Purpose and Definition
A common form of collaboration in schools is "Co-Teaching", which Friend & Cook (2003) define as "two or more professionals jointly delivering substantive instruction to a diverse, blended group of students in a single, physical space." These sorts of arrangements between professionals facilitate greater levels of inclusion, which can lead to increase performance for all students (Cole, S., et. al., 2019).
Effective co-teaching, however, doesn't simply happen because two teachers are scheduled together. It requires a great deal of planning, compromise, trust, and - most critically - quality training. The Center on Education and Lifelong Learning (CELL) has incorporated a range of the most up-to-date research and practices into its four-part framework for co-teaching, which features:
- Establishing and maintaining collaborative partnerships
- Instructional planning
- Instruction delivery
- Sustainability & Scale-up
Training and Support Options
We offer a number of routes through which teachers and administrators can receive training and support.
One- or two-day training sessions located in your district. Participants develop awareness and understanding of the CELL four-part framework, and begin to develop skills in collaboration and planning. Includes time for co-planning with partners, and feedback from trainers. These sessions are arranged by contract.
Consultation and Coaching:
For schools and districts that have participated in our in-district sessions, we offer on-site observation and feedback. Trainers come to participants' co-taught classrooms, observe lessons, and meet with partners to engage in reflective dialogue and planning. These session are arranged by contract.
CELL offers a free, self-paced online overview of our co-teaching framework. A certificate can be printed when completed for those who want PGP points.
Instructions for Online Course Registration
For more information please contact James Robinson