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ERIC Number: EJ896600
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
Family Assessment Portfolios: A New Way to Jumpstart Family/School Collaboration
Thompson, James R.; Meadan, Hedda; Fansler, Kenneth W.; Alber, Sarah B.; Balogh, Patricia A.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v39 n6 p19-25 Jul-Aug 2007
Many parents and educators have questions before individualized education program (IEP) meetings. However, barriers to effective family/school partnership continue to exist, despite widespread consensus regarding the merits of a family-centered approach to providing services and supports, decades of research documenting positive outcomes from family participation in a child's schooling, and federal special education legislation that strongly encourages parental involvement in educational planning. There is a wealth of information available regarding professional practices that can promote positive working relationships with families. A new tool, Family Assessment Portfolios (FAPs), can help promote good home/school collaboration. Although FAPs are not a panacea for all of the challenges associated with home/school communication and collaboration, they can be used to: (a) empower families by involving them in the assessment process; (b) enhance opportunities for families to communicate the information they most want schools to know; (c) familiarize future educators with students (e.g., likes, dislikes, strengths, needs, and communication skills); and (d) increase the likelihood that special education services and interventions will truly address a child's most important needs. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Language: English
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