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Child Find
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Microcredential ID : 3032
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Disability Law for School Social Workers
Credits
0.5 USBE Credit

Description

This microcredential represents a school social worker's ability to implement the requirements and policies of Child Find. Child find is the process of identifying and evaluating children with disabilities who may be in need of special education and related services. As educators within the K-12 education system, School Social Workers are bound by Child Find laws and are members of multidisciplinary teams that support the needs of all students.

Standards
  • Utah Effective Teaching Standards > Standard 5: Professional Responsibility
    Element 1: Adherence to Laws, Rules & Policy - Maintaining a current educator license and adhering to relevant laws, rules and policies impacting educators.
How To Earn This Microcredential

To earn this microcredential you will collect and submit two sets of evidence demonstrating your effective and consistent implementation of Child Find.

  1. Submit preparation and planning evidence. Respond to questions related to the scenario, which is included in the Preparation and Planning section of the microcredential, to demonstrate your understanding of record keeping and privacy in a school setting.

  2. Submit supplemental evidence to demonstrate your practice of record keeping and privacy in a school setting.

You will also complete a reflection on your practice of record keeping and privacy in a school setting. Click on the link above that says “Submit Evidence and Reflection” when you’re ready to get started.

Next, you will click on "Submit Evidence" and read the instructions in each evidence section.

Follow these earning criteria when submitting your evidence. This is the rubric the reviewer will use to evaluate your submission:

Scenarios Criteria

Criterion 1: The applicant identifies their role as a School Social Worker in the Child Find requirements in both scenarios.

Criterion 2: The applicant describes how the students in both scenarios could have been identified as needing additional support earlier in the year through following Child Find.

Criterion 3: The applicant demonstrates an understanding of the purpose of Child Find.

Implementation Evidence Criteria

Criterion 1: The applicant demonstrates understanding how to identify students in need of additional services under IDEA.

Criterion 2: The applicant demonstrates an understanding of their role as a School Social Worker in the Child Find procedure.

Criterion 3: The applicant demonstrates an understanding of the importance of collaboration in identifying students in need of additional services through Child Find.

Reflection Criteria

Criterion 1: The applicant identifies at least one way in which they plan to improve their understanding of and compliance with Child Find.

Criterion 2: The applicant identifies at least one way in which they comply with Child Find.

Criterion 3: The applicant identifies at least one way in which the students benefit from their understanding of and compliance with Child Find.

Fees
A fee of $20.00 will be assessed once the microcredential is submitted for review.
Clarifications

This microcredential is designed for school social workers. The resources listed below are meant to aid you in your learning before submitting the required evidence.

Important Terms
Child Find:

Child find is the process of identifying and evaluating children with disabilities who may be in need of special education and related services.

Disability:

Child with a disability means a child evaluated as having an intellectual disability, a hearing impairment (including deafness), a speech or language impairment, a visual impairment (including blindness), a serious emotional disturbance, an orthopedic impairment, autism, traumatic brain injury, an other health impairment, a specific learning disability, deaf-blindness, or multiple disabilities, and who, by reason thereof, needs special education and related service. (https://sites.ed.gov/idea/regs/b/a/300.8#:~:text=(A)%20An%20inability%20to%20learn,relationships%20with%20peers%20and%20teachers)

Special Populations:

Special populations refers to students that must overcome barriers that may require special consideration and attention to ensure equal opportunity for success and in an educational setting. These students must be provided support that will ensure they have equal access to education resources and opportunities. (https://oese.ed.gov/resources/supporting-special-populations/#:~:text=Special%20populations%20refers%20to%20students,to%20education%20resources%20and%20opportunities)

Background Scenario / How This Will Help You

The scenarios for this microcredential are included in the Preparation and Planning section. You will read through the scenarios and answer the questions in that section. The scenarios are also attached in the resources section of this microcredential for your convenience.

Evidence Options
Be sure to submit the type and number of pieces of evidence specified below.
Category: Preparation and Planning

Submit the evidence listed below to demonstrate your effective and consistent implementation of Child Find.

Other:

Respond to questions associated with two scenarios to show your effective and consistent implementation of Child Find. You can upload your response or type your response in the box below. If you upload your response, you do not have to type anything in the boxes below. Be sure to describe any platforms, forms, record keeping tools, etc. that are applicable to your district. Submit the evidence described below to show your effective and consistent implementation of Child Find.

Choose one of the following:

  • Upload a video response to the questions identified in the two scenarios provided in the attached file. Your responses should address ALL of the questions outlined in each scenario. Please talk about each scenario separately. You may submit one video with both scenarios discussed or you may submit two separate videos.

  • Upload a written response to the questions identified in the two scenarios provided in the attached file. Your responses should address ALL of the questions outlined in each scenario. Please respond to each scenario separately.

Child Find Scenarios.pdf

Category: Implementation

Submit the evidence listed below to demonstrate your effective and consistent implementation of Child Find.

Other:

Submit the evidence listed below to show your effective and consistent implementation of Child Find.

Choose at least one of the following to support your ACTUAL practice of complying with Child Find requirements:

  1. Case study of an actual student within a special population category (written or video response accepted). Be sure to redact all identifying information.

    • Describe your school/district procedure and explain how you complied with Child Find laws.
    • Highlight your role in the Child Find procedure and how you collaborated with others (teachers, administrators, district personnel, parents, etc.) to support this student.
    • What evidence was collected that indicated a need for additional services? Parent communication, teacher intervention data, psychosocial history, attendance records, discipline information, observations, assessments, or other applicable school data.
  2. Submit a written summary of at least 5 supporting documents from the list below including how each was used in the Child Find process:

    • Parent communication, teacher intervention data, psychosocial history, attendance records, discipline information, observations, assessments, or other applicable school data.

Review Criteria

Scenarios Criteria

Criterion 1: The applicant identifies their role as a School Social Worker in the Child Find requirements in both scenarios.

Criterion 2: The applicant describes how the students in both scenarios could have been identified as needing additional support earlier in the year through following Child Find.

Criterion 3: The applicant demonstrates an understanding of the purpose of Child Find.

Implementation Evidence Criteria

Criterion 1: The applicant demonstrates understanding how to identify students in need of additional services under IDEA.

Criterion 2: The applicant demonstrates an understanding of their role as a School Social Worker in the Child Find procedure.

Criterion 3: The applicant demonstrates an understanding of the importance of collaboration in identifying students in need of additional services through Child Find.

Reflection Prompts

You can upload your response or type your response in the box below. If you upload your response, you do not have to type anything in the boxes below.

Discuss how you plan to enhance your understanding of and compliance with Child Find in your work with students. Describe how you comply with Child Find in your role as a School Social Worker. Discuss how your students benefit from your understanding of and compliance with Child Find.


Review Criteria

Reflection Criteria

Criterion 1: The applicant identifies at least one way in which they plan to improve their understanding of and compliance with Child Find.

Criterion 2: The applicant identifies at least one way in which they comply with Child Find.

Criterion 3: The applicant identifies at least one way in which the students benefit from their understanding of and compliance with Child Find.

Resources
Child Find Law
https://sites.ed.gov/idea/regs/b/b/300.111

IDEA Sec 300.111 Child Find Law


Child Find Resources for Parents
https://utahparentcenter.org/publications/infosheets/referral-and-evaluation/

The Utah Parent Center has created resources for parents in regard to the rights of their children under Child Find law.


Federal Policies on McKinney Vento
https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/prelim@title42/chapter119/subchapter6/partB&edition=prelim

Federal guidelines for states to follow to provide necessary support to students experiencing homelessness.


State resources for McKinney Vento
https://www.schools.utah.gov/eseastateinitiatives/homeless

The USBE has resources and support to address the needs of students experiencing homelessness.


State Law on Attendance
https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title53G/Chapter6/53G-6-S202.html

Utah Code 53G-6-202 outlines the requirements of compulsory education.


Least Restrictive Behavior Interventions (LRBI) Manual
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1o_JEZfuPetow-WzGdNc8u6MMhFWOVUnc/view

Manual which provides guidance and information in creating successful behavioral systems and supports within Utah’s public schools.


Special Education Rules
https://www.schools.utah.gov/file/0b19d648-9986-4629-8dd6-ba695707921c

The USBE provides requirements to which local educational agencies (LEAs), the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind (USDB), state-operated programs (including local juvenile and adult correctional facilities), and other public and private agencies providing publicly funded education and related services to students with disabilities must adhere.


IDEA Guidelines for Social Workers
https://sites.ed.gov/idea/regs/b/a/300.34

IDEA Sec 300.34 Related Services - outlines the role of social workers in providing special education services.


Return to School Roadmap: Guidance from the US Department of Education
https://sites.ed.gov/idea/files/rts-qa-child-find-part-b-08-24-2021.pdf

New guidance interpreting requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in light of the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and as more schools and programs are returning to in-person services.


School Social Work Practice, Policy, and Research

School Social Work: Practice, Policy, and Research has been a foundational guide to the profession for over 40 years. Featuring 30 readings divided into five parts, it reflects the many ways that school social work practice impacts academic, behavioral, and social outcomes for both youths and the broader school community.


WIDA Can-Do Descriptors
https://wida.wisc.edu/teach/can-do/descriptors

The Can Do Descriptors highlight what language learners can do at various stages of language development as they engage in various contexts. It describes what students can do with language across different content areas.


Child Find Scenarios
https://s3.amazonaws.com/midas-instructional-materials/3ec3e93a-cd7f-47c0-ba75-3dd598ce4461/ChildFindScenarios.pdf

These are the scenarios you will use to answer the questions for the Preparation and Planning section of this microcredential.

Earners
Kylie Aloi

Kylie Aloi
Lynette Baird

Lynette Baird
Jonathan Beard

Jonathan Beard
Christina Bishop-Kollar

Christina Bishop-Kollar
Berret Capps

Berret Capps
Jocelyn Cortez

Jocelyn Cortez
Edward Del Toro

Edward Del Toro
Stephanie Esplin

Stephanie Esplin
Aqsa Franco

Aqsa Franco
Brett Larsen

Brett Larsen
Melissa Larsen

Melissa Larsen
Paola Martinez

Paola Martinez
Venyce Martinez-Lunceford

Venyce Martinez-Lunceford
Danielle Nelson

Danielle Nelson
Emmaline Price

Emmaline Price
Cynthia Ralston

Cynthia Ralston
Ariela Robles

Ariela Robles
Brandi Sandoval

Brandi Sandoval
Amber Schiffman

Amber Schiffman
Jennifer Shepherd

Jennifer Shepherd
Chelsea Strong

Chelsea Strong
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