Collaborate, Communicate, and Differentiate!: How to Increase Student Learning in Today's Diverse Schools

Collaborate, Communicate, and Differentiate!: How to Increase Student Learning in Today's Diverse Schools

By: Wendy W. Murawski (author), Sally A. Spencer (author)Paperback

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This helpful guide will provide a detailed, focused treatment of collaboration, presented in a practical and easy-to-access format for K-12 teachers, administrators, staff, parents, and staff developers. The book will be designed as a "Collaboration 101" reference for schools who have no experience with collaboration and inclusive settings and want to begin to set it up. In addition, it will provide sufficient practical differentiation and application strategies that districts who already have implemented inclusive classrooms will want this book as a reference to help improve their current programs. While the goal of this book is not to be so comprehensive that it is daunting to readers, the content will present the most important information in each key area and will do so in a manner that is engaging, informative, and clear. Numerous "copy me" pages will be provided so that districts can use the forms and templates to make increased collaboration an obvious strategy for addressing diverse needs in the inclusive classroom, and real-life case studies will be included to provide context for the concepts.

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About Author

Wendy W. Murawski, PhD, is the Michael D. Eisner Endowed Chair and Executive Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She is a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Special Education, a past president of the Teacher Education Division (TED) for the Council for Exceptional Children, a former Teacher Educator of the Year for the state of California, and the recent recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award for CSUN. She has authored numerous books, chapters, articles, and handbooks in the areas of co-teaching, collaboration, inclusion, differentiation, and teaching. Wendy owns her own educational consulting company (2 TEACH LLC), loves to travel and speak nationally and internationally, and is a frequently requested keynote speaker. Due to her 12-year-old son Kiernan's expertise in dinosaurs and fish, she is also now able to confidently reference Abelisaurus and Goliath Groupers during presentations, when the need arises-you'd be surprised at how often that happens! Sally Spencer, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at California State University, Northridge, where she teaches courses in assessment, special education teaching methods, reading instruction, and collaborative processes. Prior to that, she was a special education teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she experienced the joys and challenges of collaboration as a teacher of self-contained special education classes, as a resource specialist, and as a co-teacher in a fully-inclusive elementary school. In 2001 she was awarded Outstanding Special Educator of the year by the Southern California branch of the Council for Exceptional Children, and her heart is still in the classroom with the hundreds of students who touched her life and taught her everything she knows about special education. Sally is a presenter nationally on the subject of teaching reading to students with mild to moderate disabilities, and is published in the areas of reading instruction, collaboration and inclusion. She lives in Northridge, CA, with her husband, three dogs and six birds.


Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction 1. Understanding the Historical Context 2. Unscrambling the Range of Settings and Services 3. Improving Student Outcomes by Working in Teams 4. Improving Collaboration Through Powerful Communication 5. Proactively Planning and Differentiating Instruction 6. Modifying and Accommodating to Reactively Address Student Needs 7. Improving Student Learning Through Co-Teaching 8. Collaboratively Planning and Assessing 9. Addressing Conflict and Engaging in Problem Solving 10. Creating a Collaborative School Culture References Index Appendices on the Internet ( Appendix I. UDL Lesson Plans Appendix II. Instructional Strategies Appendix III. Examples of Adapted Work Appendix IV. Adaptive Products and Services Appendix V. Student Profile Sheet Appendix VI. Co-Teaching Lesson Plans Appendix VII. What/How/Who Co-Planning Format

Product Details

  • publication date: 09/06/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781412981842
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 184
  • ID: 9781412981842
  • weight: 513
  • ISBN10: 1412981840

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