Family & Parent Involvement in the Education of ESL Syllabus EDUC 4430 Spring 2009 _____________________________________________ Course Name: Family & Parent Involvement in the Education of ESL Course Number: EDUC 4430.01 Credit Hours: 2 credit hours Class Times: M-F 1:30-3:10 pm (Jan. 5 - Jan. 26) Class Location: EDFAM 124 Course Description For all students accepted into the DSC Elementary Education Program. This course provides teacher candidates with information regarding the role of parents in the public schools and ways to involve parents more fully in their children’s learning. Particular emphasis is placed on the challenges and needs of parents of ESL children. Resources to support all parents are explored. Instructional activities may include such things as lecture, small group work, guest speakers, projects, etc. Fulfills a requirement for the ESL endorsement. 2 lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: Admission to Dixie State College Elementary Education program. Required Text: There is no required text. However, required readings will be assigned in class and you will have the opportunity to explore multiple texts and resources related to parent and family involvement for ALL children. Instructor: Dr. Brenda Sabey Phone: 435-652-7841 office; 801-885-5666 cell Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office: 140 EDFAM Office Hours: Mondays, 3-4 (after 1/26); Wednesdays, 10 -12 Graduates of DSC Education Programs are caring professionals who are competent in subject matter and pedagogical teaching skills, and qualified to teach in the State of Utah. Graduates understand the following D.E.S.E.R.T. principles that embody the Teacher Education Accreditation Council’s (TEAC) Quality Principle I and accompanying cross‐cutting themes (i.e., multiple perspectives, technology, and independent learning), and align with the Utah State Office of Education and the Interstate New Teachers Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) teacher standards. D- Diversity: Teacher candidates understand that diversity differences (i.e., race, gender, ethnicity, culture, individual differences) affect learning and know how to provide educational opportunities that meet the needs of all students (TEAC Q.1, INTASC 2, 3). E- Effective Pedagogy: Teacher candidates can create effective and meaningful lessons for all students based on required subject matter knowledge and curriculum goals (TEAC Q.1, INTASC 4, 6, 7). S-Subject Matter: Teacher candidates have a strong knowledge of the subject matter they will teach and can facilitate the acquisition of that knowledge in their students (TEAC Q.1, INTASC 1). E-Environment: Teacher candidates can create classroom environments that encourage active learning, self-motivation, and social interaction among students (TEAC Q. 1, INTASC 5). R-Reflective: Teacher candidates will be reflective practitioners, and independent and life-long learners (TEAC Q.1, INTASC 9, 10). T- Teaching Skills: Teacher candidates will foster a caring and professional relationship with students that focus on acceptance and their educational needs. (TEAC Q.1, INTASC 2-8). Program Standards: D.E.S.E.R.T. (DM) http://new.dixie.edu/education/program_philosophy.php INTASC Standards: http://www.ccsso.org/intascst.html Teacher Accreditation Education Council (TEAC) http://www.teac.org/accreditation/goals/index.asp Course Goals This course is designed to: • Establish a theoretical and philosophical base for understanding parents and establishing parent-school relationships • Provide a model for education that involves the home, school and community. • Provide skills, increased sensitivity, and a new understanding in working with parents as educational partners. • Develop essential problem-solving skills. Course Learning Objectives At the end of the course, Course Objectives Course Assessments Standards (DESERT Model, INTASC, TEAC, etc.) 1. Students will be familiar with the National Standards for 1. Final Exam; Parent and Family Involvement. Resource File 2. Students will gain insights into the culture of family life 2. Final Exam; including cultural and linguistic variables. Resource File; Guest 3. Students will develop a professional resource file for Panel effectively involving parents and family of learners 3. Resource File (both ESL and native English speaking) in their classrooms. 4. Students will develop problem-solving skills that will aid them in creating a positive, effective learning 4. Resource File, environment for ALL of their students. Principal Survey General Policies Attendance and participation in class is critical to your success in this class. As we meet every day for three weeks, missing class will be a problem. There are very few assignments outside of class, therefore, a large portion of your grade is dependent on your attendance and participation in class. Your grade will be impacted by absences or a pattern of tardiness or early departure. If you are involved in a college-sponsored activity (athletics, student government, performance group, etc.) and are required to miss class, please note the DSC Policy for Students 23.5.3. In summary, if you have to miss class, you are responsible for informing me of schedule of absences, have written notification from the faculty or staff member or coach, and make arrangements with me prior to the absence for the completion of assignments or tests. If this is you, please review the policy carefully. Assignments are due on specific days. All assignments must be submitted in order to pass the class. Assignments submitted after the due dates will be docked 5% for every day they are late. If there are extenuating circumstances, exceptions may be made. HOWEVER, it will be at the discretion of Dr. Sabey. As stated in the DSC Student Handbook; “Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated at Dixie State College (Academic Discipline Policy, 3.34)” including cheating, and plagiarism. These acts of academic dishonesty are strictly prohibited. Any cheating will result in an immediate zero on the assignment or test, and may result in failure of the class, or removal from the education program. Cell phone use is absolutely prohibited during class. Your cell phone must be turned off and no calls should be taken or made during class, and text messaging and games are a no-no. If you have an extenuating circumstance that may require some use of your cell phone, you must come to Dr. Sabey and get approval. Finally, disruptive behavior in class may also lead to an administrative withdrawal. Disruptive behavior is defined as any behavior that interferes with the teacher's ability to teach or the learning of the other students. This could include talking while someone else is (teacher or peer), doing other work in class, passing notes (yes, I still have to mention that one), text messaging, using your cell phone, snoring (yup, it’s happened) and anything else that might distract you, your classmates, or the teacher. You will be notified of your withdrawal in this way: 1. A verbal request to comply with behavioral expectations of the class. 2. One written 'warning' letting you know that you have not made the required behavioral adjustment. 1. Administrative withdrawal. Course Grading The table below shows the correlation between letter grades and point percentages. Remember that college work should reflect the maturity and experience of the student in neatness, organization, accuracy, and relevance. (In other words – I grade on spelling, grammar, etc. as well as content. My philosophy is, if you’re going to go out and teach young children to be literate, you should be able to demonstrate your competence in your written work.) Criteria for grading will be presented and discussed at the beginning of each assignment. If you are having problems, please contact me early so you can get the help you need before things get out of hand. A = 95-100 % B- = 80-82 D+ = 67-69 A- = 90-94 C+ = 77-79 D = 64-66 B+ = 87-89 C = 74-76 D- = 60-63 B = 83-86 C- = 70-73 F = below 59 Tutoring Writing Center Library Computer Center Testing Center Tutoring services are The writing center Online help for the The Smith Computer The hours are provided for all is in the Browning Browning Library Center is available for posted online at registered DSC Learning Center. can be accessed at: students who need http://new.dixie. students and is The online writing http://new.dixie.ed technology services to edu/testing/inde available for all center can be u/library/index.php complete homework x.php subjects. accessed at assignments and Location: http://dsc.dixie.edu/tu http://dsc.dixie.edu/ research for any Browning toring/index.htm owl/ course on campus. Learning Center Check at the facility for time schedule. Location: Avenna Ctr. Proper documentation of a disability is required in order to receive services or accommodations. Any student eligible for and requesting reasonable academic accommodations due to a disability must provide a letter of accommodation to their professor from the Disability Resource Center within the first two weeks of the beginning of classes. Please contact the Center on the main campus to follow through with the documentation process. We are located in the Student Services Center Room #201, or you may call for an appointment and further information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at 652-7516. Assignment Descriptions: 1. Attendance and Participation: You will be able to earn up to 5 points per class period for attendance and participation. If you show up on time and stay through all of class, you will earn 3 points. If you engage in the class and contribute something, you will earn the other 2 points, for a total of 5 points. Of course, this is a subjective grade, determined by none other than me, Dr. Sabey. In all honesty, I expect everyone to earn 5 points each day. But, if you come to class and sit in your chair and barely keep your head propped up, I’ll take away points. (5 points X 15 class periods = 75 points possible) 2. Principal Survey: You will each be required to interview a principal regarding his/her school’s policies and practices related to the involvement of parents. The survey will be created as a class, then each of you will interview a principal and summarize your findings. We will then use those results in class. (25 points possible) 3. Parent Involvement Resource File: As a culminating assignment, you will each be required to create a realistic, research-supported plan/file for developing an educational partnership with parents/family of ALL your students. This will be based on the National Standards for Parent Involvement and your learning about how to help ESL parents be involved in the education of their children. The emphasis is on realistic. You should all determine the best way for you to create this file so it will be something you will actually use. (75 points possible) 4. Final Exam: This will take place on the last day of class (Monday, January 26). (50 points possible) Total Points Possible: 225 Tentative Schedule: DATE TOPICS ASSIGNMENTS Monday, Introduction to Class Jan. 5 Review Syllabus Tuesday, Why involve parents? Readings Jan. 6 Wednesday, National Parent Involvement Readings Jan. 7 Standards Thursday, National Parent Involvement Readings Jan. 8 Standards Friday, Parent Involvement Resource File Bring ideas for inclusion in Parent Jan. 9 Involvement Resource File Monday, Challenges/Barriers for ESL Parents Readings Jan. 12 Prepare principal survey Tuesday, Challenges/Barriers for ESL Parents Readings Jan. 13 Wednesday, Overcoming the Barriers for your Readings Jan. 14 ESL Parents Overcoming the Barriers for your Principal Interview Reports are Thursday, ESL Parents Due Jan. 15 Readings Friday, Parent Involvement Resource File Bring ideas for overcoming Jan. 16 barriers for involving ESL parents Monday, NO CLASS – Human Rights Awareness Day Jan. 19 Tuesday, Guest Panel Jan. 20 Wednesday, Finish Up/Class Activity Readings Jan. 21 Student Teaching Meeting Parent Involvement Resource Files Initial Drafts of Parent Thursday, Involvement Resource Files are Jan. 22 Due Friday, Local/Community Resources for Parent Involvement Resource Jan. 23 Parents Files are Due Monday, LAST DAY OF CLASS FINAL EXAM Jan. 26 Semester Calendar: http://www.dixie.edu/reg/spring2009.html Important Dates to Remember Dates DSC Calendar Dates Jan 5 Class begins Jan 7 Last day to add without instructors permission Jan 27 Pell grant census date Jan 27 Last day for refund of tuition and fees Jan 20 Late registration/payment fee Jan 30 Last day to add classes with instructors permission Feb 23 Midterm Grades Due Feb 27 Last day to drop or audit classes Mar 27 Last day for complete withdrawal from all classes Apr 23 Last day of classes DSC E-MAIL: Important class and college information will be sent to your Dmail account. This information includes your DSC bill, financial aid/scholarship notices, and notification of dropped classes, reminders of important dates and events, and other information critical to your success in this class and at DSC. All DSC students are automatically assigned an e-mail account. If you don't know your user name and password, go to http://dmail.dixie.edu for complete instructions. You will be held responsible for information sent to your Dmail, so please check it often.
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