Franklin West Supervisory Union recently received approval from the VT Agency of Education for a Co-Teaching Plan. The plan will require initial training for identified special educators and regular educators who will form an initial Co-Teaching cohort. Gabrielle Marquette is a Master Level Special Educator and a Rowland Fellow focusing her research on personalized learning. She will be leading the professional development to assist in developing FWSU’s Co-Teaching framework.


In the Co-Teaching model, educators will engage in professional development centered on:

  • Establishing Rapport
  • Teaching Styles
  • Strengths & Weaknesses
  • IEPs & Goals
  • Building a Unified Team
  • Taking Risks in order to grow
  •  How Co-teaching will be viewed as a successful year for both teachers and students?

Co-Teaching teams including a regular and a special education teacher will plan lessons and teach a subject together to a class of special and regular education students. Co-Teachers will support academic diversity in the regular classroom and provide all students with access to the curriculum. The Co-Teaching teams will focus on three critical areas:

  1. Full participation
  2. Collaborative Instruction
  3. Provision of services based on student needs, identified through data.

gabrielle2This model of teaching will allow greater flexibility as FWSU continues to embrace its vision of a belief in what is possible for our students.


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