Co-teaching holds great promise within the framework of Scientific Research-Based Interventions (SRBI) as a universal practice for supporting students with diverse needs in general education settings. The talents, experiences, and expertise of the co-teaching team, both shared and varied, make for powerful and dynamic approaches to instruction.
Co-teaching partnerships consist of a general educator and one other certified education professional, such as a special educator. These partners collaborate to provide rich and differentiated learning opportunities and a sense of belonging for every student.
This two-day session covers how co-teaching can effectively meet the needs of students, with and without disabilities, in the general education classroom and explores the advantages and disadvantages of each of the six co-teaching approaches. Participants will apply their learning between the two days by planning and teaching a co-taught lesson, and then share their experiences with other participants on the second day. In addition, a panel of local co-teachers will join us to share their experiences and answer questions from the audience.
As a result of this professional learning activity, participants will be able to enhance the quality of their co-teaching partnerships; make decisions about which co-teaching approach will best help to improve student access and outcomes; and collaboratively plan co-taught lessons that maximize instructional intensity. Optional follow-up technical assistance will be offered for those co-teaching teams that would like additional feedback through an on-site observation and/or coaching.
Audience: Co-teaching teams preferred, consisting of a General Education Teacher and another certified professional, such as a Special Education Teacher, EL/Bilingual Educator, Reading or Math Specialist, or Speech/Language Pathologist