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Inclusive Practices

TTAC staff is focused on inclusive practices as a VDOE priority initiative, implementing a more integrated approach by embedding effective practices, such as co-teaching strategies, high leverage practices (HLP) and tools used in I’m Determined in the work we are doing with school divisions. Strategies and tools of inclusive practices proven effective in promoting positive student outcomes will be offered to school divisions in Region 4, particularly those school divisions participating in VTSS. It is our intent to collaborate with our VTSS systems coaches to direct this work through the professional learning community (PLC) structure in a systematic way. We are excited about our integrated PL model, which is designed to effect sustainable, inclusive practices in our schools.

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).

Virginia’s Co-Teaching Ambassadors Network

About 64% of Virginia students with disabilities spend 80% of more of their days in the general education classroom (Virginia Department of Education, 2018). Co-teaching has frequently been chosen as a service delivery option for these students. For several years, the Virginia Department of Education has chosen certain schools throughout the state as co-teaching demonstration sites, as part of its Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative. They have modeled co-teaching, welcomed visitors, and produced lesson plans and videos of co-planning, co-assessing, and co-instructing.

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

References


Contact

Diane Loomis,
Transition Coordinator and Co-teaching Lead
dloomis@gmu.edu
Office: 703-993-4496