The Special Educator's Guide to Collaboration: Improving Relationships With Co-Teachers, Teams, and Families / Edition 2

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Find case stories from up-to-date research, reflection activities, structured research and interview activities for developing collaboration skills.
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Editorial Reviews

Spencer J. Salend
"The valuable information and numerous strategies and resources make this a must have book for all teachers striving for effective collaborative relationships with others."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412914918
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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 fromTufts University in 1971. She participated in the Management and Leadership Education (MLE) program at Harvard University in 2001.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
About the Author
1. 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
2. Background: Making the Case for Collaboration
Legislative Mileposts
Collaboration: Relevant Trends and Events
3. 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
4. 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
5. Developing an Effective Collaboration Strategy: Half Empty or Half Full?
Collaboration Component Checklists
Compatibility Checklist
Success Checklist
6. 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
7. 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
8. Evaluating the Success of Your Plan: How Can You Tell?
Objective Measures of Change
Subjective Measures of Change
9. 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
10. Summing Up the Outcomes: What Have You Accomplished?
Assessing Success: How Did Your Plan Work Out?
Communication Habits
Problem-Solving Habits
Cooperative Work Efforts
11. 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
12. Generalizing Your Plan to Others: Improved Collaboration With Members of Your Interdisciplinary Team
The Life Cycle of Your Interdisciplinary Team
Additional Use of Teams
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