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1 Examining How Cluster Grouping and Co-Teaching Raises the Bar for Teachers and Students Sarah Bongarten AIG Differentiation Coach Orange County Schools, NC

2 Goals of this Session To have working definitions of cluster grouping and co- teaching. To have an understanding of how cluster grouping and co- teaching benefits AIG students and their teachers

3 Barriers to Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction for AIG Students in the Regular Classroom Very few AIG students Too many levels of ability/achievement Focus on supporting struggling students Lack of teacher expertise and resources for working with AIG students Equity and/or fairness issues

4 Cluster Grouping A group of AIG students are placed in a classroom, ideally with a teacher who has had training in gifted education Full time clustering Subject specific clustering Cluster grouping vs. tracking

5 Cluster Grouping Model Classroom 1Classroom 2Classroom 3Classroom 4 High Achieving (AIG) X High AverageXXX AverageXXXX Low AverageXX LowX Special Education X (twice exceptional) X

6 Benefits of Cluster Grouping Intellectual peer group Responsive teachers Flexible groups Reduction of stigmatization

7 Co-Teaching Co-teaching is… Two teachers working together to plan and deliver appropriate curriculum and instruction for all students in the room Co-teaching is not… One teacher teaching while the other enforces discipline, makes copies, completes paperwork, etc.

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9 Team Teaching Two teachers deliver a lesson simultaneously, building off one another

10 Station Teaching Each teacher leads a station, and students rotate to appropriately challenging activities

11 Benefits of Co-Teaching Classroom Teacher Benefits Support with planning and differentiated instructional strategies Smaller student load and another professional in the room AIG Specialist Benefits Easier to enrich and extend curriculum and connect activities to what is being taught in the classroom Nurture students who are not AIG identified Student Benefits Cohesive, rigorous curriculum and instruction Responds to specific student needs Reduction of stigmatization

12 Benefits of Co-Teaching

13 It Takes Two: Cluster Grouping and Co- Teaching Effective cluster grouping paves the way for effective co-teaching. Reduces the number of classroom teachers with whom the AIG must coordinate Allows AIG specialists to work directly with students on a consistent basis

14 Questions and Contact Info Sarah Bongarten ext New Hope Church Road Chapel Hill, NC 27514


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