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SPCL 7914: Contact / Info

Open Educational Resource (OER) created for Professor Elizalde-Utnick's SPCL 7914 course.

General Information

Course: SPCL 7914
Credits: 3
Semester: Spring 2020 
Instructors: Profs. Graciela Elizalde-Utnick & Daniela Bejarano
E-mail: GUtnick@brooklyn.cuny.edu & Daniela.Bejarano@brooklyn.cuny.edu
Office Location: 1107 James Hall
Office Hours: GEU: Tuesdays 11a.m.-2p.m.; Thursdays, 3:30-4:15p.m., and by appt.

                      DB: by appt.

Class Time: Thursdays 7:10 – 9:40 p.m. in 5604 James 

AS OF MARCH 19 WE ARE SWITCHING TO DISTANCE LEARNING PEDAGOGY, INCLUDING ZOOM.

 

Class Attendance and Participation

Students are required to keep up-to-date on class readings and assignments, and to be active team members. If students miss a class, they miss whatever their team did. The team process is critical to learning, and the content of each session will be reflected on the midterm and final exams. Most teams, in real life and here, will forgive a single absence for which students have a really good reason, and be less forgiving of multiple or casual absences. More than one absence and/or tardiness will affect the course grade (two points per absence and one point for lateness).

Attendance is taken at the beginning of class and it is expected that all students will be present at the start of class.  Brooklyn College abides to the state law regarding non-attendance because of religious beliefs, as expressed in page 53 of the student bulletin (available here).

As cited in the bulletin (p. 53), New York State Education Law, Title I, Article 5, Section 224-a, declares that: “Any student in an institution of higher education who is unable, because of his [or her] religious beliefs, to attend classes on a particular day or days shall, because of such absence on the particular day or days, be excused from any examination or any study or work requirements.” In addition, “It shall be the responsibility of the faculty and of the administrative officials of each institution of higher education to make available to each student who is absent from school, because of his [or her] religious beliefs, an equivalent opportunity to make up any examination, study or work requirements which he [or she] may have missed because of such absence on any particular day or days… No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student because of his [or her] availing himself [or herself] of the provisions of this section.”

If you are unable to attend class in any occasion for religious reasons, please notify me in advance to make the necessary arrangements.

Policy on Late Submissions/Incompletes

Timely submission of work is an important professional attribute. Work submitted late will be marked down accordingly at the discretion of the instructor. The only exception is when the student contacts the instructor before the assignment is due, and the instructor agrees to provide an exception to the due date based on the student’s extenuating circumstances. Assignments not submitted on the due date with no advance notice to the instructor will be penalized as specified in the assignment instructions (see individual rubrics).

Faculty Council has determined the following policy for Incomplete Grades:  A grade of Incomplete (INC) may be given at the discretion of the instructor when 1) a student has satisfactorily completed most, but not all, course requirements, and 2) a student provides to the instructor evidence documenting the extenuating circumstances that prevent the completion of course requirements by the end of the semester. Candidates receive grades of incomplete (INC) only when a situation beyond their control prevents them from completing course work.

It is important to note that grades of INC will only be given if the instructor determines the grade is appropriate given the unusual extenuating circumstances and such circumstances are documented by the student. An incomplete grade in a course that is a prerequisite for another course must be cleared before the candidate can enter the next course. Final assignments not submitted on the due date at the end of the semester are given a grade of zero.

Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes

The primary goal of this course is to begin to apply the skills that students will need for working with emergent bilinguals. This course prepares bilingual school psychologist candidates to conduct bilingual psychoeducational assessments. For bilingual school counselor candidates, this course fosters an understanding of the bilingual assessment process; these latter candidates will engage in bilingual assessment activities. All students will learn to report emergent bilingual assessment data in a culturally responsive and ethical fashion.

Course Evaluation

Individual Performance: 80%

  • Class Participation: 10%
  • Individual Quizzes: 20% (lowest two iRATs dropped)
  • Language Proficiency Report: 20%
  • Assessment Battery Report: 25%
  • Data Worksheet & Analysis: 0% (but if not submitted by deadline then 10 points will be deducted from total course score)

Team Performance: 25%

  • Team Quizzes: 20%
  • Peer Evaluation: 5%

The peer evaluation forms (midterm and final) must be submitted; otherwise, the evaluator will forfeit their own peer evaluation points, and it will affect overall class participation.

All assignments are due on the dates indicated on the course calendar. Grades on assignments will be lowered the designated number of points per week/day late, as measured by the beginning of the class period in which the assignment was due.

 

Using the "Compute Your Course Grade" spreadsheet, input your course grades in the yellow boxes. Over time, you will see how these grades add up to your total final course score.