Co-Teaching for Successful Inclusion
Instructor: Michelle Kalina
Grading: Letter or S/U
Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)
Instruction Mode: Correspondence
Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development
NDSU Credit Fee: $350
Partner Class Offered Through Northstar Continuing Education
All students need to have access to the general education curriculum and to be taught in the least restrictive environment with their peers. Co-Teaching blends the best teaching techniques of general and special education teachers into a unique learning experience that benefits every student in the classroom. Many school districts across the country are turning away from the standard pull-out model of special education services and are providing the services students need in the classroom with their peers. Many general education teachers are at a loss to help their struggling students that didn't quite meet the criteria for special education services. Co-Teaching is the solution! Students in your classroom will learn according to their unique learning styles and will have more opportunities to learn and practice skills, have more teacher contact time, become responsible and organized learners, increase their self-esteem and opportunities for success and benefit from the latest teaching techniques in the least restrictive environment. As a result, educators will see the academic gap between regular and special education students decrease and an increase in student responsibility and leadership in managing materials and taking ownership of their learning. Grades for all students will increase and the negative behaviors that result from academic struggles and lack of a personal relationship with teachers will decrease.
As a result of this participation in this course, students should:
- Learn how to co-teach with general and special educators, understanding the strengths that each professional brings to the classroom and how to apply teaching strategies to meet national, state and Individualized Education Plan goals and standards. Teachers will observe successful co-teaching techniques in the DVD provided with the textbook.
- Identify and solve concerns that general educators may have concerning special education students in their class (and vice versa) and how to share responsibility for student achievement.
- Understanding and apply formative and summative assessments and identify non-traditional ways in which to assess student learning in general and modified curricula.
- Understand the differences between classroom accommodations and modifications, and how to best use them in the classroom to reach each student's academic potential.
- Create co-teaching lesson plans that incorporate instructional strategies appropriate for students from Kindergarden through High School.
- Learn specific techniques such as cooperative and peer assisted learning communities, graphic organizers, study and test taking skills, self-advocacy and goal setting to improve student outcomes.
The required reading is found in the text and accompanying DVD listed below. The required text is:
Potts, E. & Howard, L. (2011). How to Co-Teach: A Guide for General Special Educators. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.
Textbook(s) not included in the cost of the course.