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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Region 4 TTAC.
Resources for Co-Teaching
- Self-Assessment of Quality Indicators of Co-Teaching for Administrators & Co-Teachers
Schools may assess their own progress in co-teaching through this checklist on Quality Indicators for Co-Teacing.
- Real Co-Teachers of Virginia –Middle & High
- Real Co-Teachers of Virginia—Elementary
This series of webshops showcases the products created by real co-teachers of Virginia. These co-teachers established demonstration sites and opened their doors to visitors wishing to observe quality co-teaching; they also developed co-taught lesson plans and videos to share through these webshops. In their videos, teachers model not only co-instructing in the classroom, but co-assessing and co-planning as well.