Take a moment to review the details of this assignment below and gather any necessary files. Once you’re ready to submit your assignment, move on to Step 2.Assessment Description
As a school principal, a foundational understanding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is essential. The special education director, school psychologist, or special education teacher can share information about their roles and responsibilities that will be valuable to your future professional practice. The insights of your principal mentor regarding his or her involvement with special education programs and students, and efforts to collaborate with IEP teams, families, and students, is equally important.
Allocate at least 2 hours in the field to support this field experience.
Review the requirements for the current IDEA and meet with a special education director, school psychologist, or special education teacher at your field experience site. In the meeting, discuss their responsibilities as well as the responsibilities of principals in meeting the IDEA guidelines and the needs of these students. Conduct a second interview with your principal mentor about their involvement with special education students, including how they work collaboratively with the IEP teams, families/guardians, and students.
After the interviews, compile a list of 5-10 functions required of the principal to meet IDEA guidelines and to best serve and support special education faculty, staff, students, and families. Include 2-3 community resources that can be used by special education teams to access additional information on specific student needs.
Use any remaining field experience hours to observe and/or assist the principal mentor in tasks not related to working with students.
Write a 250-500 word reflection on your experiences, incorporating PSEL Standards 5, 7, and/or 8 and describing how you might apply what you have learned to your future professional practice .
While APA style format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and PSEL standards should be referenced using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. A link to the LopesWrite technical support articles is located in Class Resources if you need assistance.
Document the locations and hours you spend in the field on your Clinical Field Experience Verification Form.
Submit the Clinical Field Experience Verification Form in the last topic. Directions for submitting can be found on the College of Education site in the Student Success Center.