Co-Teaching and Collaboration

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As increasing numbers of students with special needs are included in general education classrooms, effective collaboration between general and special educators has become even more essential. Collaboration increases instructional options and grouping flexibility, reduces stigma for students, boosts professional support, and meets the mandates of IDEA’s Least Restrictive Environment. Boundless Learning professional development incorporates four principles of effective collaboration: Respect of Knowledge and Skill, an Established Communication System, a Common Understanding of the Classroom Environment, and Co-Accountability. (From Boundless Learning, Effective Collaboration).

Explore the resources below to learn more about co-teaching and collaborative models.

The TEAMS Protocol, suggests five steps to effective collaboration.  It guides special and general educators through the process of translating beliefs into a shared vision

Council for Exceptional Children provides links to articles on co-teaching.  In the search bar (upper right) type in "co-teaching" for a comprehensive list of articles.

Is Co-Teaching Effective? - Article that provides a brief description of co-teaching written by Marilyn Friend and Deanna Hurley-Chamberlain.