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1st Edition

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

ISBN 9781315229157
Published November 28, 2017 by Routledge
108 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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!

Table of Contents

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






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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.