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Collaborate, Communicate, and Differentiate!

How to Increase Student Learning in Today’s Diverse Schools

This book takes collaboration out of the abstract and applies it to daily tasks of differentiating instruction, implementing technology, student assessment, and communicating with families.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412981842
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2011
  • Page Count: 184
  • Publication date: October 18, 2012

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"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!

Key features

This friendly book includes recurring features in each chapter, including:
  • "Voice from the Field" so that readers right away can connect with the chapter content
  • "The Big Picture" so readers know what to expect in that chapter
  • "In Practice" vignettes showing collaboration with a focus on its impact on student learning 
  • Numerous reproducibles, handouts, and forms that teachers can copy and use immediately
  • "Diving Deeper:" An annotated bibliography/references of current literature on collaboration, differentiation, universal design, etc so that those interested in studying further can go to primary sources
  • Numerous side bars with additional information, such as:
    • New concepts highlighted and defined throughout each chapter for easy reference ("Key Terms" & "Key Concepts")
    • "Frame of Reference" graphics to identify for readers areas in which differing frames of reference may cause conflict or difficulty with collaboration
    • Pull-out boxes indicating how to find additional information ("Want more info?")
    • Pull-out boxes providing additional information on specific areas/disabilities ("Learn More")
    • Sections designed to be shared with administrators and their role in inspiring and supporting collaboration (called "Principal Points")


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Wendy W. Murawski

Wendy W. Murawski, Ph.D., MBA, MEd, EdS, is the Executive Director and Eisner Endowed Chair for the Center for Teaching and Learning at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where she is also a Full Professor in the Department of Special Education and the Director of SIMPACT Immersive Learning. Dr. Murawski is the national Past President of the Teacher Education Division (TED) of CEC and an internationally known speaker and author, presenting in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America. Her research focuses on co-teaching and inclusive practices nationally and internationally. She has published extensively around inclusive education, co-teaching, collaboration, and Universal Design for Learning, to include 18 books and numerous chapters, blogs, and peer-reviewed articles. She is the CEO of 2TeachÒ Global (www.2TeachLLC.com), an educational consulting company dedicated to promoting inclusive education around the world. In her personal life, Wendy enjoys traveling with her husband, learning languages, reading, drinking merlot, seeing movies, going to Book Club, visiting her college-bound son Kiernan, and pretending she is going to work out.

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Sally A. Spencer

Sally Spencer, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at California State University, Northridge, where she teaches courses in assessment, special education teaching methods, reading instruction, and collaborative processes. Prior to that, she was a special education teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she experienced the joys and challenges of collaboration as a teacher of self-contained special education classes, as a resource specialist, and as a co-teacher in a fully-inclusive elementary school. In 2001 she was awarded Outstanding Special Educator of the year by the Southern California branch of the Council for Exceptional Children, and her heart is still in the classroom with the hundreds of students who touched her life and taught her everything she knows about special education. Sally is a presenter nationally on the subject of teaching reading to students with mild to moderate disabilities, and is published in the areas of reading instruction, collaboration and inclusion. She lives in Northridge, CA, with her husband, three dogs and six birds.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


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 (http://www.corwin.com/diverseschools)

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



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