ERIC Number: ED352847
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Collaboration in Schools Serving Students with Limited English Proficiency and Other Special Needs. ERIC Digest.
Fradd, Sandra H.
The development of collaboration at the school level to meet the needs of students with limited English proficiency and other special needs is discussed in this digest. The following topics are covered: barriers to collaboration (e.g., funding, turf issues); changing perceptions of collaboration; ways to promote collaboration, especially the need for administrative support; collaboration among teachers (e.g., initiating formal collaboration across disciplines, the special expertise of bilingual, English-as-a-Second-Language, and special education teachers); cooperative planning (e.g., establishing meeting times and rapport, targeting students, determining discrepancies between student skills and teacher expectations); and collaboration with parents (e.g., the use of cultural events and activities, trained interpreters and translators, handbooks and written forms in the languages of the families represented in the school). It is concluded that in an era of decreasing resources and rapidly increasing student diversity, collaboration is an essential strategy for enhancing resource utilization and program cost effectiveness. Collaboration can also provide the means to meet the educational needs of many students in mainstream and special education settings. (Contains 13 references.) (LB)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.; Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.