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Professional and ethical practices focus on advancing in the profession of special

education, and using these practices to be a lifelong learner in the profession. The
artifacts that I compiled for standard 6 are the B.I.S.T. and the Parent Rights in Special
Education document. The Parent Rights in Special Education document outlines all of
the rights that parents obtain throughout the entire special education process. It covers
rights dealing with topics such as confidentiality, state compliancy issues, due process
procedures, appeals, and disciplining. This falls under the shadow of standard six because
it covers how teachers must work with parents and their students in a professional and
ethical manner. Teachers must follow the professional guidelines and laws of special
education in order to ensure that parents know that their child is receiving the best
education possible. This impacts students because their parents are informed of the rights
that they have as parents, and rights that their child have, so that they are able to monitor
their childs education and make sure their child is receiving the best educational
experience possible. The second artifact, the B.I.S.T., stands for Behavior Intervention
Support Team. This is used as a method of problem solving for students with behavior
issues. It looks into why students behave the way that they do, as well as figuring out
what the motives behind the behaviors are. It also brings to light ways in which the
teacher can be accepting of student behaviors in order to be able to work with the
students to correct these behaviors, and how students can show accountability by
accepting the responsibility for their actions and working with the teacher to fix the
behaviors. Lastly it discusses intervention strategies that can effectively be used to correct
the unwanted behaviors that are being seen. This resembles standard six because it is a
way for teachers to continually learn how to effectively handle inappropriate behaviors in

a structured, ethical way. The B.I.S.T. has an impact on students because it gives students
a structured process of behavior intervention that can be individualized to suit students
specific behavioral needs. This standard taught me that there are supports out there that
are used to help apply intervention strategies in a professional and ethical way, and that
these supports tend to be much more structured and effective than trying to impose a selfconstructed intervention plan. I also learned about the importance of informing parents of
their rights and responsibilities in special education so that they are able to be
knowledgeable advocates for their children.