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ERIC Number: ED521570
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 44
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
Conversations with Practitioners: Supporting State-Level Collaboration among General and Special Educators
Mohammed, Sarojani S.; Murray, Christy S.; Coleman, Meghan A.; Roberts, Greg; Grim, Catherine N.
Center on Instruction
Many states have identified collaboration between general education and special education departments as crucial to the successful implementation of a Response to Intervention (RTI) framework. Equally, the joint ownership of the RTI framework by all involved contributes to successful implementation. Regional Comprehensive Centers (RCCs) are therefore asked frequently to work with general and special education departments at the state level to help support healthy collaboration. In 2010, the Center on Instruction (COI) convened representatives from Regional Comprehensive Centers, Regional Resource Centers, and state departments of education to investigate what is known about supporting collaboration and how RCCs and states can use that knowledge. Participants discussed seven supports for collaboration and developed seven recommendations for fostering collaboration. This document summarizes that meeting's conversation, including how to determine appropriate depths of partnership, and outlines the recommendations and examples generated. It aims to: (1) increase the depth of RCC and state representatives' knowledge about collaboration (and how it differs from cooperation and coordination); and (2) provide RCCs and states with practical guidance for fostering collaboration at the state level. Appended are: (1) Participants at January 2010 Virtual Meeting; and (2) Handouts. (Contains 1 figure, 1 table and 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: Center on Instruction; University of Houston, Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics