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A Guide to Collaboration for IEP Teams - Nicholas R.M. Martin

A Guide to Collaboration for IEP Teams


Published: 12th November 2004
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With so many complex, challenging, and emotionally charged decisions involved, participating in an IEP meeting can seem like navigating through a minefield. But now there's a practical guide to managing these meetings with a high level of awareness, safety, and confidence. Developed for administrators, teachers, resource professionals, and parents, this skills-based book will help you work as a unified team to design, review, and modify IEPs for children with special education needs. This resource fully addresses

  • Effective meeting management. Discover how to promote and maintain the collaboration that leads to consensus. Highlight the characteristics of model IEP teams and meetings. Have a comprehensive guide to conducting successful meetings, from setting ground rules and managing time to planning agendas and accomplishing goals.
  • Principled negotiation. Apply a proven approach to building consensus while minimizing conflict. Learn how to use team members' underlying interests to move from competition into cooperation, while maintaining a strong and positive team spirit.
  • The emotional side. Examine the central role of feelings as motivators of behavior. Learn how to turn strong emotions into powerful allies, and discover the simple keys that help team members communicate with respect and understanding, work through anger, and maintain diplomacy.
  • Conflict prevention. Discover 25 clear, specific, and practical alternatives for resolving conflict before it escalates into debilitating tensions or legal action.

Written in a user-friendly and conversational style, this much-needed book is supplemented with checklists, outlines, diagrams, and specific examples to make the complex simple. Incorporating the feedback and suggestions of hundreds of special education professionals, this book will be of invaluable help to you and your fellow team members as you work together to create the best possible IEPs for the children in your care.

"[Nick Martin's] ideas work. He gets staff thinking about what makes a successful [IEP] meeting. I recommend the book for anyone wanting to strengthen the quality of the meeting and the outcomes."--Chuck Noe, M.A."Former President, Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education" (01/01/2012)
"A practical, child-focused guide to collaborative solution-building. . . . With great sensitivity, [Martin] enables readers to take a variety of seats around the negotiating table and view the collaborative process through the perspectives of parents, teachers, and administrators."--Kate Scorgie, Ph.D."Azusa Pacific University" (01/01/2012)
"[Nick Martin's] ideas work.AHe gets staff thinking about what makes a successful [IEP] meeting. I recommend the book for anyone wanting to strengthen the quality of the meeting and the outcomes." --Chuck Noe, M.A."

About the Authorp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Effective Meeting Management
A Vision of the IEP Teamp. 3
Conducting the IEP Meetingp. 17
Achieving Collaboration and Consensusp. 43
Conflict Resolution and Prevention
Timelines and Behavior Trainsp. 79
Diplomacy and Support of Feelingsp. 105
The Search for Serenityp. 133
The Courage to Make Changesp. 147
The Wisdom to Knowp. 173
Where We Go from Herep. 197
The Graduate Coursep. 209
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9781557667908
ISBN-10: 155766790X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 12th November 2004
Publisher: Brookes Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39