Principles of Special Education Essay Assignment Instructions

The candidate will develop a 5–8-page paper discussing the perspectives, theories, principles, philosophies, and/or trends that provide the basis for contemporary education practice. The purpose of this paper is to synthesize the various elements discussed in this course, forming a set of 2–3 principles from table 4.1 that you could use in your particular leadership role. Describe the Family- school partnership. Organize the paper according to the principles that you have learned, using different principles for each heading.


The paper must follow current APA format, include at least 5 references (1 must be the course textbook), and follow the instructions and guidelines provided here. The 5–8-page requirement excludes the title, abstract, and reference pages.


Follow these guidelines in your paper:

  1. Organize it into topical headings (leadership principles from table 4.1).
    1. Each heading must be a leadership principle that you have learned in the course and a guiding principle for the leader (topic) you have chosen.
    2. Under each heading, include (as citations) where the principles are found in the various assignments and how they all fit together.
    3. Be sure that all the paragraphs under each heading relate directly to the principle being discussed.
  2. Under each heading, include examples of the principle from the class textbook and the following suggested sources:
    1. Related reading assignments
    2. Course presentations
    3. Bible
  3. Format your paper in current APA style and follow scholarly writing standards.
    1. Do not use first-person perspective.
    2. Use double-spacing in the paper.
    3. Include an abstract.
    4. Use internal citations. (Any in-text citations must have corresponding references in the reference list.)
    5. Include a properly cited reference list. Some reminders:
  1. Cite references from the various materials from the course (and any other references) that support your choice of principles.
  2. Do not use underlining.
  • The words in the titles of a journal article or a book are not capitalized (except for the first word, proper nouns, and the first word following a colon).
  1. References must have corresponding in-text citations.
  1. Incorporate Bloom’s Taxonomy.
    1. The content must reflect higher-level thinking skills: synthesis, analysis, and evaluation.
    2. The content must demonstrate an understanding of the principles and ethics of the Christian educational leader.
  2. Do not write less than 5 pages or more than 8 pages. Page limit does not include the title page, abstract, or references. Quality, not volume, is required.
  3. Thoroughly edit your paper for correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, clear sentence structure, and precise word choice.







Table 4.1 Definitions and Examples of the Indicators of Family–School Partnerships

Table 4.1 Definitions and Examples of the Indicators of Family–School Partnerships
Principle Definition Example
Communication Parents and professionals should engage in positive, accessible, and respectful dialogue. Having a daily log between the parent and the school; sharing information about the child between the parent and the school
Commitment Parents and professionals should be devoted to the child, especially with respect to promoting the goals of the child. Being flexible about meeting times with the parent and the professionals; being willing to go “above and beyond” for the child
Equality Parents and professionals should have equitable roles wherein each person feels equally valued in the partnership. Using first names of the parents and professionals when communicating; making sure each person is allowed a seat at the table
Skills Parents and professionals should have competence to work with the child with a disability. Being willing to take time to work with the child to achieve his or her goals; individualizing support for the child
Trust Parents and professionals must be able to count on each other. Being reliable (i.e., doing what you say you will do); keeping the child safe
Respect Parents and professionals must regard each other with high esteem. Being cautious about overstepping boundaries; being open-minded