STRONG PARTNERSHIP IS A CENTRAL TENET OF CO-TEACHING. Co-teaching is an approach to program delivery in which two or more teachers (regular education and special education teachers) share teaching responsibilities within a regular education classroom and both teachers interact with all the students at various times. One of the major researchers of Co-Teaching is Marilyn Friend. Both she and Leonard Burrello have been to Clark County to film some of our co-teaching pairs. I work with several schools that embrace co-teaching. We have learned it's a process to implement over time. We have our best team train others. I find I'm learning a lot through the process.
Power of 2 is an online training site with a wealth of resources.
CoTeaching The ABCDEs of Co-Teaching from Learning Disabilities OnLine.
CoTeaching articles from the Council for Exceptional Children.
This article has good information for schools beginning co-teaching and those who have experience in the process and are ready to take it up a notch or two.
This page on Teacher/Media Specialist Collaboration provides tools are provided to assist collaborating partners in planning and implementing information literacy skill instruction following the Research Process Model.
This site explains how a middle school team collaborates. Let Hoover Middle School teachers give you tips on beginning collaborative practices in your school.
This article by Ellen Fennick describes how coteaching in a general education life skills class became an effective way to provide inclusive instruction—to benefit all of the students, both with and without disabilities.
How do you know you are making progress through collaboration? The Collaborative Tecahing Rubric from Deer Lakes Middle School can be used to assist teaching teams to identify the skills they possess in collaboration and those that need to be improved. As a matter of fact, check out all the resources from the General and Special Education Collaborative by the Pennsylvania Partnership for Professional Development Network. Their purpose is to develop a statewide model encouraging collaboration between special educators and general educators, which will ultimately benefit children. I thought this site was excellent!!
In this article, Susan and Frank Gately describe the components of coteaching and give examples of what the teacher interactions of that component may resemble at each of the developmental stages of coteaching: the beginning stage, the compromise stage, and the collaborative stage.
Co-Teaching: Principles, Practices, and Pragmatics by Lynne Cook, Ph.D. provides both an overview of coteaching as well as detailed information about planning, implementing, and evaluating co- teaching programs. This PDF document explores both the conceptual and the operational aspects of this innovative approach to service delivery as well as learning other collaborative skills that can help co-teachers succeed in teaching ALL students.
This page answers these questions:What is co-teaching? What does co-teaching look like across grade levels? What are the keys to successful co-teaching? What are potential barriers? It also has a link to look at videos and test your knowledge of the co-teaching models.
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