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Allen, Amy E. – Childhood Education, 2013
As an early childhood professional, this author spent the first 17 years of her career as an advocate for children and their families. With an advanced degree in early childhood special education, she learned about the pitfalls and triumphs of special education. After leaving the classroom and entering the world of academia in teacher education,…
Descriptors: Special Education, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Parent School Relationship, Disabilities
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Cheatham, Gregory A.; Jimenez-Silva, Margarita – Childhood Education, 2012
Parent-educator partnerships are an important element of effective early childhood, K-12, and special education programs (Dunst, Trivette, & Snyder, 2000; Tabors, 2008). While early childhood and other classrooms in the United States are increasingly diverse, the teachers in those classrooms are unlikely to be of the same linguistic or cultural…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Immigrants, Kindergarten, Cultural Background
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Duckworth, Susanna V.; Kostell, Patricia H. – Childhood Education, 1999
Describes the "parent panel," an approach to building appropriate communication, resolving conflicts, and creating mutual respect between teachers and parents of children with disabilities. Delineates benefits to parents and teachers, describes how to organize the parent panel, provides content guidelines, and provides an example of a panel…
Descriptors: Children, Disabilities, Elementary Education, Group Discussion
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Gargiulo, Richard M.; Graves, Stephen B. – Childhood Education, 1991
To improve the relationship between educators and parents of handicapped children, educators should try to understand the feelings and attitudes of the parents of a child with a disability. Listed are seven suggestions for teachers to help them work effectively with parents and encourage parent participation in the education of handicapped…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Emotional Response, Empathy, Parent Attitudes