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Melissa MarieCollaboration MatrixCollaborationCharacteristicsBenefitsBarriersActivityExampleVoluntary NaturePositive collaborationenvironment.Students benefit morewhen all participants arewilling to participate incollaboration meeting.Collaborations are mostsuccessful when enteredinto freely.Some educators areunwilling to participate,makes for a negativecollaboration environment.Some educators come to themeeting with preconceivedjudgement and areunwilling to compromise.(Friend & Cook, 2013)A General Education teacherand a Special Educationteacher have a collaborationmeeting on how to effectivelyintroduce and teach the newwriting unit to all the studentsin the class. The meeting iseffective because bothteachers are willing to worktogether voluntarily towardthe end goal.Parity Among ParticipantsAll parties have the samedecision-making power.(Friend & Cook, 2013)Each participant is equallyvalued.If one or more persons areseen as having more powerthan others, thencollaboration can not occur.A collaboration meeting ishappening between aprincipal, school counselor,General education teacher,and special education teachereveryone has brought theirideas to the meeting andexpressed them. No one