Organization and Collaboration in Special Education

Course Number: EDU 5515 C38
Instructor: Dawn Campbell
Location: Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union
Dates and Times: August 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 from 8 am to 5 pm and one fall date September 14 from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Credits: 3 credits
Tuition: $1,000

Note: Please register online. Make course tuition, via check or purchase order, payable to the SVSU and send to Lisa Poplaski, SVSU, 246 S Stream Rd, Woodford, VT 05201. NOTE: Registration deadline for this course is June 30, 2017.

Course Description

This 3 credit course explores the organizational structure of schools and elements of collaboration between special and general education to support students in general education classrooms. Students will develop an understanding of the historical, legal and social foundations of serving students with disabilities and the impact on schools. Topics focus on the interrelation between and among school-based professionals with attention to various models of problems-solving and systems change to support effective collaboration at all levels in the school organization, including family strengthening partnerships.

Course Objectives

1. Identify the principles of the IDEA and how it manifests in various levels of schooling.
2. Develop a comprehensive understanding of Vermont special education laws and regulations and how these affect school policies and procedures.
3. Assess the effectiveness of collaboration within schools and recommend a plan for improvement based on best practice research.
4. Identify the effectiveness of differentiated instruction and UDL within a school setting.
5. Discuss collaboration in special education between all stake holders such as professionals, paraprofessional, administration, families and community members
6. Develop facilitation skills that foster open communication, conflict resolution, and problem solving amongst professionals and families.
7. Identify various forms of consultative support and the steps and skills necessary for the successful inclusion of students with disabilities within general education environments and curriculum.
8. Determine effective ways to collaboratively collect data regarding student progress within the general education curriculum and environment or within more restrictive settings.
9. Develop ways to collaborate with families from diverse backgrounds.
10. Design and engage in a collaborative reflection/evaluation process to assess team functioning.
11. Examine the political and ethical dilemmas that accompany inclusive teaching and collaboration in education.

Required Texts

Required texts are not included in course tuition.

Interactions Collaboration Skills for School Professionals, Friend,M.; Cook, L. 2013.

For additional course information

Dawn Campbell

For additional registration information

Lisa Poplaski
(802) 753-5820

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