What new insights have you obtained about at-risk children and families overall?

Discussion 1

Course Reflection

In this final discussion, reflect upon your overall learning experience and relate it to your earned specialization and/or advanced degree as well as your current or future practice serving at-risk children and families. Your reflection must include the learning you have gained about the topics of this course and learning from the creation of your website. Review the Week Six Instructor Guidance to further support your response to this discussion. You may respond to this discussion in written form, or through a video and/or audio recording of yourself using the digital technology of your choosing.

Initial Post: Create an initial post that addresses the following:

  • What new insights have you obtained about at-risk children and families overall?
  • What specific concepts have you learned that have left a more lasting impression or impact on you? How and/or why have these concepts impacted you more significantly than others?
  • What affirmations have you gained about your current or future role working with at-risk children and families from reflecting on your learning? Be sure to indicate what your professional focus is (e.g., education, early childhood education, family and community service, etc.).
  • How has the construction and review of others’ websites added value to your learning experience? Include challenges you may have experienced during the process and how you overcame them.


Creating a Web-Based Resource for a Population At-Risk

Throughout this course, you have had the opportunity to examine various populations at risk and learn about strategies and resources to support these groups. You have reviewed many websites that offer services for a variety of populations at risk as well, which have hopefully served as models for your website that is finalized for this Final Project. In the Final Project, you will demonstrate mastery of the five course learning outcomes by completing the website resource you have been designing throughout the course that describes what you learned about children and families at risk as well as a specific population you selected as a focus during Week Five. Additionally, the website you create here may be an effective artifact to include in your MAED program eportfolio during your enrollment in the Capstone, EDU695, and will likely be useful to you as a resource for future professional work with your chosen population at risk from this project.

Create your Final Project to using the content and written communication instructions below. Use the Grading Rubric to review your Final Project before submission to ensure you have met the distinguished performance for each of the components described below. For additional assistance, review the Week Six Instructor Guidance page and, if needed, contact the instructor for further clarifications using the Ask Your Instructor discussion before the last day of the course when this Final Project is due.

Content Instructions

You must use the same website that you have been constructing throughout the course for this Final Project. Your website will have several “pages” or links including:

  1. Homepage/General Information Page (2 points): Create a homepage or opening page that includes;
  • A title for the page.
  • Your working definition of at risk.
  • A professional mission statement, which is your statement about your current or anticipated professional role working with children and families at risk.
  • An Autobiography, which is a brief introduction about you including professional or volunteer experiences related to social, educational, or other related fields pertaining to groups at risk and your professional goals. In this autobiography, share how you intend to use what you know about groups at risk in your current or future professional role. If you lack experience in related fields, share your professional goals including the field and/or role you intend to pursue and how you intend to use what you know about groups at risk in that role. As an option, include a picture of yourself. Ensure the image is one you would want visible on the website, which may be viewed by potential employers.
  • A logically organized menu list that links to the pages in the website.

Page–Poverty (2 points): Summarize what you learned from the Week One Discussion; Evaluating the Impact of Poverty including; (a) an overview of the impact poverty has on children and families, (b) a description of at least one source of support such as a program, policy, or model, or approach, and (c) the additional resource previously located and shared during Week One. Consider the feedback provided during the discussion to enhance your original thinking and response. A distinguished response would also describe how this knowledge will serve you professionally when working with children or families at risk. Page–Child Protection Services & Child Maltreatment (2 points): Include (a) an Overview that is one-to-two paragraphs and describes the role of child protection agencies and policies that protect children, (b) support your overview with an example of a parenting program that you reviewed in Week Two Discussion Two, and (c) resources, including at least one source to support the description and one from the Rubin (2012) text supporting the parental program. Add the Child Protection Agencies Infographic. The Child Maltreatment brochure from Week Three will already have been uploaded as an attachment or link during Week Three. A distinguished response would also describe how this knowledge will serve you professionally when working with children or families at risk. Page–Homelessness (2 points): Use what was discussed in Week Three role-play discussion to inform this page. Include; (a) an Overview that is one-to-two paragraphs summarizing what you learned while comparing and contrasting issues of homelessness in New York and Chicago. A distinguished response will include enhancements to your original discussion response from Week Three based on the reciprocal feedback received during the discussion; (b) your perspective about the supports reviewed such as programs or policies and their overall effectiveness as well as either the recommendation you made for the cities or your ideas for potentially applying what you learned to another city; (c) at least three resources, including at least one resource from your own state or city of residence, and last, (d) the visual compare/contrast graphic created during Week Three. Page—Students At-Risk (1 point): Include an introduction of the School-Based Efforts: A Plan to Support Youth At-Risk assignment completed during Week Four that describes changes or enhancements you made to the presentation following its evaluation and the feedback you received during Week Four. Also, describe how the information learned about students at risk will serve you professionally when working with children or families at risk. Include your presentation as an attachment or link on this page. Specialization Pages Instructions: Create three additional pages in your website linked from the Homepage. Title the pages specifically for your selected group at risk as shown in Content Expectations below. Page– Specialization Group: Overview (4 points): Create a page titled with the name of your Specialization Group (e.g.: Child Refugees: Overview). Include a two-to-three paragraph description of the chosen population at risk including risk indicators, statistical data, and associated short and long-term implications and at least one suitable graphic. A minimum of two references must be cited in-text. Page–Specialization Group: Strategies (4 points): Create a page titled Strategies that is linked from the Homepage. Include on this page

  • resilience indicators that may target solutions.
  • a description of at least two strategies (i.e., frameworks, models, approaches, strategies, programs, or interventions) that can be used to effectively work with the chosen population at risk including at least one derived from the Rubin (2012) text.
  • explanation of the potential or intended outcomes of the two strategies.
  • supporting evidence from at least two additional scholarly sources to support the explanations

Page–Specialization Group: Resources (4 points): Create a page titled Resources that provides a minimum of five resources including the Rubin (2012) text, offering information and support for the chosen population at risk. Ensure this page includes resources appropriate for an audience of educational and/or community-based professionals serving the chosen population at risk as well as members of the population and that these resources are formatted in APA. Each resource must be annotated with a two-to-three sentence description saying what the resource is and how it might be used for supporting or for direct support to the chosen population at risk. Text Version (3 points): Provide a text version of the website in a Microsoft Word document that includes a link to the website you created for this final project. The text version of your website or other multimedia creation will be eight-to-ten pages in length if you have created the content requested. The purpose of the text version is to provide a document to check the content of your site for originality through the TurnItIn software and to provide a place for your instructor to give you embedded feedback comments about the content of your website.

Written Communication Instructions 

Use these instructions to guide your creation of the content components of the final project.

  1. APA Formatting (0.5 point): Use APA formatting consistently throughout the assignment, such as for the title page, references page, headings for page content, and citations in the content on the website.
  2. Syntax and Mechanics (0.75 point): Display meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains no errors and is very easy to understand.

Required Resources



  • Rubin, A. (2012).Clinician’s guide to evidence-based practice: Programs and interventions for maltreated children and families at risk. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.
  • Use any of the chapters within the text to support enhancements made to any of the work included in your website as well as to inform your work on the specific group at risk you will select as a focus.
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