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Changing the Game: A High School District’s Successful Journey to Implement Co-Teaching, Rigorous Specially Designed Instruction Across Settings, and a Comprehensive MTSS

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Marilyn Friend, Kerri Piscitelli, Sue Feeney, & Dustin Cochrane
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Yes, it IS possible to put into place in urban high schools the practices that can make a huge difference in outcomes for students with disabilities-co-teaching, a significant reduction in students receiving core academic instruction in a separate setting, high quality specially designed instruction, and a comprehensive MTSS system. Hear from te special education administrators at a high school district about the journey, the challenges encountered, and the successes achieved in this session. 

Participants will be able to:

  • Apply ideas for improving the quality of specially designed instruction delivered to high school students with disabilities in co-taught and separate setting classes.
  • Explain the key elements of a comprehensive MTSS model for high schools.
  • Analyze effective high school co-teaching practices across subject areas and courses.
  • Outline formal and informal policies that foster inclusive practices in high schools, including building teacher knowledge and skills and fostering administrative understanding. 

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