EDAS 647

Legal Entanglement Project Overview

The candidate will complete this benchmark assignment in separate sections:

Candidates should refer to the detailed directions provided in each module for the Legal Entanglement Project. Candidates will also use the provided template for Part 1. The purpose of the Legal Entanglement Project is for candidates to analyze a particular policy in his/her school that could lead to litigation if left unaddressed. Each part of the project will build from one section to the next with the goal of amending current school policy. The
Part 7 – Final Submission will be a combination of all previous parts, including a PowerPoint presentation that could be used to present the issue to the school board or faculty.

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Part 1 – Moral and Legal Issues (Analysis)

The candidate will complete a template for the Moral and Legal Issues Analysis. The purpose of the analysis is for candidates to select a meaningful and relevant topic by analyzing current policy in a particular school. The topic is to be a legal, moral, or ethical issue that—left unaddressed—could escalate into a legal entanglement (i.e., litigation).

2. Part 2 – Collaboration (Analysis)

The candidate will present the policy for amendment (determined from the —Part 1: Analysis – Moral and Legal Issues) and present this information to select families, caregivers, colleagues, supervisors/administrators, and students. Candidates will gain the stakeholders’ perspectives and collaborate with them about the proposed topic for the Legal Entanglement Project. Should edits be needed to the topic, the candidate and stakeholders will discuss how to edit during this part of the project. Furthermore, candidates will include relevant data surrounding the topic to show the need for policy amendment. Candidates should use school specific data related to the topic, but if the data is unavailable, he/she can broaden the data to include state or national data on the topic. The candidate will be sure to correct the feedback from the last assignment as he/she continues working towards the final project (Part 7).

3. Part 3 – Case Law Reviews (Knowledge Base)

Candidates will review four court cases on the selected topic, chosen from Parts 1 and 2, applying the court’s decision to how the issue was handled consistently, fairly, and ethically within the school. Regarding these court decisions, candidates must also provide a statement as evidence of his/her ability to serve as a spokesperson/advocate on these issues for students and families within the school. Length requirement is a 2-page minimum.

4. Part 4 – Literature Review (Knowledge Base)

Candidates will review four references from a variety of sources on the selected topic. These may be position statements, opinion pieces, research articles, books, etc. As candidates review the literature on the selected topic, he/she will identify emerging trends or issues that are likely to affect the school. Regarding these emerging trends, candidates are also to provide a statement as evidence of his/her ability to adapt leadership strategies to address them. Length requirement is a 4-page minimum.

5. Part 5 – Paper

Based on the school analysis and the Knowledge Base (Case Law and Literature Reviews), candidates are to develop a comprehensive paper to address the potential legal entanglement. The focus of the paper is to provide school staff, students, and visitors with a safe and secure environment. All aspects of the paper should be aligned with case law decisions. The Paper must be 5–10 pages.

6. Part 6 – PowerPoint

Candidates will prepare a PowerPoint presentation that would be given to a parent-teacher organization, the faculty, and/or a school board to convey the results of the school analysis, knowledge base, and Legal Entanglement Project. Candidates will convey significant policies, laws, regulations, and procedures relevant to the selected topic. The PowerPoint must contain at least 15 slides.

7. Part 7 – Final Submission

The candidate will combine all of the previously submitted assignments into the final submission of the Legal Entanglement Project. The candidate should use feedback from each of the previously submitted assignments prior to submitting the final project: Legal Entanglement Project. The candidate will submit all (6) previous submissions with changes/corrections highlighted to LiveText.

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EDAS 647


Legal Entanglement Project: Part 1 – Moral and Legal Issues Assignment Instructions

Analysis

In the Legal Entanglement Project, you will analyze a particular school’s strategies, policies, programs, and practices regarding their moral, legal, and ethical implications. The analysis will assist you in selecting a topic that—left unaddressed—could potentially become a liability or a legal entanglement. Your exploration of the knowledge base on the selected topic will result in a legal entanglement Project that will be communicated to appropriate stakeholders. Use the assigned template for Part 1 of the Legal Entanglement Project.

You will complete this benchmark assignment in 7 separate sections:

Part 1—Moral and Legal Issues (Analysis)

Part 2—Analysis: Collaboration (Analysis)

Part 3—Case Review (Knowledge Base)

Part 4—Literature Review (Knowledge Base)

Part 5—Paper

Part 6—PowerPoint

Part 7—Final Submission

Analysis: The purpose of the analysis is for you to select a meaningful and relevant topic in a particular school. If you are currently a school employee, you will use your school policy for the analysis. If you are not currently working in a school, you will want to reach out to a school where you might have connections (i.e., as a parent, where you have friends who work in a school, etc.). If you do not have connections, you will need to analyze a policy that is available online. The topic is to be a legal, moral, or ethical issue that—left unaddressed—could escalate into a legal entanglement (i.e., litigation).

As each part of this project builds from one section to the next, it is important to make corrections as you continue working on the subsequent part.

In the template, there are two sections, Part A and Part B:



Part A: Moral and Legal Issues in School Policy: The first step in selecting a topic is for candidates to analyze school policy regarding moral and legal implications. Evaluate the policies in regard to the potential they have to be problematic morally and/or legally. Using the assigned template, complete the first part of the chart (part A), including what the policy currently states regarding an area of potential litigation. If an issue is identified in the school but there is not current policy in place, candidates may suggest adding the policy to the current handbook. In the “Sound School Strategies” section of Part A, be sure to include a narrative analyzing the policy in regard to moral and legal implications.

Part B: Values in School Policies, Programs, and Practices: The second step in selecting a topic is for candidates to critique the school policy listed in Part A. Candidates will critique the policies, programs, and practices in regard to the values or lack thereof inherent in them—specifically the values of social justice, equity, confidentiality, acceptance, and respect between and among students and faculty within the school. For Part B, discuss how the policy in Part A would/could be amended to avoid potential litigation. Be sure to consider social justice, equity, confidentiality, acceptance, and/or respect between and among students and faculty. For Part B: Upholding Values, discuss how you can uphold values in the face of adversity. Consider how this amended policy will serve the greater good for the school community.

When completed, the template should be 1–2 pages and include a title page and reference page.

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TITLE 1

TITLE 3

Title of Assignment

Name

School of Education, Liberty University

Author Note
Name
I have no known conflict of interest to disclose.
Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to
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Email:

Part 1: ANALYSIS: Moral and Legal Issues/Values in Policy Template

Moral and Legal Issues in School Policy


Part A: Policy


Include the actual policy in regard to Moral & Legal Implications

                                                             

 

                                                      

 

 

 

 

Narrative Analyzing the Policy in Regard to Moral & Legal Implications

 

Values in School Policies, Programs, and Practices


Part B: Policy, Program, or Practice Amendment/Changes

Discussion of suggested amendments or changes relating to Social Justice, Equity, Confidentiality, Acceptance, and/or Respect Between and Among Students & Faculty

                                                      

 

                                                      

 

 

 

 

Upholding Values in the Face of Adversity

 

References