Strategies for collaboration.

stakeholders involved in special education.

Classroom management and Student relationship

Establish Relationships

As a teacher, your relationship with a student starts the moment you meet them. No matter how difficult a student may be, you need to embrace the challenge of getting to know him or her. Every child deserves love. Life has enough hard knocks in store for a child who struggles socially, and you may be one of the few people that child believes cares about him or her. This could make a difference in his or her life choices, or at least in his or her decision not to disrupt your class.

Create a Positive Learning Climate

One of the most important things you can do to proactively manage your class is to establish a climate that encourages learning. Teachers need to be aware of students’ intellectual, emotional, physical and social needs and establish rules and procedures to meet them. Students should be recognized as individuals, each of whom has something to offer.

Encourage Helpful Hands

Letting students take part in the classroom helps them feel invested—and it can be a help to you as well! Some experienced teachers use task cards on which students’ names rotate weekly. Strategies such as this provide fair ways to distribute classroom jobs. It can also be helpful to post a sign that tells how to do a job. For instance, if you assign students to straighten and clean a bookshelf, you might place a list of steps to follow on the bookshelf.

Teach Needed Skills

You should teach students the skills needed for success in your classroom. Often, teachers think about teaching content, without realizing how important it is to teach other skills, such as social skills, thinking skills, study skills, test-taking skills, problem-solving skills, memory skills and self-regulation.

Set Up Structure and Procedures

Structure and procedures are vital parts of classroom management. Every part of the day needs to be thought through and brought into alignment with what works best for your teaching style, your students’ personalities, the age group and any special challenges that could cause a distraction.

Organize the Lesson

A lesson that engages all students, moves forward smoothly and allows the teacher to talk to every child can only be accomplished through preparation. You need to design your lesson with classroom management in mind.

Use Effective Discipline

Classroom management can help you avoid most discipline problems. At the beginning of the school year, be sure to explain and post your discipline plan, establishing that no one will be put down, bullied or made fun of in class because it is a “safe zone” where everyone, including the teacher, is allowed to make mistakes and learn from them.

Leaving the ego at the door

The recommendations for forming relationships are essential when cultural differences are present. That is, having empathy, admiring negative behaviors, and leaving one's ego at the door can go a long way toward bridging the gap between culturally or linguistically different (CLD) learners and the teacher.

Community Relationships and School Relationships

It takes a village to raise a child,” that’s why it’s important to have a relationship between the communities and the schools. To uplift and raise our schools as well as our communities because our students and their families are our community and if we respect each other and acknowledge our unique contribution, we can move forward quickly in a positive environment where we can all be teachers and learners. A substantial body of research shows that, for good or ill, a school’s social environment has broad influence on students’ learning and growth, including major aspects of their social, emotional, and ethical development. The social environment is shaped by many factors:

· The school has a core instructional program with qualified teachers, a challenging curriculum, and high standards and expectations for students.

· Students are motivated and engaged in learning both in school and in community settings, during and after school

· The basic physical mental and emotional health needs of young people and their families are recognized and addressed.

· There is mutual respect and effective collaboration between families and school staff.

· Community engagement together with school efforts, promotes a school climate that is safe, supportive, and respectful and that connect students to a broader learner community.

· Early childhood development is fostered through high-quality, comprehensive programs that nurture learning and development.

Family and community involvements foster partnerships among schools, family and community groups, and individuals. These partnerships result in sharing and maximizing resources. And they help children and youth develop healthy behaviors and promote healthy families.

Research shows that students whose parents are involved in their education are more likely to:

•Adapt well to school

•Attend school more regularly

•Complete homework more consistently

•Earn higher grades and test scores

•Graduate and go on to college

•Have better social skills

•Show improved behavior

•Have better relationships with their parents

•Have higher self-esteem

Additionally, linking community activities to the classroom

•Improves school-related behaviors

•Positively impacts academic achievement

Reduces school suspension rates

Some of the best practices to use when dealing with community and school collaborations is using Community Schools and Workforce Development: Building Connections to Support Youth and Adult Work Readiness and Using Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Funding to Support Community School Efforts. These Federation Publications with help the students, parents, schools, and the community to work together to be successful.

family relationships

Involving parents in education put a shared responsibility between the school system and the parents. Keeping in contact allows both parties to collaborate and come up with educational plans and goals to have student success. Involving Area Education Agencies can be an added extra support since these individuals are educated in special education supports.

  • Parent training-Training for parent about the special education process including Individual Education Plan (IEP), how to parent a special need child (specialized to individual child's need).
  • Parent support- Support in teaching parent to be involved at home with at home school work such as reading or work sent home to do.
  • Parent volunteering- Parent can volunteer in classroom or other school events.
  • Build a healthy relationship between school teacher, administration and family.
  • Offer at school event including families visiting with other families and staff.
  • Parent and school collaboration with area education agencies for advice and academic recommendations.
  • Collaborative intervention efforts can maximize opportunities for students to learn.
  • Using parent and educator perspectives leads to a better understanding of and solutions for learning and behavior difficulties.

When family become involved with student's education it promotes support for students including the following:

•Increased attendance.

• Positive attitude toward schoolwork.

• Positive behavior.

• Work completion.

• Increased participation in classroom activities.

•Improved grades and test scores.

The following are organizations and agencies that support student achievement and interventions that include parent and school collaboration:

Arizona Education Association- AEA takes the lead in advocating for support of Arizona's public schools, improving the quality of public education through positive change, and improving the professional lives of teachers and school staff members.

Iowa Area Education Agencies- Iowa's AEAs work as partners with public and accredited, non-public schools to help students, school staff, parents and communities meet educational challenges.

The help group- he Help Group is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit of its kind in the United States serving children, adolescents and young adults with special needs related to autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse and emotional challenges.

The Help Group is widely regarded for its high standards of excellence, unique scope and breadth of services. Through its public awareness, professional training and parent education programs and efforts at the state and national levels, The Help Group touches the lives of young people with special needs across the country and in other parts of the world.