Collaboration/Co-Teaching

Data Duos: Progress Monitoring and Co-Teaching

Progress monitoring is essential for teachers who want to ensure their lessons respond to student needs and achievement. To make sure you cover your data collection and progress-monitoring bases without taking valuable time away from teaching, this week’s FREE tool is a set of steps to help co-teachers divide and conquer the data collection monster. What are you monitoring? How ...

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How’s Your Co-Teaching?

Most educators are enjoying a much needed break from work this week. If that includes you, take a few minutes to reflect on how the year has gone so far by using this tool to evaluate your use of co-teaching approaches. Did you team teach? How did it go? Did you parallel teach? What would you change about it? The ...

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Spread the Word!

Have you and the teachers in your school figured out how to make co-teaching work? Have you learned hard lessons? Implemented innovative ideas? Created a collaborative environment that runs like a well-oiled machine? Then it’s time to share your experience! This week’s FREE tool is a list of 20 ideas for sharing your co-teaching successes with the broader community. The ...

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Parity. Not Parroting!

Solid co-teaching partnerships don’t rely on the expertise and authority of one teacher while the other teacher simply supports or repeats what is said. In effective partnerships, students benefit from the unique strengths and expertise of both teachers in a classroom characterized by mutual respect, shared authority, and equal responsibility. Do you have this kind of parity in your co-teaching ...

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Group Think at its Best

Special educators don’t work in a vacuum. To best serve students, they must collaborate with colleagues, administrators, and other service providers. So, how to avoid having too many cooks in the kitchen? To help teams of educators work well together, this week’s FREE tool is a worksheet for group reflection. It asks team members to answer a set of questions ...

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Schedules You Can Sail Through

Administrators, we have our eye on you with this week’s FREE tool—a table full of scheduling guidelines to help you keep your ship sailing smoothly! By following these tips, you’ll discover how small things like setting limits you can follow and seeking feedback from staff can help you create a schedule that works for everyone. The tool comes from CEC’s ...

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All About You

Collaboration: who knew it was all about you! This week’s FREE tool is a set of questions to help you explore the thought processes you use when forming partnerships. Use the questions for personal reflection or as discussion prompts to help you and your collaborative team members understand one another better. The questions come from “Collaborate Smart: Practical Strategies and ...

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Accommodate. Collaborate.

The Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers

The school year is underway and everyone is settling into their new routines. To make that easier, this week’s FREE tool is an accommodations checklist to help keep you organized. Now that you’ve gotten to know your students, take a minute to fill it out so you can keep track of the accommodations your students need for both testing and ...

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Making the grade

Co-teachers must collaborate on so many things: classroom arrangement, teaching styles, methods of instruction, and finally, grading, the subject of this week’s FREE tool. How do you feel about retakes? Do you prefer letter grades or portfolios? What is your homework policy? Answer these questions and more on your FREE tool with your co-teacher to be sure you’re on the ...

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Co-Teaching & Collaboration: A Collection of Articles

Co-teachers, this one’s for you! If you’ve settled into a comfortable routine over the course of the year, it’s time to change things up. This week’s FREE tool is a table with nifty visuals to help you rethink your co-teaching arrangement. Are you parallel teaching? Team teaching? This table will remind you to try something new. It comes from CEC’s ...

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