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Melissa and Jen  Self-Guided Tutorial: 
This interactive presentation allows
teachers and administrators to gain
awareness about our co-teaching
and collaboration framework. 
It may take a few minutes to pre-load. 

Click here to get started with PART ONE.

Click here for PART TWO.

Click here for PART THREE.

The expectations for professionals who work in schools have changed dramatically over the past several years. Most educators enter the field because of their commitment to work with students, but they will not be successful unless they (a) understand the many service delivery options through which students with and without disabilities are now served, (b) refine their skills for interacting with diverse professionals and parents, and (c) understand how to utilize the varied personnel and community resources to work for the benefit of all students. For example, students may receive services through consultant teacher programs or co-teaching. Likewise, educators routinely participate in team meetings and collaborative problem solving in which their ability to effectively communicate is critical.

Our Work

Our work with collaboration focuses on helping districts, schools, or individual administrators, teachers, or para-educators explore several of the many service delivery options currently available in education and to assist professionals to build their collaborative skills. Those we work with will be able to relate issues of collaborative work to larger issues that currently exist in education, and refine selected skills for effective communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, and working together with school colleagues. Our work may be through Indiana University courses, district or school-wide in-services or other support mechanisms that we design in conjunction with the school.

Here's some feedback from a few summer camp participants:

"Great information for teaming but also for areas such as listening, conflict, learning styles, etc., and COLLABORATION!"

"I learned much about collaboration as a style and it can be implemented with teachers, administrators, parents, and students."

"I enjoyed the workshop, even though I was out of my comfort zone a lot of the time. It was a growing time for me. You all did a wonderful job. Thank you!"

"I appreciate the staff modeling skills and techniques that we are trying to develop ourselves. The sequence of material introduced was helpful. The ladies are outstanding in personal relationships."

Co-Teachers Planning


Redesigning Special Education Services for All Students: "This document is intended to generate discussion and promote consensus-building among practitioners, parents, communities, and decision-makers around how best to meet the needs of ALL Hoosier school students." See pages 19 and 20 for thoughts specifically related to collaboration.

Collaboration Powerpoint: A brief overview and introduction to the characteristics of Collaboration

Interpersonal Communication Powerpoint: A brief overview and introduction to the characteristics of effective interpersonal communication

Group Norms Powerpoint: Three slides to help groups generate group norms

Collaborative Goal Setting Template: An easy-to-use tool to help collaborative groups move forward in learning and working together


National Staff Development Council, Collaboration Skills: This page describes the NSDC's collaboration skills standard and its rationale and provides an annotated bibliography.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition Institute on Community Integration, Parent and Professional Collaboration: According to the NSDC website, "This topic explores how teachers, families, and schools can collaborate to help families become and stay involved in helping their children to succeed in school and make the transition to jobs or postsecondary education."