ESE 601 ESE601 Week 1 Assignment Historical Timeline - Ashford

ESE 601 ESE601 Week 1 Assignment Historical Timeline - Ashford


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ESE 601 Week 1 Assignment Historical Timeline (Ashford)

Historical Timeline [CLO: 2]. Due by Day 7. In this assignment you will demonstrate your understanding of the learning objectives: Analyze the relevant historical timeline of landmark cases that have influenced special education and the education and treatment of individuals with exceptional needs in the school setting and Identify federal legislation that guides the foundations of special education in the public schools. Additionally,

completion of this assignment represents an introduction to Course Learning Outcome 1 and MASE Program Learning Outcomes 1 and 2.

The history of special education has included a long and arduous path for parents, teachers, and children as exemplified in Celebrating 35 Years of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) but this process also has generated some very positive outcomes. Beginning in 1954 with the landmark civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court ruled that separate is not equal and therefore educating children with special needs in isolated environments does not provide an identical education to that of their non-disabled peers 

(Expanding Civil Rights, n.d.). Since the passage of this groundbreaking legislation, other individuals and activist groups have followed suit, fighting for the legal rights of children with disabilities.


You will select three landmark cases to summarize and analyze using a timeline format. Although you can use any online template for this project,, and are recommended as being user-friendly. The use of your text and the aforementioned video are strong resources for this assignment. Upload a Word document in waypoint that includes a link to your online timeline. An important point is that you must make your website “public” in order for the instructor to access your work.

Here is an example of a timeline:

Special Education Timeline

Timeline Content

  •  Identify, by name and date, at least three influential landmark cases specific to 21st century special education beginning in 1960, using,,, or an online timeline creation tool of your choice.

  •  Paraphrase in 2-3 sentences a description of each party’s stance for each of the three selected cases.

  •  Restate in your own words, a 2-3 sentence summary of the final court ruling for each of the three selected


  •  Explain in 2-3 sentences, using your own words, how the historical legal rulings you selected have

    supported the needs of students with disabilities.

  •  Embed into your timeline a relevant link to a website or video that describes each selected case in user-

    friendly terms. 

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