Practical Perspective: Staff Collaboration


I hope this blog finds your February school days going well. We’ve come to the final quality indicator: staff collaboration. When staff actively work together as a team, student achievement is increased!

    1. Teaching Environment
    2. Student Behavior Management
    3. Instruction
    4. Instructional Support
    5. Staff Collaboration

When administrators energetically address quality classroom indicators they create highly defensible services:

  1. General Education & Special Education – Co-teaching and consultation are examples of arrangements that facilitate collaboration. Co-teachers teach together and share responsibility for the instruction of the students in their class. The consultative model enables both general education and special education professionals to meet for problem-solving purposes. Through collaboration, teachers expand and provide more effective services for all students. Many curricula support general and special education collaboration.
  2. Special Education & Students – Special education teachers cooperate with or manage a variety of staff. The most effective special education classrooms create an environment for staff to collaborate. Teachers and paraprofessionals have the most time with students in the school day. When their time is structured collaboratively with the consistent use of evidenced-based practices, the result is a positive impact on student achievement. Check out these easy to learn and user-friendly evidence based practices!
  3. Special Education & Parents – When parents are involved in their children’s education and teachers partner with them, student achievement increases. Caitlin Edwards and Alexandra Da Fonte developed the 5-Point Plan for fostering a successful partnership with families of students with disabilities.
    1. Find “The 5-Point Plan Fostering Successful Partnerships with Families of Students with Disabilities” by Caitlin Edwards and Alexandra Da Fonte in Teaching Exceptional Children, (Vol. 44, #3).


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