Co-Teaching & Inclusion
A 3-phase training program for regular and Special Education staff members, conducted by Rick Welsh MS-CCC-SLP, National Educational Specialist.
The training consists of three, logically sequenced phases. This allows teachers to gradually increase their level of commitment. The Regular and Special Education teachers who are partnered together in inclusion classrooms will learn to respect and appreciate each other’s diversity. This respect will then extend to students whose diverse needs and learning styles were previously viewed as obstacles to learning. Administrators are requested to participate in the training, to encourage teachers to take risks, embrace new techniques, and move towards more student-centered instruction.
Impact on teaching practices and/or student learning
Participating co-teaching teams regularly report discovering untapped potential in students whom they previously regarded as beyond the reach of their efforts. They also express a willingness to accept more responsibility for educating these students. As students come to accept the new methodologies and teaching dynamics in the classroom, there is evidence of increased cooperation and respect among students, between teachers and students, and between general and Special Education teachers.
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