After analyzing data extensively, there are several things I think could change. I would like to better prepare and support teachers to help them make the extra push to reach goals each year

Surprises in Data

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 1:00 PM

As I look at the data that I have collected over the last two years, there are many things that surprise me and many trends I have seen year to year. One of the things in the data that surprises me most is how close my school was year to year in terms of meeting or exceeding growth or reaching the next letter on the letter scale. It seems like every year we were just one point or even half a point away from reaching goals we had set in order to grow year to year. At the same time, the data does reflect some of my preconceived notions when I started the process. I’ve always known that working with students who are considered “at-risk” or who have not been successful in the traditional school system can be an uphill battle because by the time we get them in high school, they’ve been overlooked or pushed through the system so much that they are missing so many fundamental skills that makes it difficult for them to perform on standardized exams.

After analyzing data extensively, there are several things I think could change. I would like to better prepare and support teachers to help them make the extra push to reach goals each year. I also think teacher turnover and having a transient student body also has an effect on data and I want to find a way to retain teachers and not have as fluid of a student body. I think that both of these changes would help continue to grow our students each year.

Surprises in Data

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unday, January 12, 2020, 1:00 PM

As I look at the data that I have collected over the last two years, there are many things

that surprise me and many trends I have seen year to year. One of the things in the

data that surprises me most is how close

my school was year to year in terms of

meeting or exceeding growth or reaching the next letter on the letter scale. It seems like

every year we were just one point or even half a point away from reaching goals we had

set in order to grow year to year.

At

the same time, the data does reflect some of my preconceived notions when I started

the process. I’ve always known that working with students who are considered “at

risk”

or who have not been successful in the traditional school system can be an uphill ba

ttle

because by the time we get them in high school, they’ve been overlooked or pushed

through the system so much that they are missing so many fundamental skills that

makes it difficult for them to perform on standardized exams.

After analyzing data ext

ensively, there are several things I think could change. I would

like to better prepare and support teachers to help them make the extra push to reach

goals each year. I also think teacher turnover and having a transient student body also

has an effect on

data and I want to find a way to retain teachers and not have as fluid of

a student body. I think that both of these changes would help continue to grow our

students each year.

Surprises in Data

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 1:00 PM

As I look at the data that I have collected over the last two years, there are many things

that surprise me and many trends I have seen year to year. One of the things in the

data that surprises me most is how close my school was year to year in terms of

meeting or exceeding growth or reaching the next letter on the letter scale. It seems like

every year we were just one point or even half a point away from reaching goals we had

set in order to grow year to year.

At the same time, the data does reflect some of my preconceived notions when I started

the process. I’ve always known that working with students who are considered “at-risk”

or who have not been successful in the traditional school system can be an uphill battle

because by the time we get them in high school, they’ve been overlooked or pushed

through the system so much that they are missing so many fundamental skills that

makes it difficult for them to perform on standardized exams.

After analyzing data extensively, there are several things I think could change. I would

like to better prepare and support teachers to help them make the extra push to reach

goals each year. I also think teacher turnover and having a transient student body also

has an effect on data and I want to find a way to retain teachers and not have as fluid of

a student body. I think that both of these changes would help continue to grow our

students each year.

Week 2 Discussion – Surprises in Data After completing this week’s Readings and Resources, respond to the following questions.

Week 2 Discussion – Surprises in Data
After completing this week’s Readings and Resources, respond to the following questions.

As you look at the data you have collected over these many months, what do you see that has surprised you? Do the data reflect any preconceived notions you may have had as you started the process? What did you find in the data that you would like to change?

Your initial response is due by 11:55 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday and should be between 200-250 words. The initial posting should be a statement of your point of view on the question, supported by the required readings. You are also required to post a response to at least two of your fellow classmates per discussion forum by 11:55 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday and it should be between 50-75 words each. The responses should also be a substantive response that demonstrates a comprehension of the reading material. Responses such as “I agree” or “I disagree” are not acceptable or will not be counted as a response.

The Case of Plant Relocation

Karen Musalo
Production costs are rising. Your company can make more money for shareholders by relocating your plants to a country with lower labor costs and fewer regulations. Using this case, Stan Raggio, senior vice president for sourcing and logistics at The Gap, and Karen Musalo, then director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics International Human Rights and Migration Project, discussed the ethical issues companies should consider at an Ethics Roundtable for Executives.

You are the chief executive of Electrocorp, an electronics company, which makes the onboard computer components for automobiles. In your production plants, complex hydrocarbon solvents are used to clean the chips and other parts that go into the computer components. Some of the solvents used are carcinogens and must be handled with extreme care. Until recently, all of your production plants were located in the United States. However, the cost of production has risen, causing profits to decline.

A number of factors have increased production costs. First, the union representing the workers in your plant waged a successful strike resulting in increased salary and benefits. The pay and benefits package for beginning employees is around $15/hour. A second factor has been stringent safety regulations. These safety procedures, which apply inside the plant, have been expensive in both time and money. Finally, environmental regulations have made Electrocorp’s operations more costly. Electrocorp is required to put its waste through an expensive process before depositing it at a special disposal facility.

Shareholders have been complaining to you about the declining fortunes of the company. Many of Electrocorp’s competitors have moved their operations to less-developed countries, where their operating costs are less than in the United States, and you have begun to consider whether to relocate a number of plants to offshore sites. Electrocorp is a major employer in each of the U.S. cities where it is located, and you know that a plant closure will cause economic dislocation in these communities. You know that the employees who will be laid off because of plant closures will have difficulty finding equivalent positions and that increased unemployment, with its attendant social costs, will result. However, you are aware of many other corporations, including your competitors, that have shut down their U.S. operations, and it is something that you are willing to consider.

You have hired a consultant, Martha Smith, to investigate the sites for possible plant relocation. Ms. Smith has years of experience working with companies that have moved their operations to less-developed countries to reduce their operating costs. Based on your own research, you have asked Ms. Smith to more fully investigate the possibility of operations in Mexico, the Philippines, and South Africa. A summary of her report and recommendation for each country follows:

Mexico

A number of border cities in Mexico would be cost-efficient relocation sites based on both labor, and health and safety/environmental factors. Workers in production plants comparable to Electrocorp’s earn about $3 per day, which is the prevailing wage. There is frequent worker turnover because employees complain that they cannot live on $3/day, and they head north to work illegally in the United States. However, a ready supply of workers takes their place.

Mexican health and environmental laws are also favorable to production. Exposure to toxic chemicals in the workplace is permitted at higher levels than in the United States, allowing corporations to dispense to some degree with costly procedures and equipment. Mexico’s environmental laws are less strict than those of the United States, and a solvent recovery system, used to reduce the toxicity of the waste before dumping, is not required.

The only identifiable business risk is possible bad publicity. The rate of birth defects has been high in many Mexican border towns where similar plants are in operation. Citizen health groups have begun protests, accusing the companies of contamination leading to illness.

Philippines

Conditions in the Philippines are more favorable than those in Mexico in terms of labor and health and safety/environmental factors.

The prevailing wage in the Philippines is about $1/day, and young workers (under 16) may be paid even less. As in Mexico, the workers complain that the rate of pay is not a living wage, but it is the present market rate.

The health and safety and environmental regulations are equivalent to those in Mexico, but there have been no public complaints or opposition regarding birth defects, cancers, or other illnesses.

South Africa

Conditions in South Africa are positive in some respects, but not as favorable in economic terms as in Mexico or the Philippines. The prevailing wage in South Africa is about $10/day. Furthermore, there is a strong union movement, meaning that there may be future demands for increases in wages and benefits.

The unions and the government have been working together on health and safety issues and environmental protections. Exposure to toxic chemicals in the workplace is not permitted at as high a level as in Mexico and the Philippines. Although the equipment necessary to reduce toxic chemicals to an acceptable level is not as costly as in the United States, this expense would not be incurred in the other two countries. Furthermore, there are requirements for a solvent recovery system, which also increases operation expenses.

You have to decide how you would like to proceed. Your options are to further investigate one or more of the overseas sites or to simply continue all operations within the United States. Examine each possibility and the factors you will consider in weighing the pros and cons.

Aggressive Sales Quotas or Unfair Business Practice?

“In the advertising industry, money is the bottom line-regardless,” said Peter Allen, a customer service representative for a large-scale online directory. It was 1999 and the online business was booming. Everyone in the city wanted to get in on the Internet revolution, but many didn’t really understand what that even involved.

Peter was new to the industry. He was given his territory, the city of San Francisco, and told to sell as much advertising as possible-at any cost-both to the company’s existing clients and to new customers. For his first few months on the job, Peter focused on getting to know the existing customers and evaluating their current advertising packages with the company. Peter was surprised to find that many of his customers were small business owners-auto-body shops and family-owned restaurants that already had large advertising packages way beyond their needs. His boss, the director of customer service, had already set Peter’s quota at a level that presumed that many more sales were possible. Yet, in Peter’s judgment, the market was saturated.

“These small shops thought that the Internet was the next best thing,” said Peter. “They didn’t even understand what the Internet actually was.”

Peter couldn’t fathom how these small businesses got persuaded into spending so much money on advertising. “The businesses you would least think to look up online were the businesses with the most expensive advertising packages,” said Peter.

Peter was getting daily phone calls from the home office, pressuring him to meet his numbers and sell the most in his territory. Peter complained to the sales manager, who said that Peter had to be honest. “It was my obligation to set things straight,” said Peter.

With the support of his manager, Peter told the top executives of the company that the sales team in San Francisco needed to have some leeway in meeting the quota. Unlike other sales territories, San Francisco, as the hub of the high-tech world, was cluttered with competition and, with companies cropping up everywhere in Silicon Valley, Peter and his team didn’t have the luxury to selectively pursue businesses. Instead, they had to go after any and every business possible because other online directories were quickly entering the San Francisco market. The executives feared that changing the quota for San Francisco would lead to other territories vying for lower quotas as well. But Peter’s case proved strong enough: The executives decided to “look the other way” for the San Francisco territory.

Peter went to each business and gave them an honest evaluation of their advertising needs-often recommending they downgrade their packages with the company.

“We moved them into more appropriate packages and became number one in customer retention,” said Peter. “We lost money in the short term, but in the long term we made money through referrals and retention.”

Discussion Questions:
Describe, specifically, the ethical dilemma that Peter faced.
What are virtues Peter needed to act as he did? What do you think motivated him?
What were the risks Peter faced in making this decision?
What factors do you think assist people in making moral decisions in the face of a great deal of pressure?
Jessica Silliman was a 2006-07 Hackworth Fellow at The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

June 2007

What are the methods a nurse can use to gather cultural information from patients? How does cultural competence relate to better patient care? Discuss the ways in which a nurse demonstrates cultural competency in nursing practice.

What are the methods a nurse can use to gather cultural information from patients? How does cultural competence relate to better patient care? Discuss the ways in which a nurse demonstrates cultural competency in nursing practice.

In this assignment, you will be writing a 1,000-1,250 word paper describing the differing approaches of nursing leaders and managers to issues in practice. To complete this assignment, do the following:

In this assignment, you will be writing a 1,000-1,250 word paper describing the differing approaches of nursing leaders and managers to issues in practice. To complete this assignment, do the following:

Select an issue from the following list: bullying, unit closers and restructuring, floating, nurse turnover, nurse staffing ratios, use of contract employees (i.e., registry and travel nurses), or magnet designation.
Describe the selected issue. Discuss how it impacts quality of care and patient safety in the setting in which it occurs.
Discuss how professional standards of practice should be demonstrated in this situation to help rectify the issue or maintain professional conduct.
Explain the differing roles of nursing leaders and nursing managers in this instance and discuss the different approaches they take to address the selected issue and promote patient safety and quality care. Support your rationale by using the theories, principles, skills, and roles of the leader versus manager described in your readings.
Discuss what additional aspects mangers and leaders would need to initiate in order to ensure professionalism throughout diverse health care settings while addressing the selected issue.
Describe a leadership style that would best address the chosen issue. Explain why this style could be successful in this setting.
Use at least three peer-reviewed journal articles other than those presented in your text or provided in the course.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

Assignment 1: Business Plan Part I – Business Vision

Assignment 1: Business Plan Part I – Business Vision
Due Week 3 and worth 175 points

Note: Refer to scenarios and reading assignments from previous weeks to complete this assignment.

Imagine you are involved in a new start-up company. You are tasked to organize the key elements of a business plan. This first part of the plan would be to provide an overview of the business, including the mission statement and vision of the company’s products and services. Next, explain the value proposition of your company’s products and services and describe how they will satisfy the primary needs or wants of your target audience. You also need to provide a high-level overview of the business model you have selected to exploit these market opportunities. Finally, you will need to develop a feasibility analysis that supports your decision to move forward with the project. Make sure to support your strategy with research from the course textbook and other outside resources.

Part I of the business plan will describe your business vision you plan to undertake in your company.

Write a four to six (4-6) page paper in which you:

1. Provide an overview of the business, including the mission statement and vision of the company’s products and services.

2. Explain the value proposition of your company’s products and services and describe how they will satisfy the primary needs or wants of your target audience.

3. Discuss a high-level overview of the business model you have selected to exploit these market opportunities.

4. Develop a feasibility analysis that supports your decision to move forward with the project. Be sure to support your strategy with research from your textbook and other outside resources.

5. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar websites do not qualify as quality resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

· Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

· Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

· Analyze the entrepreneurial process to determine where a company is in the process and how to implement change successfully.

· Examine entrepreneurial intentions and strategies to support entrepreneurship.

· Examine the creativity and business idea process, and the materialization of domestic and foreign market entry opportunities.

· Analyze the financial planning process for a new venture.

· Analyze the process of protecting the new venture idea and legitimizing it through a formalized business plan.

· Use technology and information resources to research issues in entrepreneurship and innovation.

· Write clearly and concisely about entrepreneurship and innovation using proper writing mechanics.

Discuss the relevance and applicability of the theory and concepts from the readings to your own experiences

The paper should be 1‐2 pages in length. Discuss the concepts and key ideas from the readings that emerged. Discuss the relevance and applicability of the theory and concepts from the readings to your own experiences. Your self‐observations, reactions, and group observations are critical in these papers. Include theory and concepts from prior readings as appropriate. Papers are graded on the depth and quality of your thinking about the issues, the insight expressed in your observations of self and group processes, and the degree to which you are able to integrate theory from the readings with your observations. APA format is required for all academic writings.