Developing collaborative partnerships with culturally and linguistically diverse families during the IEP process
Sauer, Janet Story
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CitationZachary Rossetti, Janet Story Sauer, Oanh Bui, Susan Ou. 2017. "Developing Collaborative Partnerships With Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families During the IEP Process." TEACHING Exceptional Children, Volume 49, Issue 5, pp. 328 - 338.
Family participation in the special education process has been federally mandated for 40 years, and educators recognize that effective collaboration with their students’ families leads to improved academic and social outcomes for students. However, while some family-school relationships are positive and collaborative, many are not, particularly for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) families. This article provides practice guidelines based in research for teachers who seek to improve their practices when working with CLD families who have children served by special education.