SPE-491-21/SPE-576-50, Top: Comm Skills/School Base Prof (SP13)
INSTRUCTOR: Careen R. Mayer, email@example.com
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.
- 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.
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.
Interactive Teaming: Enhancing Programs for Students with Special Needs, 4th Edition. Carol Thomas, Vivian Correa & Catherine Morsink. ISBN 0-13-112592-3.
Attendance and participation (30%)