Specially Designed Instruction: Realizing the Potential of Co-Teaching

The principle of least restrictive environment (LRE) requires schools to provide instruction in the general education classroom for students with disabilities unless the “nature and severity” of the student’s disability prevents it (Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act [IDEA], 2004). Additionally, the IDEA mandates access to the general education curriculum with instruction from qualified teachers. To meet the LRE and access requirements, many schools choose co-teaching as a service delivery model. Access to a co-taught classroom alone, however, does not satisfy the legal requirements. Access must also result in improved academic outcomes for students with disabilities.

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A Mother and Daughter Co-Teaching Team’s Story: A Unique Partnership at Lee Jackson Elementary School in Mathews County, VA

In this podcast, you will meet a mother and daughter co-teaching team from Lee Jackson Elementary school in Mathews County, VA. Kris Long, her school’s Teacher of the Year, and Chandler Rogers discuss their unique co-teaching relationship and provides co-teaching tips for new teams as well as insights for veteran partners. Listen to the podcast. [Read more…]

Strategies for Creating Inclusive Schools

This Considerations Packet provides educators with information, recommendations, and tools to expand inclusive practices within their schools. The recommendations outlined in this packet, and described in the IRIS online learning module referenced therein, equip school leaders to create concrete plans for leading the implementation and sustaining an inclusive school.

The Power of Leadership Teams: Collaborating to Improve Student Outcomes

Serving on leadership teams can be both a rewarding and challenging endeavor. Meeting structures that support productivity and collaboration can improve the teaming process.  The Power of Leadership Teams: Collaborating to Improve Student Outcomes is an interactive webinar that provides specific strategies to make team meetings more effective and efficient.  Participants will learn and practice techniques for establishing group norms, effective communication skills, and problem-solving protocols.

Co-Teaching Demonstration Sites in Regions 2 and 3

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has identified 35 co-teaching demonstration sites throughout the commonwealth in the Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative. There are eight demonstration sites locally in Superintendents Regions 2 and 3 (see Table 1).  These model sites provide opportunities for co-teaching partners across the state to observe effective co-teaching. The sites highlight research-based inclusive practices to meet the needs of all students within the general education classroom. At each model site, the co-teaching teams share with visitors co-planning, co-instructing, and co-assessing practices that have helped their students succeed.

For more information about the Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative, or to arrange a visit to a model site near you, please contact Donni Perry or Shelley Littleton, at T/TAC, College of William & Mary. Co-Teaching and Inclusive Practices materials are available on the VDOE website and at Real Co-Teachers of Virginia at T/TAC Online.

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Library Book Suggestions – October 2016

The following books are available to check out from the T/TAC William & Mary Library. [Read more…]