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Collaborative Partnerships: Special Education Teachers and General Education Teachers. Learning Team B Tameka Lucas McFarland, Denise Johnson, Cassandra Brower, and Jennifer Rigby University of Phoenix SPE-506: Special Education Methods MABF04IHT3 FAC: Janice Brown September 10, 2006.

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collaborative partnerships special education teachers and general education teachers

Collaborative Partnerships: Special Education Teachers and General Education Teachers

Learning Team B

Tameka Lucas McFarland, Denise Johnson, Cassandra Brower, and Jennifer Rigby

University of Phoenix

SPE-506: Special Education MethodsMABF04IHT3FAC: Janice BrownSeptember 10, 2006

what is consultation
What is Consultation?
  • The process of seeking information about student progress
  • Providing resources and references to aid in student achievement
what is collaboration
What is Collaboration?
  • Involves at least two people
  • Parents, teachers, counselors, paraprofessionals, related service providers, medical professionals, and advocates
similarities in collaboration and consultation
Similarities in Collaboration and Consultation
  • Both provide students with resources and aid in student success
  • Involve students, parents, special and general educators, paraprofessionals, counselors, and other related service providers
  • Share the responsibility and accountability of the students’ entire educational process
how are they different
How are they Different?
  • Consultations – usually brief and may occur only once
  • Collaborations – extends over a long period of time
communication skills for collaboration
Communication Skills for Collaboration
  • Parity, shared responsibilities, accountability, and mutual goals can not be mandated. They are the resulting evidence of reciprocal relationships.
  • (Mercer & Mercer, 2005)
successful collaborative consultation skills
Successful Collaborative Consultation Skills
  • Create an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect
  • Provide non-evaluative feedback when others are speaking
  • Use jargon-free language
  • Be aware of body language
  • Give and receive feedback willingly without confrontation
  • (Mercer & Mercer, 2005)
advantages to collaboration
Advantages to Collaboration
  • Both can bring knowledge and skills to the team and share materials
  • Special education teacher can provide information to the general educator about implementing modifications and accommodations in the classroom
  • Both can adapt lesson plans and instruction to meet the needs of students with learning problems
  • Build rapport with one another and better understand each other’s roles
disadvantages to collaboration
Disadvantages to Collaboration
  • Difficulties understanding the importance of the group compared to the individual (Brownhill, Adams, Sindelar, Waldron, & Vanhover, 2006)
  • Knowing how to modify and accommodate course curriculum
  • Role confusion
  • Conflicting views on behavioral management (Brownhill, et. al, 2006)
  • Opposing values and opinions of student needs (Brownhill, et. al, 2006)
strategies for effective collaboration
Strategies for Effective Collaboration
  • Develop an overall plan of action
  • Create a Team Charter which includes a plan for conflict resolution
  • Signs of appreciation – thank you cards, treats at the collaboration meetings
references
References
  • Brownhill, M.T., Adams, A., Sindelar, P., Waldron,N., & Vanhover, S. (2006).Learning from the collaboration: The role of teacher qualities. Exceptional Children, 72, 169-185. Retrieved on September 7,2006 from http://web.ebscohost.com
  • Mercer, C.D. & Mercer, A.R. (2005). Teaching students with learning problems (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Merrill Prentice Hall.
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