Collaborating and Supporting Education Support Professionals (ESPs)

Date of Award

Winter 12-19-2024

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Shirley Johnson



Collaboration among educators is recognized as a vital element in promoting student success and enhancing learning outcomes in the classroom. This literature review delves into various facets of enhancing collaboration in educational settings. It begins with an introduction to collaboration in education, emphasizing its significance in fostering student achievement. High-leverage practices in collaboration, including communication, teamwork skills, and co-teaching models, are explored. The review also examines the role of collaboration in supporting inclusive practices, such as implementing response-to-intervention (RTI) frameworks and collaborative problem-solving for diverse learner needs. Additionally, the importance of teacher leadership in fostering collaboration and strategies for promoting a collaborative school culture are discussed. Practical applications of collaboration skills in classroom settings and reflections on experiences to refine collaborative practices are also considered.

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