Inclusive Teaching Practices

Co-Teaching

SST8 offers multiple supports for co-teaching in schools. Many schools have found co-teaching to be an effective instructional practice as they strive to meet the needs of all learners while serving students in their least restrictive environment. Typically we work with a school to determine the best way to address needs. The options below are not an exhaustive list but are some of the supports we have utilized with schools:

  • General overview: May include models of co-teaching, what it means to co-teach, tips on collaborative practice such as planning together, etc.
  • Workshop series: May include multiple sessions where co-teachers work together to plan lessons while receiving targeted professional development in the areas of differentiation, assessment, data analysis and UDL practices.
  • Informal classroom observations and feedback on inclusive practices may occur on an ongoing basis to give teachers immediate feedback about their co-teaching practice and ideas to implement in the future. The observations usually occur in conjunction with other co-teaching trainings.

How Leaders Go Beyond Inclusion

Co-Teaching Resources

Universal Design for Learning

The goal of education in the 21st century is not simply the mastery of content knowledge or use of new technologies. It is the mastery of the learning process. Education should help turn novice learners into expert learners—individuals who want to learn, who know how to learn strategically, and who, in their own highly individual and flexible ways, are well prepared for a lifetime of learning. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) helps educators meet this goal by providing a framework curriculum and lesson development that meets the needs of all learners from the start, by offering students with multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement. (Source: National Center on Universal Design for Learning)

The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) offers a variety of resources and support for UDL, including professional development webinars, videos, tools, and technical assistance to help design educational environments that enable all learners to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning.

UDL Resources

For more information on SST8 support for co-teaching, contact:

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Kathryn Vuchak
Consultant
330-945-5600 x511272
KathrynV@cybersummit.org

For more information on SST8 support for Universal Design for Learning (UDL), contact:

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Tracy Mail
Consultant
330-945-5600 x511265
tracym@cybersummit.org

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