the state’s special education
d. Share an example of a program or policy from the district or a particular school
that supports what was stated in the state’s website and explain how the program or
policy aligns with that of the state’s positions or policies.
e. Describe your impressions of the types and levels of supports offered in the
school district, sharing something that impressed or surprised you as well as
anything you found to be lacking from the supports offered.
Guided Response: Respond to a minimum of two peers. In replies, consider the
differences and similarities between your observations and impressions and that of
your peers. As mentioned in prior discussions, though two replies is the basic
expectation, for deeper engagement and learning you are encouraged to provide
responses to any comments or questions others have given to you to further the
conversation. This continued interaction gives you more opportunities to
demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real-world experiences
with this topic.