Target 1 – Student-Centered Learning. FWSU students will engage in personalized learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.
Action Step – Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students and staff.
Indicator of Success – Students and staff will apply existing knowledge to create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
Students with special needs have rights to services in school under federal and state laws. Special education is a set of services, rather than a specific “place” for a child to go. The general education classroom is considered the least restrictive environment (LRE) for most students. Almost six million students in the U.S. receive special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Most special education students spend the majority of their day in general education classrooms.
One of the learning opportunities that is offered to some BFA Fairfax High School students, is a standards-based learning program called Plato Courseware. This program provides rigorous, relevant curriculum that challenges and engages students with a digital-age approach using interactive, media-rich content. The product features course-level assessments to determine the unique needs of students and shifts focus to areas that need improvement rather than areas where students can already demonstrate mastery.
Co-teaching involves two or more licensed professionals:
- sharing responsibility for the instruction of a group of students with and without IEPs.
- playing an active role in jointly planning and delivering instruction and assessing student learning. This means that the two educators need shared time to prepare for and evaluate co-teaching.
- responding to the diverse needs of students in a manner that better meets the needs of a unique population. Co-teaching has numerous advantages such as sharing of professional expertise.
- instructing in the same classroom space. Co-teaching does not mean that two teachers will plan together and then work with groups of students in separate spaces. While this might happen occasionally it is not a regular practice in co-teaching
The facilitation of this learning through a co-teaching lab model, where special educators and classroom teachers are working together to shape a new culture of learning and leading in the 21st Century.