ERIC Number: ED392218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
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WE CARE: Mentoring-the-Mentor for Effective Family/Professional Collaboration and Team Building.
This guide for building family/school/community partnerships uses a model in which family members and professionals are seen as mutual mentors in partnerships built on mutual caring, trust, and respect in the effort to work collaboratively toward self-sufficiency for children with disabilities. Basic ground rules for successful team relationships are listed, with practical tips for implementation. The rules include: get to know all members/potential members of the team; plan "huddles" (school meetings) at least 6 weeks in advance; prepare a written input statement including the team member's perspective regarding the child; tape record the meeting; engage in active listening; use clear, simple, and direct language; ask questions to clarify confusing/conflicting information; gain the perspective of others; engage in creative problem-solving; and recognize the validity of the child/family members' opinions. The interchangeable roles of coach, cheerleader, and referee on the team are distinguished. Special functions of the team captain or co-captains (who should be an older child or a family member) include minimizing surprises, emphasizing the child's strengths and capabilities, and engaging in action planning. (DB)
Descriptors: Educational Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Meetings, Mentors, Models, Partnerships in Education, Special Needs Students, Teamwork
Outreach Training Coordinator, Institute on Disability and Human Development (UAP), University of Illinois, 1640 W. Roosevelt Rd. (M/C 626), Chicago, IL 60608 (free with self-addressed stamped envelope).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Community
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