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:
- Full participation
- Collaborative Instruction
- Provision of services based on student needs, identified through data.
This model of teaching will allow greater flexibility as FWSU continues to embrace its vision of a belief in what is possible for our students.