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Cultural Reciprocity in Special Education

3 Credits

What is Cultural Reciprocity in Special Education Course for Teachers?

Cultural Reciprocity Special Education Course is an online independent study course where students will learn about building family-professional relationships. Students will discover how special education is a culture in and of itself while understanding how special education law is in cultural conflict with specific minority groups, e.g. Asian, Hispanic, Native American. Students will engage with minority groups within their communities to understand conflicts that resonate with them and how to effectively develop community in meeting the needs of children with disabilities. The Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) Ethical Standards will be embedded throughout the course material.

What Will You Learn in This PD course?

In this professional development course, you'll learn to reflect on how introspection empowers professionals and parents to learn values of self and others. You'll also analyze how cultural assumptions are embedded in daily work as a special education professional. By the end of this course, you should be able to demonstrate how to negotiate collaboratively to address cultural concerns while adhering to special education law.

NOTE: Required textbook must be acquired separately.


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Dr. Julie Lane

As an educator, I find great value in collaborating and consulting with community members, especially key constituencies in the educational process, including parents, teachers, school leaders, and their advocacy organizations, plus businesses, government entities, and nonprofit organizations with educational interests. Each has a contribution to make and is benefitted in helping to raise a child. In today’s world of multiple obligations, expectations, hazards, and uncertainties, children need to be guided and supported in the communities where they live and go to school. Moreover, building collaborative relationships and empowering community members creates networks of support that help children to recognize their value in facing the challenges of life.