Families and Professionals: Trusting Partnerships in General and Special Education, 8th edition

  • Ann Turnbull, 
  • H Rutherford Turnbull, 
  • Grace L Francis, 
  • Meghan Burke, 
  • Kathleen Kyzar, 
  • Shana Haines, 
  • Tracy Gershwin, 
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Families and Professionals reflects the why, who, and how of creating partnerships among general and special educators and their students' families. A new Compendium includes step-by-step research-based strategies to help you apply what you've learned on the job.

Published by Pearson (April 22nd 2021) - Copyright © 2022

ISBN-13: 9780136768715

Subject: Special Education

Category: Collaboration in Special Education

Table of contents

Brief Table of Contents

PART I: The "Why" of Partnerships
1. Trust, Partnerships, and Social Justice
2. Trusting Partnerships and the Law

PART II: The "Who" of Partnerships

3. Family Systems and Family
4. Family Systems: Interactions, Functions, and Life Span
5. School Systems

PART III: The "How" of Partnerships

6. Equity
7. Respect
8. Communication
9. Advocacy
10. Commitment

PART IV: Compendium of Research-Based Strategies

Full Table of Contents

PART I: The "Why" of Partnerships

1. Trust, Partnerships, and Social Justice
Learning Outcomes
The First Day of School and Its Challenges
Foundations of Trusting Family-Professional Partnerships
Ecology of Education
Overview of Research on the Nature of Partnerships in General and Special Education
The Sunshine Model of Trusting Family-Professional Partnerships
A Holistic Research-based Approach to Trusting
Partnerships in General and Special Education
Five Dimensions of Trusting Partnerships: The "How" of Trust
Seven Opportunities for Trusting Partnerships: The "What to Do" in Creating Trust
Benefits of Trusting Family-Professional Partnerships in General and Special Education
Trusting Partnerships and Social Justice
Defining Social Justice: A Problem and a Solution
The 14th Amendment of the U. S. Constitution: A Source of Fairness, Equality of Opportunity, and Dignity
Activism for Civil Rights: Seeking Fairness, Equality of Opportunity, and Dignity
Social Justice and Partnerships in Education

2. Trusting Partnerships and the Law
Learning Outcomes
Using Laws to Create Trust
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Background Problems and Reasons
Key Requirements for All Schools
Key Requirements for Title I Districts and Schools
Implications for Family-Professional Partnerships
Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Background Problems and Reasons
Key Requirements
Implications for Family-Professional Partnerships
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): Students with Disabilities
Requirement: Categories of Disability
Requirement: Ages of Eligibility
The Principle of Zero Reject
The Principle of Nondiscriminatory Evaluation
The Principle of Appropriate Education
The Principle of Placement in the Least Restrictive Environment
The Principle of Procedural Due Process
The Principle of Parent Participation
Section 504
Background Problems and Reasons
Key Requirements
Implications for Family-Professional Partnerships

PART II: The "Who" of Partnership

3. Family Systems and Family
Learning Outcomes
Appreciating a Family's Characteristics
An Overview of Family Systems Theory
Inputs and Outputs
Wholeness and Subsystems
Family Characteristics: Culture and Identity
The Meaning and Relevance of Culture
Significant Influencers on Culture and Identity
Influence of Race and Ethnicity
Influence of Household Income
Influence of Geography
Influence of Disability
Family Characteristics: Lived Experiences
Influence of Immigration
Influence of Family Trauma

4. Family Systems: Interactions, Functions, and Life Span
Learning Outcomes
Understanding a Family Life in Flux
Influence of Family Interactions
Partner Subsystem
Parental Subsystem
Sibling Subsystem
Extended Family Subsystem
Influence of Family Functions
Influence of the Family Life Span
Life Span Developmental Stages
Implications For Family-Professional Partnerships

5. School Systems
Learning Outcomes
Living and Learning in Buckley
Schools As Systems
Ecological Context
School Systems Framework
School System Characteristics
School Types
Interactions Within School Subsystems
Administrator Subsystem
Educator and Staff Subsystem
Community Subsystem
Family Subsystem
Interactions Between and Among School Subsystems
Influence of School Functions and Level
Influence of School Functions
School Level

PART III: The "How" of Partnerships

6. Equity
Learning Outcomes
Stand in My Shoes
Definition and Rationale
Research on Relevance and Outcomes
Social Capital
Navigational Capital
Linguistic Capital
Resistance Capital
Aspirational Capital
Familial Capital
Strategies for Implementation
Social Capital: Become Familiar with National, State, and Community Resources That Provide Social Support
Navigational Capital: Share Information with Families and Other Professionals
Navigational Capital: Overcoming Logistics
Linguistic Capital: Capitalizing on Families' Linguistic Strengths
Resistance Capital: Identifying When to Hold and When to Fold
Aspirational Capital: Make the "Least Dangerous Assumption"
Familial Capital: Getting to Know Families

7. Respect
Learning Outcomes
Creating Circles of Respect
Definition and Rationale
Definition of Respect
Rationale for Demonstrating Respect
Research on Relevance and Outcomes
Effects of Respect
Barriers to Respect
Strategies for Implementation
Treat Students and Families with Dignity
Be Empathetic
Honor the Family's Culture

8. Communication
Learning Outcomes
Engaging in Complicated Communication
Definition and Rationale
Defining Communication
Rationale for Communication
Research on Relevance and Outcomes
Two-way Communication
Frequent and Regular Communication
Culturally Responsive Communication
Empathetic Communication
Strategies for Implementation

9. Advocacy
Learning Outcomes
Standing Firm to Meet Students' Needs and Overcome Conflict
Definition, Rationale, and History
Definition of Advocacy
Rationale for Advocacy
History of Advocacy in Special Education
Research on Relevance and Outcomes
Effects of Advocacy
Barriers to Advocacy
Strategies for Implementation
Facts: Develop Viewpoints on Key Issues
Perspectives: Pinpoint and Document Concerns
Problem Solvers: Identify Stakeholders and Find a Middle Ground
Optimal Solutions: Identify Several Feasible Options to Resolve Disagreement

10. Commitment
Learning Outcomes
The Scope of Commitment
Definition and Rationale
Defining Commitment to Trusting Family-Professional Partnerships
Rationale for Demonstrating Commitment
Research on Relevance and Outcomes
School Culture
Other Commitments
Strategies for Implementation
Step 1: Define the Goal (What) and Reasons (Why) for Your Commitment
Step 2: Describe the Likely Rewards of Your Commitment
Step 3: List the Actions You Will Take to Carry Out Your Commitment
Step 4: Anticipate Obstacles and Identify Solutions
Step 5: Acknowledge the Investments You Have Already Made
Step 6: Manage Your Many Commitments
Create Your Own Plan
Concluding the López–Buckley Story and Revisiting the Major Themes

PART IV: Compendium

Appendix A: Resources for Supporting Families
Appendix B: Resources for Research-Based Practices
Name Index
Subject Index

Special Feature Contents

Policy into Practice
Brown v. Board of Education and Equality of Opportunity
Endrew F. v. Douglas County RE-1 and an Appropriate Education
Gun-Free Schools and Equitable Discipline to Promote Safety
Defining "Parent"
Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination
Complex Needs, Family Advocacy, and Student Inclusion
Respecting Family Boundaries and Health Care Rights
Notice That Notifies, Not Notice That Mystifies
Shaffer v. Weast and Parents' Advocacy Burden
Embedding Trusting Family-Professional Partnerships

A Cultural Lens
Confronting Bias in Communicating with Families
Family Engagement in Title I Schools
Acknowledging and Addressing Your Cultural Lens
Being a Partner in Education with Same-sex Parents
Debates on Religion and Discipline
Partnering with Families Dealing with Incarceration and Drug Addiction
Reflecting and Addressing Your Own Cultural Lens
Celebrate Multilingualism, Not "English Proficiency"
The Intersection of Culture and Advocacy
Using Perspective Taking to Maintain Commitment When Faced with Philosophical Differences

Advocacy in Action
Disproportional Racial Discipline
Advocating for a Transgender Student with Autism
Addressing Homelessness and Food Insecurity
Encouraging Advocacy Among Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities
Advocating for a Successful Preschool-to-Elementary School Transition
Advocating for Emerging Bilingual Families
Restraining Judgment When Families Advocate
Advocating for Families of Students Who Are Emergent Bilinguals or Multilinguals
Advocating for School Services
Advocating for a Summer Institute on Family-Professional Partnerships

Conflict Prevention and Resolution
Using Restorative Justice Strategies as an Alternative to Juvenile Detention
Mediation for Resolving an IEP Dispute
Mandated Reporting
Different Views of Self-Determination
Disability Identification
Reverse Discrimination and Participatory Decision Making
Addressing Conflict Within School Meetings
Communication as a Trigger for Conflict
Title 1 Parent Rights
Resolving Conflicts to Stay Committed to Inclusion and Family-Professional Partnerships

Partnering with Students
Supporting Students' Dignity
Using the Migrant Student Information Exchange (MSIX) for Records Transfers
Exploring Gender Identities
Enhancing Student Homework
Appropriately Advocating for Students to Be Involved in Out-of-School Activities
Supporting Students to Reduce Peer Conflict and Build Peer Trust
Facilitating Self-Determination in Young Children
Enhancing Student Communication
Enhancing Student Advocacy Through Person-centered Planning
Finding a Mentor

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