Collaboration in Special Education

Whitbread, Kathleen M.; Bruder, Mary Beth; Fleming, Gina; Park, Hay Jin
March 2007
Teaching Exceptional Children;Mar/Apr2007, Vol. 39 Issue 4, p6
Academic Journal
The article explains the importance of collaboration in planning for the education of a student with special needs. The authors explain that misunderstanding, miscommunication, and a lack of knowledge and skills hinder the teacher-parent relationship and consequently the child's educational opportunities. The article describes a project designed to support collaboration through training for both parents and professionals. Course modules cover special education law, individual education plans (IEPs), person-centered planning, and family-school partnerships, and the project targeted groups often underrepresented in training and IEP development, such as inner-city families, Hispanic American families, and African American families.


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