Co-Teaching

Co-Teaching is an approach to inclusive practices that speaks to the requirement to educate special needs students in the Least Restrictive Environment (Individuals with Disabilities Act, 2004).  Co-teaching is two or more professionals delivering substantive instruction to a diverse group of students in the same physical space.  It is often a general education teacher and a special education teacher who share responsibility for educating the same students.  Research shows that students with disabilities can acquire increased social and emotional skills in a co-taught classroom, as well experience greater academic success (Friend, 2014; Murawski, 2009).

Region 4 TTAC and Co-Teaching

TTAC supports the Region 4 Co-Teaching Ambassadors Network for the 2019-20 school year. These Ambassadors are from experienced co-teaching school sites that have served as VDOE Demonstration sites. Co-teaching Ambassadors may make presentations, provide professional development, mentor, and open their classrooms to visitors wishing to observe co-teaching in action, among other activities.

Teachers and administrators are welcome to observe in these classrooms and may arrange visits or other assistance from Co-Teaching Ambassadors through Region 4 TTAC.

Visits to Demonstration Sites

Co-Teaching teams in Region 4, serving as Co-Teaching Ambassadors for school year 2019-20 are:

  • Eastern View High School, Grade 9 Algebra (Culpeper County Public Schools)
  • Emerald Hill Elementary School, Grade 1 Math (Culpeper County Public Schools)
  • Discovery Elementary School, Grade 4 LA/Math, two co-taught classrooms (Loudoun County Public Schools)

To arrange a visit or request other assistance from Co-Teaching Ambassadors, contact Diane Loomis (dloomis@gmu.edu) at Region 4 TTAC.

Resources for Co-Teaching

Contact
Janet Ratzlaff

Coordinator
jratzlaf@gmu.edu