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Cultivating partnership with parents through the dance of communication The authors draw upon the themes of dance and partnership and their years of experience as successful consultants, trainers, and parents to accomplish the journey to partnership between teachers and caregivers. They outline a developmental approach to helping teachers of children with special needs improve their working relationship with parents. The authors' collective years of experience provide a deep sense of realism and compassion to this resource. Key features include: - Practical insights and field-tested solutions Easy-to-read, non-technical language Sample letters from educators to parents Stories and examples of positive communication
Table of Contents
|About the Authors||p. xxii|
|The Dance Toward Partnership: Using the Dance Metaphor to Understand Parent-Professional Partnerships||p. 5|
|How the Dance Begins||p. 7|
|Phases of the Partnership Dance||p. 11|
|More Resources||p. 35|
|Listening to the Hidden Lyrics: Tuning in to Your Partner||p. 37|
|The Story of Sam||p. 38|
|The Story of Rachel||p. 64|
|More Resources||p. 93|
|The Dance Manual: Essential Steps to Keep on Dancing||p. 94|
|For Parents: Essential Steps||p. 95|
|For Professionals: Essential Steps||p. 100|
|More Resources||p. 111|
|When the Dance Is Complicated||p. 112|
|A Complicated Dance: When Parents Appear Angry||p. 113|
|A Few Other Points to Consider When Parents Seem to be Uninvolved or Are Absent||p. 123|
|Concluding Thoughts: We Are All People First||p. 125|
|More Resources||p. 126|
|Enhancing the Dance: Partnership Notes||p. 127|
|Practical Suggestions for Professionals||p. 129|
|Partnership Notes||p. 130|
|More Resources||p. 135|
|A Dance That Matters||p. 136|
|Resources for Families and Professionals||p. 138|
|References and Selected Readings||p. 143|
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