collaboration in special education
Complete a 750-1,000-word action plan and supporting rationale based on the following scenario:
John is a Hispanic student who has been identified as having an emotional/behavioral disorder, specifically OCD. During his annual IEP meeting, the team reviewed recent test scores and determined he qualifies for the gifted program in the area of ELA only. He will continue to participate in the inclusion classroom for the remainder of his courses. He is very successful in all of his inclusion classes. The gifted teacher was not able to be present during the IEP meeting. She has never worked with a student who has an IEP before. John is the only Hispanic student in the gifted class, which tends to make him uncomfortable. He says the teacher does not include him in the classroom conversations and speaks abruptly to him, but not to the other students.
After one month of John being in the gifted class, the gifted teacher has requested that a paraprofessional be present to support John. The IEP team determined that this was not necessary. John should be able to be successful in the gifted classroom without a paraprofessional. The principal did a walk through observation of the gifted classroom and he noticed that John was isolated in a corner and the teacher did not interact with him. In addition, the principal received a phone call from John’s parents stating the gifted teacher told John, “You do not belong in this class!” John no longer wants to be in the class because he does not feel welcome.
The principal has come to you, the special education teacher, for assistance with the situation. To assist the principal, create an action plan. The action plan should address and sequence the following considerations:
Collaborating with the student to generate ideas for assignments
Evaluating and following up on recommendations
Describe teambuilding strategies and activities for class
Providing collaborative coaching to the classroom teacher
Addressing communication with the parents
Reporting back to the principal
Incorporating communication from the other general education teachers about what is working
Support your action plan with a 500-750-word rationale that incorporates researched best practices on collaboration and communication.
Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.
20.0 % Action Plan – Individual and Team Activities and Strategies (InTASC 2(a), 7(a); CEC 5.1) COE: D5 C5.1
Individual and team activities and strategies are incomprehensible or wholly inappropriate for the student.
Individual and team activities and strategies inadequately consider the student’s individual needs. Activities are overly simplistic and are not clearly designed for the needs of the specific student.
Individual and team activities and strategies include basic consideration of the student’s individual needs. Activities are simply designed with school personnel and the student in mind.
Individual and team activities and strategies clearly and thoroughly consider the student’s abilities, interests, and cultural and linguistic background. Activities are well crafted and designed with the learning environment, school personnel, and the student in mind.
20.0 % Action Plan – Collaboration Techniques (InTASC 9(b),10(b) (c); CEC 7.2, 7.3) COE: D7 C7.3
Action plan collaboration techniques are incomprehensible or not related.
Action plan inadequately considers the student’s individual needs. Collaboration techniques are overly simplistic and not clearly designed.
Action plan includes basic collaborative plans and describes coaching techniques required to address the needs of the student with exceptionalities, with some detail.
Action plan clearly and thoroughly sequences collaborative plans, describing coaching techniques required to promote the well-being of students with exceptionalities. Offers group problem-solving skills that develop, implement, and evaluate collaborative activities.
20.0 % Action Plan – Communication Techniques (InTASC 10(b) 10(d); CEC 6.3) COE: D6 C6.3
Action plan communication techniques are not related to the assignment.
Action plan inadequately considers the student’s individual needs. Communication techniques are overly simplistic and not clearly designed.
Action plan includes basic communication techniques in regards to address diverse needs in communicating with parents, administration, and general education teachers.
Action plan clearly and thoroughly describes plan for effective communication techniques to address diverse needs in regards to communicating with parents, administration, and general education teachers.
30.0 % Rationale (InTASC 9(b); CEC 7.1) COE: D7 C7.1
Rationale fails to justify the action plan through research-based best practices on collaborations and communications.
Rationale does not demonstrate an adequate justification of the action plan through research-based best practices on collaborations and/or communications.
Rationale demonstrates an adequate justification of the action plan through research-based best practices on collaborations and communications.
Rationale thoroughly justifies the action plan through research-based best practices on collaborations and communications.
10.0 % Research and Mechanics
Action plan and rationale are incoherent. Research citations are not included or do not follow APA guidelines.
Action plan and rationale contain mechanical and/or conventional errors that affect meaning and clarity. Research citations have several errors.
Action plan and rationale have some mechanical and conventional errors that do not significantly affect meaning or clarity. Research is cited according to APA guidelines with only a few errors.
Action plan and rationale are free of mechanical and conventional errors. Research is correctly cited according to APA guidelines