Presentation on theme: "Co-Teaching Helps All Students Succeed"— Presentation transcript:
1 Co-Teaching Helps All Students Succeed Marie Cianca, Ed.D.June, 2009 Model Schools Conference
2 Session Objectives/Essential Questions Why co-teach?What is co-teaching?What does the research say about co- teaching?What to consider when implementing co- teaching?What is my learning and working style?How does all this impact my students?
4 People older than 15 in the US who: Use a wheelchair, a cane, crutches, or a walkerHave difficulty performing one or more functional activitiesHave difficulty with one or more activities of daily living.Have difficulty with one or more instrumental activities of daily living. ( going outside the home, keeping track of money and bills, preparing meals, taking prescription medicines in the right amount at the right time, and using the telephone.)McNeil, J. (2001). Americans with disabilities. Current Population Reports: Household studies, no <
5 People older than 15 in the US who: Have one or more specified conditions or any other mental or emotional condition that seriously interfere with everyday activitiesHave a condition that limits the ability to work around the houseHave a condition that makes it difficult to work at a job or businessReceive federal benefits based on an inability to workMcNeil, J. (2001). Americans with disabilities. Current Population Reports: Household studies, no <
6 Why Co-teach?6,634,000Children with disabilities served, ages (2003)13.7Percent of children with disabilities within the school populationSOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (2006). Digest of Education Statistics, 2005 (NCES )
7 Challenge Question!!If this concept were a song, what would the genre of music be and what title would you give it?
8 Benefits of Co-teaching Professional growthDifferentiationTeacher accessBehavior managementStudent engagement
9 What is Co-Teaching? Marilyn Friend’s definition Two or more professionals who are appropriately credentialed; peersJoint delivery of instruction not simply two educators in a room;Diverse or blended group of studentsShared classroom space
10 What is Co-Teaching? Richard Villa’s definition Two or more people who share responsibility for teaching some or all of the students assigned to a classroom. They:Have a common, publicly agreed-on goalShare belief system that supports each team member’s unique expertiseDemonstrate parity by alternating rolesDistribute the functions of teaching to all team members;Use a cooperative process that includes face-to-face interactions, positive interdependence, interpersonal skills, monitoring of co-teacher progress and accountability
11 What is Co-Teaching? Anne Beninghof’s definition: Two or more adults Simultaneously instructing a heterogeneous group of studentsIn a coordinated fashionCo-teaching is not one teacher acting like a helper, just “showing up”, ignoring the needs of students with IEPs or teaching the same old way.
12 What does the research say about co-teaching? Effective reform initiatives are based on the presumption that effective collaborators will work together to achieve desired aims.Collaboration is especially significant in programs that include students with disabilitiesUnique, dynamic and problematic differences on teams are what makes collaborative efforts more effective than the efforts of individuals. Plans are more creative, more comprehensive and more likely to succeed because of broader support and commitment.
14 Marilyn Friend’s 6 Models of Co-Teaching One teach, one ObserveParallel TeachingA one teach, one AssistStation TeachingTeam TeachingAlternative Teaching
15 Effective Ineffective TeamsList the teams in which you have been a member.Which of these teams is/was most effective?What are the characteristics of effective and ineffective teams from your experience?Effective Ineffective
16 What to consider when co-teaching… Working StylesLearning Styles
18 Suggested ReadingsStrengthen Your Coteaching Relationship Jan Stivers. Intervention in School and Clinic. Austin: Nov Vol. 44, Iss. 2; pg. 121, 5 pgsChoose Colleagues Before Friends for Teaching Teams Daniel L Kain. The Education Digest. Ann Arbor: Sep Vol. 72, Iss. 1; pg. 53, 4 pgsCollaboration to support students' success Chriss Walther- Thomas, Lori Korinek, Virginia L McLaughlin. Focus on Exceptional Children. Denver: Nov Vol. 32, Iss. 3; pg. 1, 18 pgsMyths and misunderstandings about professional collaboration Marilyn Friend. Remedial and Special Education. Austin: May/Jun Vol. 21, Iss. 3; pg. 130, 4 pgs
19 Suggested ReadingsUnderstanding coteaching components Susan E Gately, Frank J Gately Jr. Teaching Exceptional Children. Reston: Mar/Apr Vol. 33, Iss. 4; pg. 40, 8 pgsTips and Strategies for Co-Teaching at the Secondary Level Wendy W Murawski, Lisa A Dieker. Teaching Exceptional Children. Reston: May/Jun Vol. 36, Iss. 5; pg. 52, 7 pgs