The task of educating students with disabilities and maintaining safe and effective schools is increasingly being carried out by teams of special education and general education practitioners. Professional, collaborative, and respectful relationships among special education teachers and general education teachers is a necessary ingredient for effective teaching and learning. By taking this course, learners will gain an understanding of the importance of positive relationship building with colleagues and its impact on improving our practice and making our schools a more effective environment for students. This course is particularly designed for Special Educators working in the K-12 setting.
Section 1: Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives
Section 2: Working Collaboratively to Meet the Needs of Students
A. Maria Has Two Teachers
B. Effective Collaboration
C. Special and General Education Working Collaboratively
D. Building Collaborative Relationships
E. Building Trust
F. Making Time for Collaboration
G. Ongoing Reflection and Discussion
H. Co-Teacher Dyads
I. Ask Questions and Offer Feedback
Section 3: Effective Co-Teaching
A. What is Co-Teaching?
B. What Makes Co-Teaching Effective?
C. Co-Teaching Models
D. Co-Developing Instructional Materials
E. Rubrics for Monitoring Student Progress
F. Lesson Study
Section 4: Outcomes of Effective Collaboration
A. Positive Impact on Student Achievement
B. Effects of Co-Teaching on Students with Disabilities
C. Effects of Co-Teaching on Students without Disabilities
Section 5: Conclusion
B. Course Contributors
Stephanie Twitty Carmon has over twenty-five years of experience as a Special Education Teacher, School Administrator, and District-Level Support Leader for Teacher Effectiveness. She is currently a Public Health Analyst at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) with the research team of RTI International on the Study to Explore Early Development (SEED). It is the largest study in the United States to help identify factors that may put children at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities. Disclosure: Stephanie Twitty Carmon has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Staff Writer: Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH
Nellie Galindo received her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked with individuals with disabilities in several different settings, including working as a direct service provider for individuals with mental illness and leading a youth program for young adults with disabilities. She has facilitated and created trainings for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the areas of self-advocacy, healthy relationships, sexual health education, and violence and abuse prevention. Mrs. Galindo has worked in state government assisting individuals with disabilities obtain accessible health information in their communities, as well as utilizing the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to healthcare services. Disclosure: Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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