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SPE-491-21/SPE-576-50, Top: Comm Skills/School Base Prof (SP13)

INSTRUCTOR: Careen R. Mayer, crmayer@verizon.net

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: SEM/Tuesday/5:00 – 7:45 p.m./01/29/2013-04/09/2013          

ABSENCES:  2 point reduction plus make-up assignment for missing any class.

CONTENT: This course, taught in either the Education or Psychology Department, would include the essentials of a human relations skills course and address issues related to effective, collaborative team coordination in various programs providing services to school age children. Teaming for academic and social/emotional concerns, effective preventative interventions, resolving conflict, utilization of school and community resources and effective communication with parents or primary caretakers and support or monitoring agencies will be included.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

  • Examine the theoretical basis of conflict resolution strategies.  
  • Explore personal conflict styles and anger management.   
  • Practice communication and conflict resolution skills.    
  • Participate in self-reflective exercises dealing with conflict and teaming.   
  • Develop and demonstrate interactive teaming skills. 
  • Explore cultural and linguistic considerations for diverse teams. 
  • Examine strategies for meeting the educational needs of students with disabilities.

METHODS:

Material will be presented through lectures, cooperative learning, role-plays, student presentations, self-reflection, research projects, and videos.

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:

Describe a conflict within your school, team, class, or family in which you were closely involved:

  • Detail the conflict and the events preceding it.
  • Analyze and identify the conflict modes using the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument.
  • Identify myths regarding conflict that played a role in the process.
  • Describe the resolution.

Conduct an interview with a parent or guardian of a child with a disability who is culturally different from you.

Using APA format, prepare a 10-12-page paper, called a Communication Plan, on a special education topic of importance or interest to you.

  • Research the topic using the text, journal articles, periodicals, or books.
  • Interview an expert.
  • Relate you own experiences.
  • Create handouts, a brochure, poster, chart or PowerPoint presentation.
  • Develop a strategy for implementing your Communication Plan, and a time line.

Working collaboratively on a team, develop a presentation for the class on a topic involving special education. Participate in the presentation.

TEXT:

Interactive Teaming: Enhancing Programs for Students with Special Needs, 4th Edition. Carol Thomas, Vivian Correa & Catherine Morsink. ISBN 0-13-112592-3.

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

Attendance and participation (30%)

Assignments (60%)