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Collaborate, Communicate, and Differentiate!

Collaborate, Communicate, and Differentiate!
How to Increase Student Learning in Today’s Diverse Schools

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June 2011 | 184 pages | Corwin

"An all-in-one book—a lighthearted and well grounded introduction to collaboration, how it can improve education for all children, and its role in effectively educating students with special needs. Murawski and Spencer tell it like it is, and they do so with humor and straight talk."
—Lynne Cook, Professor, School of Education
California State University, Dominguez Hills

"As a kid who struggled in school, this is the book that I wish every one of my teachers had read. It is a stunning achievement and huge step forward to making all schools inclusive of all learners!"
—Johnathan Mooney, Author, The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal

Collaboration 101 for teachers, parents, and school communities

Teachers in both general and special education classrooms are being asked to collaborate to give all students access to the general education curriculum. The challenge is that teachers receive very little training in how to work together to educate students successfully. Do you wonder how to get started, how much time it will take, and what the results will be? Collaborate, Communicate, and Differentiate! addresses those issues and more, taking collaboration out of the abstract and supplying easy-to-use strategies that apply to daily tasks such as

  • Planning and differentiating instruction
  • Communicating with families
  • Using Universal Design for Learning to form instruction
  • Assessing students with diverse backgrounds and abilities
  • Co-teaching
  • Coordinating with all staff members

This reader-friendly text ties each strategy to the goal of improving student outcomes. Included are vignettes, In a Nutshell and Eye on the Research quick-reference guides, reproducible forms, Principal Points to share with administrators, and a companion website. Educators who have wondered how to make collaboration reasonable, feasible, and time-efficient will find the answers in this book!

About the Authors
1. Understanding the Historical Context
2. Unscrambling the Range of Settings and Services
3. Improving Student Outcomes by Working in Teams
4. Improving Collaboration Through Powerful Communication
5. Proactively Planning and Differentiating Instruction
6. Modifying and Accommodating to Reactively Address Student Needs
7. Improving Student Learning Through Co-Teaching
8. Collaboratively Planning and Assessing
9. Addressing Conflict and Engaging in Problem Solving
10. Creating a Collaborative School Culture
Appendices on the Internet (
Appendix I. UDL Lesson Plans

Appendix II. Instructional Strategies

Appendix III. Examples of Adapted Work

Appendix IV. Adaptive Products and Services

Appendix V. Student Profile Sheet

Appendix VI. Co-Teaching Lesson Plans

Appendix VII. What/How/Who Co-Planning Format



Supplemental Resources Website
This website provides additional resources and content related to each chapter, as well as several appendices that include a variety of useful materials to implement the strategies presented in Collaborate, Communicate, and Differentiate!

Good solid book on the topic.

Dr Derrick Smith
Education Dept, University Of Alabama
September 23, 2014

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