Understanding and Achieving Collaboration in Special Education*


This issue of NASET’s Practical Teacherwas written by Hana Z. Alamri. Collaboration is one of the best ways to ensure that a student will receive the greatest value from his or her education. This is true for general education students and also for special education students who are often diagnosed through collaboration. In order to be certain that effective collaboration is taking place, it is important that everyone involved (parents, educators, administrators and students) understand the importance of collaboration and how to carry it out. In conducting interviews of a variety of people involved in education, the responses reveal that most people understand how important collaboration is, but many differ about certain views on the limitations or details of the best ways to collaborate. This means that we must work hard to spread knowledge about the best collaboration methods so that everyone can be on the same page to reach the same goal.

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