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Running Head: BENCHMARK ACTION PLAN1Benchmark: Collaborative and Communication Action PlanKarissa InmanGrand Canyon University: SPD 520Dr. Susan StoneMay 9, 2018
BENCHMARK ACTION PLAN2IntroductionFor any student, especially a student with exceptionalities, to be successful they need aformidable team behind them guiding them to success. The key to being part of a team thatfosters success for students is collaboration and communication with others involved. Thiscollaboration and communication includes, but is not limited to, special education teachers,gifted teachers, general education teachers, outside services, and parents. Each person plays avital role in the child’s life and collaborating and communicating with each other and parentsallows educators to see all aspects of the child’s life and make plans accordingly. This paper willlook at John’s case and create an action plan to help him succeed.Background InformationJohn is a seventh grade, Hispanic student that has recently been diagnosed withObsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Testing has shown that John should be placed in thegifted class for English Language Arts (ELA); John will remain in inclusion classrooms for therest of his subjects. John is the only Hispanic in his gifted class, and the teacher of the giftedclass is unexperienced when it comes to students with an IEP. Recently, John has felt isolated inthe gifted class and no longer wants to be part of the gifted program.Action PlanThe principle has noticed John being isolated in the classroom and the gifted teacher doesnot interact with John. The principle requested the special education teacher assist in theproblem-solving so that John can continue in the gifted class. The teacher has created an actionplan that uses collaboration and communication. First the special education teacher collaborateswith John, then uses collaborative coaching with the gifted teacher, suggests multi-cultural teambuilding activities to help John feel more welcomed, communicates with John’s other teachers to
BENCHMARK ACTION PLAN3see what works in their classrooms, evaluates and follows up with the gifted teacher,communicates with John’s parents, and finally reports back to the principle.Collaboration with StudentThe special education teacher’s purpose of collaborating with John is to have John helpcreate ideas that will make him feel more involved in the classroom. During the collaboration,John and the special education teacher discuss adding more group/partner activities into thecourse. This will allow John to become more acquainted with his peers and allow him to feel lessisolated. It is also suggested that a new seating arrangement be made for the entire class thattakes John out of the corner without the class knowing the move was specifically for John.

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