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The Reality of Co-Teaching and Making it Work for You

This course is designed for classroom teachers, special educators, administrators and paraprofessionals who are currently co-teaching or plan to co-teach this school year.

Course Description

Co-teaching is becoming a very popular instructional practice in the inclusive classroom. Many teachers have had little or no preparation in this approach of instruction delivery, and some have take then leap into co-teaching these last few years. In either scenario, there is much we can still learn. It is our hope that this hands-on course; which is designed for co-teaching teams, will provide creative ways to enhance instruction for the inclusive classroom and offer some practical tools to augment a productive co-teaching relationship. Using Responsive Classroom techniques, dialogue education and differentiated instruction techniques, we hope to energize your team for a successful and engaging co-teaching year!
The “Reality” of Co-Teaching and Making it Work for You!

Course Objectives:

1. Learn the various models of co-teaching and how to organize your space for successful co-teaching.
2. Identify the factors that influence successful co-teaching.
3. Identify and learn ways to create a highly engaged classroom.
4. Design five lessons which could be used within the first six weeks of school.
5. Plan a unit of study which reflects the Common Core.
6. Design, implement and videotape two co-teaching lessons and critique the lesson with regards to student engagement and lesson implementation.
7. Reflect on your co-teaching journey in the fall.
8. Read a variety of material and respond deeply to the professional literature and reflect on your own professional practice.

Required Reading:

1. Marzano, R. (2011), The Highly Engaged Classroom.  Marzano Research Laboratory, Bloomington, IN.
2. Lodato, G. (2011), Teaching in Tandem:  Effective Co-Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom.  ASCD, Alexandria, VA.
3. Supplemental Course Readings will be provided (journal articles)

We would also suggest (but not required):
4. Villa, R.A., Thousand, J.S. & Nevin, A.I. (2008), A Guide to Co-Teaching:  Practical Tips for Facilitating Student Learning.  Corwin Press.

About the Instructors

Heather Dion is a 5th grade classroom teacher at Rumney Memorial School in Middlesex, Vermont.  She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and her Masters in Elementary Education from the University of New Hampshire. Heather has taught in the upper elementary grades for the past ten years and she is also a certified Responsive Classroom trainer.  Heather and her co-teacher, Loralyn LeBlanc, have collaborated over the last two years developing a co-teaching model in their inclusive classroom.  She is very committed to supporting other professionals reach their co-teaching goals.

Loralyn LeBlanc is a Learning Specialist and 5th Grade Co-Teacher at Rumney Memorial School in Middlesex, Vermont.  She completed her Masters of Arts degree in Special Education at Assumption College and her Doctorate of Education from the University of Vermont.  Loralyn was a coordinator of professional development for the Stern Center for Language and Learning for three years and has been a special educator for the past eleven years.  In addition to working at Rumney School, she is a literacy consultant for the Vermont Reads Institute, an adjunct faculty member for Union Institute and University and the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative.  Loralyn and her co-teacher, Heather Dion, have collaborated over the last two years developing a co-teaching model in their inclusive classroom.  She is very committed to supporting other professionals reach their co-teaching goals.