Special Educator's Guide to Collaboration Improving Relationships with Co-Teachers, Teams, and Families

ISBN-10: 1412914914
ISBN-13: 9781412914918
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
Author(s): Sharon F. Cramer
Description: Through the integration of practical exercises with relevant research, this book guides pre-service and in-service teachers through the collaborative process: from designing and implementing a plan for collaboration to assessing and revising it for  More...
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Edition: 2nd
Copyright Year: 2006
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication Date: 4/5/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Through the integration of practical exercises with relevant research, this book guides pre-service and in-service teachers through the collaborative process: from designing and implementing a plan for collaboration to assessing and revising it for optimal effectiveness.

Stephen Littlejohn (Ph.D., University of Utah), is a conflict management consultant, mediator, facilitator, and trainer.nbsp; He is consultant for the Public Dialogue Consortium and a partner in Domenici Littlejohn, Inc.nbsp;nbsp; Stephen is co-author of Moral Conflict:nbsp; When Social Worlds Collide (Sage, 1997) and has written numerous other books and articles on communication and conflict.nbsp; He was a professor of communication at Humboldt State University in California and is currently Adjunct Professor of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico.nbsp; He has done research on mediation and conflict management for 19 years and has been an active mediator for eight.nbsp; Stephen has been a consultant for such clients as the Waco Youth Summit, the Alliance for Constructive Communication, the City of Cupertino, Columbia Basin College, and Washington State University.nbsp;Sharon F. Cramer is a distinguished service professor at Buffalo State College, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1985. Her leadership roles include serving as executive director of the SABRE Project (implementation of the Oracle Student Information System) (1999-2004), chairing the Exceptional Education Department (1995-1999), and leadership roles in state and national professional organizations (e.g., president of the Northeastern Educational Research Association, NY Federation of Chapters of the Council for Exceptional Children, publication chair of the Division on Developmental Disabilities).She earned her PhD at New York University in 1984 in human relations and social policy, her master of arts in teaching (MAT) from Harvard University in 1972, and her bachelors of arts degree fromnbsp;Tufts University in 1971. She participated in the Management and Leadership Education (MLE) program at Harvard University in 2001.

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Why Can't We Just Be Friends?
Becoming Proactive: Improving the School Climate Through Collaboration
Overview of the Collaboration Project
Principals of Collaboration
Distinguishing Between Collaboration, Consultation, and Teaming
Conclusion
Background: Making the Case for Collaboration
Legislative Mileposts
Collaboration: Relevant Trends and Events
Conclusion
Ingredients for Successful Collaboration: Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Characteristics
Intrapersonal Foundation for Collaboration
Interpersonal Foundation for Collaboration
Problem Solving: Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Skills
Bringing It All Together
Evaluating Your Situation Honestly: Appraising Your School as a Context for Collaboration
Assessing Resources Available to Collaborators
Factors Promoting Collaboration
Applications to Use in Your School Setting
Communitywide Collaboration Experiments
Developing an Effective Collaboration Strategy: Half Empty or Half Full?
Collaboration Component Checklists
Compatibility Checklist
Success Checklist
Conclusion
Designing a Plan for Change Starting With You
Guidelines for the Collaboration Project
Designing a Self-Referential Plan for Collaboration
Overview of Pragmatic Goals
Development of Pragmatic Goals and Objectives
Incorporating Expertise: Marshaling Resources
What Now? What Works and What Doesn't When Collaborating
Effective Communication Strategies: Something for Everyone
Accomplishing Pragmatic Goals and Associated Evaluation Methods
Making Use of Your Collaboration Resource Network
Conclusion
Evaluating the Success of Your Plan: How Can You Tell?
Objective Measures of Change
Subjective Measures of Change
Conclusion
Self-Encouragement: Keeping Yourself Going
Self-Talk: The Cornerstone for Self-Encouragement or Self-Discouragement
Looking for the Positives: Positive Reinforcement for Yourself
Sample Projects Incorporating Reinforcement
Teaching Yourself to Look: Observing Yourself
Conclusion
Summing Up the Outcomes: What Have You Accomplished?
Assessing Success: How Did Your Plan Work Out?
Communication Habits
Problem-Solving Habits
Cooperative Work Efforts
Conclusion
Generalizing Your Plan to Others: Improved Collaboration With Parents and Family Members of Your Students
Key 1: Understanding Family Diversity
Key 2: Developing Practical Communication Habits
Key 3: Build on What You've Already Learned
Conclusion
Generalizing Your Plan to Others: Improved Collaboration With Members of Your Interdisciplinary Team
The Life Cycle of Your Interdisciplinary Team
Additional Use of Teams
Conclusion
References
Index

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