Co-Teaching

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We are so proud of our Region 6 & 7 Excellence in Co-teaching Ambassadors! They are ready to host & mentor teams of administrators and educators interested in improving student outcomes through co-teaching. Please contact Helen Barrier at hbarrier@vt.edu if you or your team would be interested in working with an ambassador.

Co-Teaching in Support of Inclusive Practices

“How is what co-teachers are doing together substantively different and better for kids than what one teacher can do alone?” (Murawski & Dieker, 2013). The answer isn’t easy or clear-cut, but in schools that embrace an inclusive philosophy, a collaborative spirit, and a supportive schedule, co-teaching can be successful.  Involving stakeholders across the community, division and schools with needed resources and an ongoing professional learning plan can result in positive outcomes for students.

For educators who wish to develop or improve their co-teaching practices, T/TAC will collaborate with educational teams to determine what they have in place, what is needed, and share a plethora of available resources. It is essential that this professional learning plan includes follow-up in the form of ongoing and job-embedded coaching.  To request services, please call or e-mail our office for a request packet to fill out. Feel free to access our resources below and share them with parents, administrators, teachers, and staff.

Friend, M. (2014). Co-teach! Building and sustaining effective classroom partnerships in inclusive schools (2nd ed.). Greensboro, SC: Marilyn Friend, Inc.

Murawski, W., & Dieker, L. (2013). Leading the co-teaching dance: Leadership strategies to enhance team outcomes. Arlington, VA: Council for Exceptional Children.