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Partners for Special Needs How Teachers Can Effectively Collaborate with Parents and Other Advocates

By Douglas J. Fiore, Julie Anne Fiore Copyright 2018
    ISBN 9781138714731
    108 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    Published December 5, 2017 by Routledge

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    Learn how to collaborate with parents and special education advocates to ensure student success. This practical book shows you how to navigate the tricky path to meeting special education goals and outcomes. It also provides strategies to help you communicate and partner more effectively with families and specialists.

    Part I of the book offers key information on how special education has evolved over recent decades and what the Individualized Education Plan process entails. Part II features techniques for strengthening communication so you can avoid conflict and create as strong a partnership as possible. You’ll learn the specific roles of advocates and parents, and you’ll gain practical strategies for communicating proactively and managing communication breakdowns. You’ll also uncover how to overcome the challenges of working with people during difficult times.

    The book is filled with tips, examples, and reflection questions to help you implement the ideas immediately. With the essential strategies in this book, you can become the best support system for the child or children you serve!

    About the Authors




    Chapter 1 The Development of Special Education Practices

    The Legal Environment

    Considerations to Ponder

    If It’s Not Legal, Consider It Illegal



    Chapter 2 The Evolution of Instruction

    Foundational Perspective of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)


    Considerations to Ponder

    Reflection Activity Worksheet


    Chapter 3 The Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Process

    The Exceptional Learner

    The Instructional Team: Changing "Me" to "We"

    Gathering Evidence: Who, What, When, and Where

    Discussing the Data: Who and What

    Reviewing the Environment: Where and When

    Analyzing the Problem: Why and How

    The Eight Components of an IEP

    Considerations to Ponder




    Chapter 4 Effective Communication and Meeting Strategies

    The Communication Process

    Nonverbal Communication

    Language Barriers

    Culture Barriers

    Physical Barriers

    Perception Checking

    Communication Strategies for Meetings

    Considerations to Ponder



    Chapter 5 "Rule of Three": Working with Professional Advocates

    Envisioning the 21st-Century Classroom

    Instructional Implications

    Considerations to Ponder

    "Rule of Three"

    Parents: Partners in Language, Communication, and Data Collection

    Advocate: Mediator, Negotiator, and Objective Third Party

    "Rule of Three": Teacher, Parent, and Advocate



    Chapter 6 Advocating as a Parent

    Considerations to Ponder

    Parent–Teacher Partnering Tips

    Advocacy Support

    Know the Lingo



    Chapter 7 How to Keep Parent Relationships Positive

    Rule #1

    Pay Attention to the F Word

    The Importance of Being Proactive

    Parent Involvement at School and at Home

    Considerations to Ponder







    Douglas J. Fiore is the author of eight books for educators, including School-Community Relations and Dealing with Difficult Parents, written with Todd Whitaker. Doug has served as a teacher, a principal, a professor, and a consultant, and he most recently served as a provost and vice president for academic affairs.

    Julie Anne Fiore has been an educator for thirteen years, spending her most recent year as an Inclusion Intervention Specialist for middle school students. A proponent of partnerships, she insists that teachers engage students, parents, guardians, and those they hire in ensuring student success.

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