November 18, 2016
SPE4407 Inclusive Strategies
2016 Term 2
When writing an action plan for students with or without exceptions, collaboration is key. Collaboration is a style of interaction professionals use to accomplish a shared goal mostly to benefit students (Friend). Education today is trying to strive to improve in inclusion. Over the years, there have been an increasing number of students that have exceptions. Some think exceptional students are only the ones with problems learning but exceptional students are students that are not of the norm, they are either above or below the grade level (Heward). Dealing with these students, we must treat them as normal as possible while …show more content…
The one subject that receives the most support is literacy. St. George conducted a study that involved thirteen elementary schools, which seven were Title 1 schools. The study was conducted to find out what challenges in developing collaboration with parents and teachers, how can these challenges be overcome and how did the participation in the study change the thoughts for parent-teacher collaboration? (St. George, 34). St. George found out that main challenge is communication, followed by confusion and insecurity of the roles and responsibilities of their roles in the collaboration. There is also an issue with involvement of the schools within the district. This study may have been limited but the results can be found around the county. Solutions to the challenges is to provide interactive homework assignments which allow the parents to see what the students are doing. In result to the study the participants said they appreciate and have a stronger commitment to collaborate (St. George, 37). This study was great and was held a second time with an increase …show more content…
Each person involved is very important. An action plan must include steps toward a goal, members involved in the action plan and their responsibilities, timeline, resources needed and evaluation of the plan. This plan must be done together through collaboration which does not come together overnight. The teacher must come up with notes and results to support their findings. They must bring up the parents to take the next step. Following the necessary testing, the administration and will get together with both the teachers and parents and come together and talk about the actions needed. It may take a while but the success of students should not be put on the back burner.
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Heward, W. L., & Orlansky, M. D. (1992). Exceptional children: An introductory survey of special education. New York: Merrill.
St. George, C.Y. (2009). How Can Elementary Teachers Collaboration More Effectively