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As a Special Education Leader and advocate in the field, you will be called upon by various entities to advocate for services for students with exceptionalities as well as the delivery of services and resources for students with and without disabilities. Throughout this course, you have engaged in discussions and completed activities and reflections to support your completion of an advocacy plan, specifically a plan for advocacy and leadership in an area of interest that includes issues of diversity and special needs. You have explored important transformational, authentic, and change leadership principles; researched special education problems and issues; practiced applying criteria and activities associated with stages of the policy process; examined effective advocacy planning practices; and analyzed the foundational principles and intent of special education legislation.
The assignment for this module includes preparation activities to support the construction of an advocacy plan, with attention to the critical elements associated with effective leadership, advocacy, policy, and law you have explored in this course. The activities and elements you will conduct and address in this assignment represent an informed, organized approach you can use in your future leadership and advocacy efforts to assure policies and practices reflecting more just educational experiences for individuals with diverse and special needs. For this assignment, you will first develop a “Preparation Guide for Advocacy Plan” paper which highlights the research to support your advocacy plan. Then, you will create an advocacy plan addressing an issue or problem related to the field of special education.
·Review the “Preparation Guide for the Advocacy Plan Requirements” document in this module’s Learning Resources for the specific requirements and key components of an advocacy plan.
·Using the “Preparation Guide for the Advocacy Plan Requirements”, identify an existing policy issue or a desired policy issue that will become the focus of your advocacy plan.
·Review the “Advocacy Plan Requirements” document in this module’s Learning Resources to begin thinking about how you will craft your own plan for this assignment.
Part 1 Completed by Week 9
Develop a 6 page paper following the guidelines and prompts from the “Preparation Guide for the Advocacy Plan” document.
Note: The “Preparation Guide for the Advocacy Plan” must be completed before writing the advocacy plan. Information you gather to create this guide will depend on whether you will be advocating for an existing policy issue (Approach 1) or a desired policy issue (Approach 2). Key components you must address in your Preparation Guide for the advocacy plan paper, regardless of which approach you choose, are:
·Advocacy and Diversity Definitions
·Research-Policy and Law Principles