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1 Maryland State Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services Co-Teaching Initiative: Improving LRE and Student Achievement 2009 OSEP Project Director’s Conference July 21, 2009

2 What does it take to build a state, district, school and classroom culture where Co-Teaching can flourish? Guiding Question

3 State Definition Co-Teaching is a collaborative partnership between a generalist and a specialist who have shared accountability and ownership for planning and delivering instruction and assessment to all students within a classroom environment.

4 Maryland’s Co-Teaching Network Collaborative Initiative Between General and Special Education Tools and Resources Related Specifically to Implementing Co- Teaching and Ensuring Fidelity Online Co-Teaching Community

5 ISSUES & SOLUTIONS

6 Inconsistent Approaches Special Education Taking the Lead Ineffective Planning: Collaboration Implementation and Monitoring Evaluation “One Size Fits All” Approach

7 A Consistent Approach Statewide Framework: Definition Definition of Co-Teaching for Maryland Direction Direction for enhancing instruction by providing access for students with disabilities Guidance Guidance for quality implementation Support Support for strategic planning in the district, school and classroom for all learners

8 Inconsistent Approaches Special Education Taking the Lead Ineffective Planning: Collaboration Implementation and Monitoring Evaluation “One Size Fits All” Approach

9 A Shared Ownership Purpose Vision Statement Mission Statement Co-Teaching Implementation Roles for: State Department Administration Central Office Administration School-Based Administration General and Special Educators

10 Inconsistent Approaches Special Education Taking the Lead Ineffective Planning: Collaboration Implementation and Monitoring Evaluation “One Size Fits All” Approach

11 A Shared Responsibility State School District Classroom

12 Inconsistent Approaches Special Education Taking the Lead Ineffective Planning: Collaboration Implementation and Monitoring Evaluation “One Size Fits All” Approach

13 Promoting Five Approaches One Teach-One Assist ( used routinely in conjunction with other approaches ) Station Teaching ( use frequently ) Parallel Teaching ( use frequently ) Alternative Teaching ( use sparingly ) Team Teaching ( use frequently with the caveat that flexible grouping is not eliminated from practice )

14 What does it take to build a state, district, school and classroom culture where Co-Teaching can flourish? Guiding Question

15 BUILDING A CULTURE OF COLLABORATION Maryland’s State Personnel Development Grant III

16 Building a Culture of Collaboration Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services Statewide System of Support-Breakthrough Center Division of Instruction Division for Leadership Development Local School Systems, Schools, Classrooms Johns Hopkins University, Center for Technology in Education

17 Final Thought Carl Rogers “The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.”

18 Contacts Sharon A. West, SPDG Project Director Fran Sorin, Co-Teaching Network Chairperson Robert Glascock, Breakthrough Center Paul Dunford, Division for Leadership Development


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