Co-Teaching in Wisconsin
Co-Teaching is generally defined as two licensed educators, often a special education teacher and a general education teacher, sharing equal responsibility for planning, delivering, evaluating instruction, and learning to meet the diverse needs of students in a shared space. The overarching goal of co-teaching is to combine and expand upon the expertise of both professionals for the benefit of all students assigned to them. The co-teaching pair learn from each other, and over time, roles become more fluid such that planning, creating modifications, developing accommodations, and content instruction are all done by both as determined through co-planning and assessment of student needs. Attention to implementation science with regard to the application of evidence-based practices for the co-teaching model as well as instruction and behavioral supports is a critical factor to the success of co-teaching. The presence of a special education teacher in a general education classroom does not automatically mean the class is co-taught.
Components of Co-Teaching
- Adequate planning time for the co-teaching team to establish rapport, make curricular decisions, and honor and utilize both teachers' experiences and knowledge;
- Collective responsibility for the engagement of all students through delivery of instruction; and
- Ongoing assessment of progress for all students.
Co-teaching Tool Kit
- An Introductory Video about co-teaching was created to provide a quick overview of co-teaching.
- The Co-teaching Foundations for Success Selection and Reflection Tool is based on implementation science and was created for schools who are either considering first-time use of the co-teaching model or who have been implementing co-teaching and want to reflect on key factors of readiness required for co-teaching. In development.
- The Co-Teaching Implementation Checklist was designed for co-teaching pairs highlighting evidence-based practices to support identification of strengths in existing classroom practices and assist with development of next steps toward evidence-based practice implementation.