26 August 2015

Realizing the challenges of school safety

Section 1: Realizing the challenges of school safety
Course Resources

The Resources area for this course contains a variety of reference materials that will help you to complete the course activities. It is suggested that you become familiar with these resources before you begin the activities.
Textbooks will usually not be appropriate for doctoral-level courses, but rather an increasing emphasis on primary sources is expected. In every doctoral-level course, Learners should find, read, and comment on peer-reviewed articles and synthesize their readings with their own ideas.
Library
References used for research need to be peer reviewed/scholarly journals, which can be found by searching the University Library databases. These journals typically have the following characteristics:
• Articles are reviewed by a panel of experts before they are accepted for publication.
• Articles are written by a scholar or specialist in the field.
• Articles report on original research or experimentation.
• Articles are often published by professional associations.
• Articles utilize terminology associated with the discipline.

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Safe school environments are created by the enforcement of policies which mandate behavior promoting the welfare of students and faculty. In safe schools, rules are consistently enforced and there are consequences for unsafe behavior. Safety is maintained by vigilance among students and teachers to ensure that weapons are not carried, disaster plans are in place, emergency routines are practiced, and violence of any kind is not tolerated.

Watch the following video about Safe School Environments.

Required Reading:
Please refer to each activity, within Activity Resources, for the required readings.

Assignment 2 Defining Safety and Achievement

There is a direct link between safe schools, school climate and culture, and student achievement. When a culture is established in a school, the focus can become about the positive and about instruction and not about managing classrooms and keeping control but rather encouragement and support. You will find during this activity and during your research that the most successful schools enjoy a positive culture and a climate designed for high achievement and professionalism.

Read the following article about School Safety and Academic Achievement.

Clarke, T. J., & Russell, S. T. (2009). School Safety and Academic Achievement. (California Safe Schools Coalition Research Brief No. 7). San Francisco, CA: California Safe Schools Coalition.

Keep the following questions in mind while reading:
• What are the two major findings?
• What are some recommendations noted for teachers and administrators?
Activity Resources
• Article: Upton, P., Woolley, M.E., & Jun Sung, H. (2012). Exposure to violence, student fear, and low academic achievement: African American males in the critical transition to high school.
• Video interview: Leading School Culture to help you frame your idea of the importance of the role of a school leader and the climate and culture of the school in facilitating student achievement.
• Brunner, J. M., & Lewis, D. K. (2009)., Chapter 1
o Planning
 Strategy 1: Starting the School Year: A Checklist for Safety and Security
 Strategy 2: The Principal's Homework: What Does Your Teacher Handbook Say About Safety and Security?
 Strategy 3: Strategic Supervision: The Foundation for School Safety
 Strategy 4: A Safety Game Plan for Cocurricular Events
 Strategy 5: On the Road Again: Discipline Investigations Away From School
 Strategy 6: Visitor Check-In and Screening Procedures: It's More Than Just Signing the Visitor Log
 Strategy 7: Ensuring the Safe Evacuation of Students With Physical Disabilities During an Emergency
 Strategy 8: Invest in a Safety Committee: Creating Strategies You Can Bank On
 Strategy 9: Speaking of School Safety: Creating a Conversation Within the School Community
 Strategy 10: Closing Out the School Year
Pre-Activity
1. Revisit the Strategies in Brunner, J. M., & Lewis, D. K. (2009)., Chapter 1.
2. Read the article, Patton, D. U., Woolley, M.E., & Jun Sung, H. (2012). Exposure to violence, student fear, and low academic achievement: African American males in the critical transition to high school.
3. Watch the video of the interview with Louise Bywaters: Leading School Culture to help you frame your idea of the importance of the role of a school leader and the climate and culture of the school in facilitating student achievement.
Main Task: Demonstrate the connection between Safety and an Effective Learning Environment
For this next Activity, you have revisited Planning Strategies in Chapter 1, read the article, Exposure to violence, student fear, and low academic achievement: African American males in the critical transition to high school, and watched an interview with Louise Bywaters on the importance of creating a positive school climate. Imagine yourself as a new school administrator who is armed with this new information. In this role, you have been charged with helping your staff understand the connection between safety and a successful learning environment. To do this you will create an engaging PowerPoint presentation that will be presented to your staff at the next staff meeting. Please include the following in your presentation:
• Introduction
• Objective of Presentation
• Why this is important
• Describe and discuss the positive connection between safety and a successful learning environment (use your resources here!)
• Provide suggestions to your staff on communicating the connection to parents.
• Include a strategy found in your Chapter 1 reading.
• Summary
• References

Incorporate appropriate animations, transitions, and graphics as well as �speaker notes� for each slide. The speaker notes may be comprised of brief paragraphs or bulleted lists.
Length: 12-15 slides (with a separate reference slide)

Notes Length: 150-200 words for each slide

Be sure to include citations for quotations and paraphrases with references in APA format and style. Save the file as PPT with the correct course code information.

Upload the completed assignment in the Activities area of the course.

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26 August 2015

English and Literature
Essay # 4 (Nature)
For your last essay of the semester, we are going to move you closer to the academic writing that you will do in a English 100 course. Academic writing, the kind of writing you will do in college, exists as a conversation on the page between people of similar interest. People interested in similar issues will present their ideas, but they won’t do so in a vaccum. They will present their ideas after reading as much as possible about the thoughts of others on their subject. To create this conversation, it is necessary to do research. You must find out what other people are saying about your topic, and then you must allow their voices to enter your writing through quotes, paraphrase and summary. As you work these quotes paraphrases and summaries into your essay, it is crucial that you follow the conventions of academic writing. When you allow the voices of others to speak in your essay through these quotes, paraphrase and summaries, it is essential that you give them credit, not only for their words, but their ideas as well.
However you approach the topic of nature, you are required to cite a minimum of three sources. The first source you will cite will be the Catherine Latterell and one of the three assumption she makes regarding nature (spiritual, the essence of things, can’t be improved on). The second source you will cite is one of the essays from the book, and finally, you will cite a peer-reviewed scholarly source that you find by searching Ebsco. You can bring in more sources than this, but it will be necessary to have these sources in your essay.
Because there are three assumptions in this section of Remix, you will have three options for approaching this essay.
Option #1: Using the assumption about the spiritual side of nature and the Ken Burns film The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, you will write an essay where you discuss the way in which spirituality and nature can be connected in contemporary society. (Ebsco search terms: Nature and Spirituality)
Option #2: Using the assumption that nature is the essence of things and the essays by Eric Schlosser and/or Michael Pollan you will write an essay that discusses the nature of food and the food consumption patterns of contemporary society. (Ebsco search terms: food and government recommendation)
Option # 3: Using the assumption that nature cannot be improved, and the essays by Alan Weisman and/or Jonah Lehrer, you will write an essay that discusses the issues of sustainability in contemporary society. This is probably the broadest topic since there may issues of sustainability in the modern world including: energy use, food production, water use, or waste disposal to name a few. Here you will have to pick one issue and really focus. (Ebsco search terms: sustainability and [put your topic here])
As you do your Ebsco search for the source, you will review titles of and abstracts to help you find the source that will be most helpful to your essay, and remember to click on the Full Text and Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journal buttons before you begin your search. In preparing your work-cited pages, I strongly suggest using Noodlebib, as we discussed to help you set up a proper MLA work-cited page. You might as well learn it, and it makes flawless MLA documents if you enter the information correctly.
Since this is the last essay of the semester, it is a good opportunity for you to show me you are ready for English 100. Even if you already have two essays in mind for your portfolio, you will need to put together a solid essay here because this assignment is most like the type you will be doing in English 100. If you are planning on using this essay in your portfolio, you need to let me know, so we can move it to the front of the evaluation pile. That way you can get a quick turn-around from me for your portfolio revision.
Feedback sheets are available online, and for this assignment you are required to do peer evaluation online. E-mail your essays to other class members, have them download the feedback sheet, fill it out, and e-mail it back to you.


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26 August 2015

Evaluation of Corporate PerformanceEvaluation of Corporate Performance

The Final Project will involve applying the concepts learned in class to an analysis of a company using data from its annual report. Using the concepts from this course, you will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the company and write a report either recommending or not recommending purchase of the company stock.

Research Tip: The “Mergent” database in the Ashford University Library contains company profiles and financial information for publicly traded companies and their competitors. To access this database enter the Ashford Library and select “Find Articles and More” in the top menu panel. Next, select “Databases A-Z” and go to section “M” for “Mergent”. For help with using Mergent, use Mergent Online Quick Tips.

For help with reading an annual report access this handy guide from Money Chimp.

The completed report should include:

An introduction to the company, including background information.
A complete and thorough financial statement review.
Pro Forma financial statements (Balance Sheet and Income Statement) for the next fiscal year, assuming a 10 percent growth rate in sales and Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) for the next year.
Complete ratio analysis for the last fiscal year using at least two ratios from each of the following categories:
Liquidity 
Financial leverage
Asset management
Profitability
Market value
A calculation of Return on Equity (ROE) using the DuPont system.
Assessment of management performance by calculating Economic Value Added (EVA).
A synopsis of your findings, including your recommendations and rationale for whether or not to purchase stock from this company.

This report should be eight to ten pages long (excluding title page and reference pages) using APA 6th edition formatting guidelines. Support your findings and recommendations with evidence from at least five scholarly resources, such as the textbook, industry reports, and articles from the Ashford University library.


Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:



Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide.
Must include a cover page that includes:
Title of paper
Student's name
Course name and number
Instructor's name
Date submitted
Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
Must use at least five scholarly resources from the Ashford University Library.
Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the approved APA style guide.
Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

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Nobel Prize winner Paul KrugmanPaper instructions:
The paper should be four pages double spaced (excluding any title information and or bibliographic information). The paper should contain no direct quotes beyond five word phrases from any source. The paper should include four different sources other than the book. An appropriate use of citations is required. The key expectation is that you write the paper in your own voice. Paraphrase any information you read and write the short paper in a way that is clear to your reader.

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