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SPE-491-20, Top: Comm Skills for Spec Educ (SU14)

 INSTRUCTOR: Angela L. Snyder, PhD

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Special/Tuesday and Thursday/6 – 9 pm, May 27 – June 24, 2014

CONTENT:

Using the framework of interactive teaming, the course will explore communication skills necessary to be an effective school professional.  The course will include essentials of teamwork, group dynamics, parent/teacher communication, conflict resolution, and multidisciplinary team strategies.  Effective strategies for collaborative teaching will also be explored.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1. Understand models and strategies of consultation and collaboration.  (CEC 1)

2. Use group problem solving skills to develop, implement, and evaluate collaborative activities and effective teaming skills.  (CEC 6)

3. Foster respectful and beneficial relationships between families and professionals.  (CEC 2, 10)

4. Communicate effectively with families of children with disabilities from diverse backgrounds.  (CEC 2, 6, 10)

5. Explore and understand group dynamics and meeting facilitation skills.  (CEC 6)

6. Explore the roles of individuals with exceptional learning needs, their families, and school and community personnel in the planning of an individualized program.  (CEC 1, 6, 10)

7. Understand the culturally responsive factors that promote effective communication and collaboration with individuals having exceptional learning needs, families, school personnel and community members.  (CEC 3, 10)

8. Conduct an interview with the parent/guardian of a child with a disability, or observe conferences/meetings in general or special education, and interview members.  (CEC 8, 9)

9. Administer, analyze and interpret surveys on climate and team productivity of general and special education groups, or on parental needs.  (CEC 8, 9)

10. To use performance data and information from all stakeholders to make or suggest modifications in the learning environment.  (CEC 5, INTASC 1, 5, 7, 8, EDO 3)

11. To establish and maintain rapport with individuals with and without exceptional learning needs.  (CEC 5, INTASC 3, 5, EDO 4, 5)

METHODS:

-Class meetings will consist of content presented via lecture, student presentation, or discussion; and activities, such as “hands-on” activities, group discussions, and assignments. Attendance at all class meetings is expected.

-Students are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop to class, if possible, especially for the time you will have to work in groups for projects. 

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

Class Participation and Attendance (Warm up activity) - 5%

Parent Teacher Communication Tool - 25%

Team PowerPoint “We Are Marshall” - 30%

Interview with a Parent - 40%

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

-Friend, M., and Cook, L. (2010).  Interactions:  Collaboration skills for school professionals, 6/E.  Saddle River NJ:  Merrill Prentice Hall.  ISBN – 10:  0137152051, ISBN – 13:  9780137152056

-This textbook is also available as an eBook, http://www.coursesmart.com/9780137152087?__professorview=false

RECOMMENDED READINGS OR MATERIALS: 

All posted on Joule

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

Chapters 1 and 2

Supplemental Reading posted on Joule: Primer on “How to win friends and influence people”