ERIC Number: ED347745
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Support Groups for Practicing Special Education Professionals. Professional Action Series.
This guide is intended to assist groups of special educators to plan, design, and implement mutual professional support activities. The first section, on the nature of professional support groups, presents a definition and discussion of activity focus, format, permanence of focus, and structure. The second section looks specifically at the role of the local chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children and explains five steps in initially planning and establishing support activities. In the third section, seven steps to assist the group in structuring, managing, and maintaining themselves are offered. Illustrative activities for each of four focus areas (immediate assistance, professional discussions, joint planning and design, and peer observation and feedback) are suggested in the fourth section. Five appendices include: professional support group activity sheets; lists of model and skill development resources; 14 tips to help special educators deal with stress; lists of collaboration resources; and worksheets for observation and feedback. (Nine references) (DB)
Descriptors: Cooperation, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Helping Relationship, Professional Associations, Professional Development, Program Development, Social Support Groups, Special Education Teachers, Teamwork
Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091-1589 (stock No. R640: $14.30; $10 members).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.