Research specific leadership and management traits and theories necessary for managing a multidisciplinary and multicultural health care organization to promote organizational effectiveness.

The Final Project should demonstrate an understanding of the reading assignments, class discussions, your own research and the application of new knowledge.  It should utilize previous skills developed in foundational health care courses and apply them within the context and viewpoint of a health care administrator and their role in managing health and human services. 
For the Final Project, the student will select one of the following topics and conduct scholarly and professional research while integrating the course’s learning outcomes to address a selected topic:

Research specific leadership and management traits and theories necessary for managing a multidisciplinary and multicultural health care organization to promote organizational effectiveness.
Present how strategic planning, performance improvement, and information systems are interrelated and fundamental to the delivery of quality health care.
Examine the financial characteristics of health care delivery along with managing costs, revenues, and human resources.
Analyze ethical and legal concepts, including specific federal regulations, required of health care organizations to ensure the delivery of high quality health care that protects patient safety.

Research Requirements
Academic research and papers must meet certain standards of quality that are recognized by the academic community. What constitutes quality academic research?

The use of primary (original), credible sources written by experts in the field of study.
Ensuring secondary sources are supported by research in primary sources.
Making sure all research is relevant and that material used is pertinent to the area of study.
In graduate work, the use of peer-reviewed journal articles (journal articles reviewed by recognized experts in the relevant field of study) is required.
Keep in mind that educational websites may be appropriate, in some cases, but should be evaluated carefully.

The Ashford University Library offers many excellent databases and other resources to assist you in conducting scholarly research.
What sources are not acceptable for academic research and referencing?

Encyclopedias
Dictionaries
Wikipedia, other wikis, or blogs
Websites and other sources that do not provide quality researched materials (e.g., they do not use credible sources to support the information in the document).

All research must reflect professional academic protocol and must be documented according to APA standards as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. 
Creating the Final Project
Present your research in the form of a comprehensive 10- to 15-slide PowerPoint presentation (excluding title and reference slides) with detailed speaker notes including each of the elements listed below:
I. Introduction
Describe the issue. Include why it was selected, the perspective of your approach to the issue, and the scope of the paper or presentation. In essence, describe in this area what is being covered. Be specific and to the point. This is an important part of the project as it engages the reader and sets the scope of the research.
II. Statement of the Issue to be Investigated
Describe why the topic is a relevant problem or issue. It is important to provide literature sources in support of the importance of the need/issue/topic.  For example, if you are interested in researching the issue of nutrition in early childhood brain development among American children – cite literature identifying the scope of the problem (for example:  the number of malnourished children, the implications of malnourishment on learning and brain development; and long term implications). Overall, this section should detail what makes this topic or issue so important that you are spending time and energy researching it. What is the impact of the problem if nothing is done to correct the situation?
III. Research Sources
This section documents the relevant research reflecting the topic of the Final Project. In this section, paraphrased narratives of the actual research studies are reported and should represent the current research related to the topic area. In general, your research should:

Identify your chosen topic and what has happened in the specific research of the topic (describe the study, sample, findings, important points from the discussion in the research article, and any variables that may influence the findings of the research).
Discuss any key elements of the topic that may be instructional, legal, ethical, social, et (what is projected if nothing is done? what has been tried?). Support this section with relevant resource citations.
Provide an analysis of the research articles used, including: explaining what was done in the study, what the target population was, information about who did the research (the author), what was found with the study, and any implications of the findings to your topic or issue.

IV. Conclusion
In this section, provide a general, but thorough summary reviewing:  why the topic was selected; the problem or issue briefly stated; the approach that was used; findings; and solutions.  In this section, the reader or audience should have a good idea of what the researcher did and what was found.
V. References
The references should be listed on a new page or slide and must be formatted according to APA requirements as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. You must use a minimum of six to eight scholarly sources.
VI. Creating a Good PowerPoint Presentation
Create your Final Project as if you were going to present it to the Board of Directors (BOD) of your organization.  Therefore, it is very important not to overload your slides as you do not want your audience to feel as if it has to read the entire project.  Your PowerPoint slides should be created with summarized bullet points on each slide, and the bulk of what you will be discussing about each bullet should be provided in APA format Notes Section under each slide.  Please ensure to follow APA, avoid first person, proof read your work prior to submitting it.  

How does Jesus transform the two commandments that relate to murder and adultery?

 
Instructions:
At Matthew 5:17 Jesus affirms that he came not to abolish the law but to fulfill it. Examine carefully the first two ‘antitheses’ (opposites) in Matthew 5:21-26 and Matthew 5:27-30. Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5:21-48 is referred to as the ‘antithesis’ (opposite) because he contrasts his own interpretation of the law with the common understanding of the law.
In approximately 500 words, discuss the following:

How does Jesus transform the two commandments that relate to murder and adultery?
Why do you think he re-interprets these commandments in this way?
How does his teaching here relate to what he had said earlier about ‘fulfilling’ the law, i.e. in what sense does this re-interpretation fulfill the law?

Explain how knowing your ethical ideology could help you as a child and family life professional.

 
Go to the link below and take the quick ethical ideology survey. Once completed, discuss your results with the class (be sure to write down the information as it’s presented on your screen while taking the survey) and explain how knowing your ethical ideology could help you as a child and family life professional.
Ethics Position Questionnaire
The purpose of this assignment is to have you critically analyze your own personal beliefs and how they might help or hinder you as a child and family development professional.(400 words)

Similarities and differences of stages of development between children of different early childhood ages in a specific environment, such as recess, the playground, a daycare facility, a children’s museum, or a physical education class or program.

 
Arrange to observe two children of different early childhood ages in a specific environment, such as recess, the playground, a daycare facility, a children’s museum, or a physical education class or program. 
Create a graphic organizer or checklist that allows you to: 

Annotate your observations.
Compare the two stages of development you observed.
Check off observed behaviors or developmental skills. 

Observe the children and document their characteristics of growth and development using your checklist or graphic organizer. 
Write a 700-word summary of your findings. Include the following: 

Examples of the activities engaging the children
Similarities between their two stages of development
Differences between their two stages of development 

Format your assignment according to APA guidelines. 

ASSIGNMENT 2
Write a list of 7 to 10 interview questions about threats to student development and support strategies. Refer to your discussion from this week’s Collaborative Activity: Teacher Question Development. 
Address the following in your questions: 

Threats to student growth and development
Moral development
Strategies used to support students emotionally, socially, physically, and academically
Examples of support strategies in at least two content areas 

Interview a teacher of a primary grade (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) using your questions.  
Create a 7- to 10-slide Prezi® or a Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation that includes the following: 

Your interview questions
The teacher’s responses
Recommendations of professional practices for educators facing similar student threats to development 

Describe laws, policies, and procedures regarding referrals, assessments, and placements for students who have, or are suspected as having, a disability.

Details:
 
It is vital that special education teachers understand the process   for identifying individuals with disabilities and involve general   education teachers, special education teachers, administration,   parents, and other experts. The most valuable part of this process is   collecting and analyzing data through the Response to Intervention   (RTI) or Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) processes. Teachers   will need to understand these processes, know how to follow the   processes, and be able to articulate the processes to other stakeholders.
For this assignment, take on the role of a special education teacher   at a K-5 elementary school. Your principal has asked you to prepare a   presentation to inform new general education teachers about the basics   of special education identification and referral, evaluation, and   eligibility for individuals with disabilities.
Create a 10-15 slide digital presentation on the topic of special   education referral, evaluation, and placement procedures.
Within your presentation:

Review the RTI and MTSS processes and how they support     students with and without disabilities who are struggling   academically.
Describe laws, policies, and procedures     regarding referrals, assessments, and placements for students who     have, or are suspected as having, a disability. Include which     individuals may make such a referral, and distinguish special     education identification from a special education referral.
Identify rights and responsibilities of students being evaluated     for special education services, their parents, teachers, schools,     and other professionals within the evaluation process.
Include a title slide, reference slide, and presenter’s   notes.

Your digital presentation should include graphics that are relevant   to the content, visually appealing, and use space appropriately.
Support your presentation with a minimum of three scholarly   resources, referencing all applicable laws and policies.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning   the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

Describe laws, policies, and procedures regarding referrals, assessments, and placements for students who have, or are suspected as having, a disability.

Details:
 
It is vital that special education teachers understand the process   for identifying individuals with disabilities and involve general   education teachers, special education teachers, administration,   parents, and other experts. The most valuable part of this process is   collecting and analyzing data through the Response to Intervention   (RTI) or Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) processes. Teachers   will need to understand these processes, know how to follow the   processes, and be able to articulate the processes to other stakeholders.
For this assignment, take on the role of a special education teacher   at a K-5 elementary school. Your principal has asked you to prepare a   presentation to inform new general education teachers about the basics   of special education identification and referral, evaluation, and   eligibility for individuals with disabilities.
Create a 10-15 slide digital presentation on the topic of special   education referral, evaluation, and placement procedures.
Within your presentation:

Review the RTI and MTSS processes and how they support     students with and without disabilities who are struggling   academically.
Describe laws, policies, and procedures     regarding referrals, assessments, and placements for students who     have, or are suspected as having, a disability. Include which     individuals may make such a referral, and distinguish special     education identification from a special education referral.
Identify rights and responsibilities of students being evaluated     for special education services, their parents, teachers, schools,     and other professionals within the evaluation process.
Include a title slide, reference slide, and presenter’s   notes.

Your digital presentation should include graphics that are relevant   to the content, visually appealing, and use space appropriately.
Support your presentation with a minimum of three scholarly   resources, referencing all applicable laws and policies.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning   the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

Describe laws, policies, and procedures regarding referrals, assessments, and placements for students who have, or are suspected as having, a disability.

Details:
 
It is vital that special education teachers understand the process   for identifying individuals with disabilities and involve general   education teachers, special education teachers, administration,   parents, and other experts. The most valuable part of this process is   collecting and analyzing data through the Response to Intervention   (RTI) or Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) processes. Teachers   will need to understand these processes, know how to follow the   processes, and be able to articulate the processes to other stakeholders.
For this assignment, take on the role of a special education teacher   at a K-5 elementary school. Your principal has asked you to prepare a   presentation to inform new general education teachers about the basics   of special education identification and referral, evaluation, and   eligibility for individuals with disabilities.
Create a 10-15 slide digital presentation on the topic of special   education referral, evaluation, and placement procedures.
Within your presentation:

Review the RTI and MTSS processes and how they support     students with and without disabilities who are struggling   academically.
Describe laws, policies, and procedures     regarding referrals, assessments, and placements for students who     have, or are suspected as having, a disability. Include which     individuals may make such a referral, and distinguish special     education identification from a special education referral.
Identify rights and responsibilities of students being evaluated     for special education services, their parents, teachers, schools,     and other professionals within the evaluation process.
Include a title slide, reference slide, and presenter’s   notes.

Your digital presentation should include graphics that are relevant   to the content, visually appealing, and use space appropriately.
Support your presentation with a minimum of three scholarly   resources, referencing all applicable laws and policies.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning   the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

Describe the role of parents and teachers in developing and utilizing an effective parent/teacher relationship.

 

Week 3 – Discussion 1

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

PartnershipsDiscern what Hjalmarson (2011) means when she states, “Rather than expecting parents to adapt to us, we need to create a parent involvement system that meets parents’ diverse needs” (p. 45).

Do you recall, as a K-12 student, certain educators who provided leadership in partnership activities?  Please give specific examples about those partnerships.  Describe those partnerships.  How did they impact your educational experience? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts. 

 2. Week 3 – Discussion 2
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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Leadership Roles Who should take the leadership role in organizing outreach programs to the parents, the family, and the community?  What specific strategies would you employ? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts. 

 
Week 3 – Journal
3. Epstein’s Six
Using the Journal tab, reflect and respond to the following question:

Thinking about the readings and your authentic personal experience, based on Epstein’s six types of involvement interactions, which ones have you observed?

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your journal entries.  (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

4.  Week 3 – Assignment  Exploring the Role of Parents
Effective parent-school relationships begin with classroom teacher and individual parents. While parents clearly know their children best, as education professionals, classroom teachers need to take the lead in establishing and maintaining these relationships. Moreover, the most effective relationships take the form of a partnership between parent and teacher/school. This partnership arrangement is of the most benefit to the student.

In a two- to five-page paper (not including the title page and reference page), describe the steps necessary to establish and maintain an effective parent-teacher relationship through addressing the following:

Describe the role of parents and teachers in developing and utilizing an effective parent/teacher relationship. 
Explain how each party knows whether or not the relationship is effective, including criteria used to determine this. 
Describe how students benefit from this relationship. 

Be sure to include at least three scholarly sources (not including your textbook), cited and referenced according to APA as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center, to support your ideas.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.