Co-Teaching: Strategies to Improve Student Outcomes
Co-teaching is a popular service delivery model for students who are entitled to special education or other specialized services, such as support services for English learners. Evidence shows that the implementation of co-teaching is significantly associated with improved student outcomes. However for co-teaching to be effective, teachers need to thoroughly understand what the arrangement entails and what it takes to make co-teaching work.
In this newly released quick-reference laminated guide, Dr. Marilyn Friend, a renowned authority on co-teaching, provides educators with an overview of the fundamental “what,” “why,” and “how” of co-teaching.
Topics covered include:
- Co-teaching and inclusion
- Co-teaching vs. team teaching
- Co-teaching vs. paraprofessional support
- The role of each co-teacher
- Elements of successful co-teaching partnerships
- Instruction in co-taught classrooms/understanding specially designed instruction (SDI)
- Co-teaching and Common Core Standards (CCSS)
- Planning for co-teachers
Dr. Friend outlines six the following six co-teaching approaches, along with recommended frequency of use and variations for each:
- One Teach, One Observe
- Station Teaching
- Parallel Teaching
- Alternate Teaching
- One Teach, One Assist
School districts will want to equip all teachers with this practical, affordable, and easy-to-use tool.