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Collaborating With Students in Instruction and Decision Making

Collaborating With Students in Instruction and Decision Making
The Untapped Resource

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Foreword by Paula Kluth and Peyton Goddard

November 2012 | 248 pages | Corwin
This book offers practical strategies to help primary and secondary educators coach and mentor their students to become co-teachers, decision-makers, and advocates. In this unique resource for educators who are attempting to meet the needs of a diverse student population in mixed-ability classrooms, Richard A. Villa, Jacqueline S. Thousand, and Ann I. Nevin anchor practical examples within the current theories of learning and evidence-based research on these non-traditional student roles. Readers will find:

- Practical, hands-on resources

- Assessment tools

- Lesson plans in user-friendly formats

- Many personal case studies

Collaborating With Students in Instruction and Decision Making provides easy-to-implement methods that can be used in classrooms, school buildings, or across school districts. The book's content is ideal for staff development personnel and school district curriculum specialists as well as faculty in colleges of education dedicated to the development of the teaching, decision making, and the advancement of students' advocacy skills.

Foreword: The Importance of Students' Voices by Paula Kluth and Peyton Goddard

List of Tables
List of Figures
About the Authors
I. Introduction
Letter to the Reader

1. Why Collaborate with Students?
Rationale #1: Student Collaboration Facilitates 21st Century Goals of Education

Rationale#2: Student Collaboration is Democratic Schooling

Rationale #3: Student Collaboration Increases Self-Determination

Rationale #4: Student Collaboration Increases Academic and Social Competence

Rationale #5: Student Collaboration Facilitates Other School Reform Efforts

Rationale #6: Student Collaboration is an Untapped Resource in Times of Limited Fiscal and Human Resources


II. Teaching With Students
Definition of Teaching

What is the Instructional Cycle?

What is the Research Base for Teaching with Students?

2. Students as Co-Teachers in Cooperative Learning Groups
What is Cooperative Learning?

What Cooperative Groups Are NOT

Five Essential Ingredients of Cooperative Group Learning: PIGS Face

The Four Phases of Planning and Implementing Formal Cooperative Group Lessons

Teacher Decisions at Each Phase of Planning and Implementation

An Example of a Formal Cooperative Group Lesson

What Do Students Say About Cooperative Group Learning


3. Students as Peer Tutors and Partner Learners
Meet Some Peer Tutors

What is Peer Tutoring/Partner Learning?

Essential Ingredients of Peer Tutoring and Partner Learning

Getting Started with Peer Tutoring and Partner Learning

An Example of a Peer Tutoring/Partner Learning Lesson

Students' Views of Peer Tutoring and Partner Learning


4. Students as Co-Teachers
What is a Co-Teacher? What are Examples of Adults Co-Teaching with Students?

Co-Teaching Approaches

Challenges Faced by Student Co-Teachers

What Are Student Co-Teachers, Adult Co-Teachers, Administrators, and Learners in Co-Taught Classes Saying About Co-Teaching?


III. Decision-Making With Students
5. Empowering Students as Collaborative Creative Thinkers

Barriers to Creative Thinking and Action

Awareness Plans for Busting Barriers and Imagining Improvements

Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem-Solving (CPS) Process

Thinking for Collaborative Solution Finding—Focusing Upon What You Can Do


6. Students as Instructional Decision Makers
Collaborating with Students to Determine the Product of Learning

Collaborating with Students to Differentiate Instruction for Struggling Learners


7. Students as Designers of Their Own Learning
Defining and Nurturing Self-Determination

Making Action Plans (MAPs) as a Tool to Actualize Self-Determination

Student-Led Individualized Education Programs

Personal Learning Plans as a Tool to Teach Self-Determination

What Do Students Say About Self-Determination?


8. Students as Mediators of Conflict and Controversy
Examples of Everyday School Conflicts

Understanding Conflict

An Example of a Class-Wide or School-Wide Peer Mediation Program

A Lesson Plan Example: Learning Friendly Disagreeing Skills


9. Students as Collaborators in Responsibility
A "Circle of Courage" Definition of Responsibility

The Self-Discipline Pyramid


Epilogue: Beyond Benevolence to Befriending
A. Cooperative Group Learning Lesson Plan

B. Peer Tutor Lesson Plan

C. Co-Teaching Lesson Plan

D. Syllabus for High School Course for Teaching Students to Be Co-Teachers

E. Template for Product-Activity Matrix Integrating Bloom’s Taxonomy and Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory

F. Template for Facts about the Learner, Classroom Demands, Mismatches, and Potential Solutions

G. Student Collaboration Quiz (for students)


"The authors brilliantly bring the reader's focus down to the core of the educational process: the student. This powerful focus on the purposeful engagement of students in their own learning process guides us through reflection, cooperative learning groups, planning, choice, a sense of belonging, and advocacy, as well as social, emotional, academic, and life-skills issues. Resources abound in this contribution to the dialogue of increasing student achievement and well being while reflecting on the whole student."

Denise M. Gudwin, Educational Consultant and Adjunct Professor
Retired Executive Director, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, FL

"How powerful learning could be if students and educators shared more of the teaching responsibilities! Educators who use even a few ideas from this text will find their teaching and learning experiences greatly enhanced and far more enjoyable. Best of all, involving students in the teaching experience helps them learn more academically and do more socially."

Peggy King-Sears, Professor
George Mason University

"In this easy-to-read resource, the authors help educators understand that inclusion isn’t something that we do to and for students, but rather, something we must do with students. The powerful anecdotes of educators and students planning, tutoring, and teaching side by side give us new hope and further direction for the creation of inclusive schools."

Cathy L. Taschner, Assistant Superintendent
Oxford Area School District, PA

"This book is a must-read for every administrator seeking to build a school that meets the needs of diverse learners. Villa, Thousand, and Nevin practically and purposefully demonstrate how the reallocation of existing resources can be instrumental in ‘re-forming’ schools. The descriptive, step-by-step planning guides empower administrators, new and experienced, to redesign their school community in a way that will increase student achievement without increasing the budget!"

Kimberly R. Donahue, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Susquehanna Township School District, Harrisburg, PA

"This book emphasizes the work of students as significant members of the school and classroom community, not just as recipients of the work that teachers do, but as an integral part that can benefit from the teaching as well as be part of the teaching force. I loved the emphasis on empowering students in this co-teaching arrangement. I also appreciated the focus on listening to students' voices so the work of teachers is based on what students really need. The authors provide knowledgeable and practical advice for personalizing and individualizing instruction for all students while maintaining high expectations."

Mary A. Falvey, Dean, Charter College of Education
California State University, Los Angeles

"Classrooms go further when they are student-driven, and this book provides amazing resources and ideas to empower both students and teachers. From providing a rationale for teacher/student collaboration to helping with the nuts and bolts of the actual work, the authors have written a practical, useful, and inspiring guide for collaboration."

Renee Salazar-Garcia, Principal
Hillerman Middle School, Albuquerque, NM

Richard A. Villa

Learn more about Richard Villa's PD offeringsRichard A. Villa is president of Bayridge Consortium, Inc. His primary field of expertise is the development of administrative and instructional support systems for educating all students within general education settings. Villa is recognized as an educational leader who inspires and works collaboratively with others to implement current and emerging exemplary educational practices. His work has resulted in the inclusion of children with intensive cognitive, physical, and emotional challenges as full members of the general education community in the school districts where he has worked and... More About Author

Jacqueline Sue Thousand

Jacqueline S. Thousand, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita at California State University San Marcos, where she designed and coordinated special education professional preparation and Master’s degree programs in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. She previously taught at the University of Vermont, where she directed Inclusion Facilitator and Early Childhood Special Education graduate and postgraduate programs and coordinated federal grants, which, in the early 1980s, pioneered the inclusion of students with moderate and severe disabilities in general education classrooms of their local schools. Prior to university teacher, Dr.... More About Author

Ann I. Nevin

Ann I. Nevin is professor emerita at Arizona State University and visiting professor at Florida International University. The author of books, research articles, and numerous chapters, Nevin is recognized for her scholarship and dedication to providing meaningful, practice-oriented, research-based strategies for teachers to integrate students with special learning needs. Since the 1970s, she has co-developed various innovative teacher education programs that affect an array of personnel, including the Vermont Consulting Teacher Program, Collaborative Consultation Project Re-Tool sponsored by the Council for Exceptional Children, the... More About Author

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