The focus on successful collaborative teaching partnerships is the responsibility of not only teachers, but the campus administration as well. Provided below are tools for teachers and principals to support effective collaborative teaching on their campus.


Collaborative Teaching Observation Protocol

The collabroative teaching observation protocol is a form developed by Stetson & Associates, Inc. to evaluate and increase the effectiveness of in-class support. Peers, collaborative coaches or principals may use this form to document instructional activities and models of collaborative teaching used in the classroom. Teaching partners may use the observation notes to further improve… Read More


Increasing the Effectiveness of In-Class Support

Collaborative teaching is an instructional delivery strategy in which two or more certified teachers share the roles and responsibilities of instruction in the same classroom at the same time. Collaborative teaching partners should consider the following conditions for successful co-teaching: Joint planning Shared ownership and accountability for all students in the class Equitable responsibility for the… Read More

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Finding Time for Collaboration and Using it Well

The frustration regarding limited time for collaborative teaching partners to meet and plan instruction are high on most lists of co-teachers. Within the past five years, there have been many articles written about the necessity of quality planning time. As a result, many principals have made certain to build into their master schedules a planning opportunity for grade level teams… Read More


Teach Like It’s Friday Night

Author: John Walsh, M.Ed. What if your students had to perform every Friday night in a stadium of cheering fans?  If you observe them preparing for that performance during the week, you will notice two key ingredients also found in a quality curricular lesson. The athletic skills utilized during practices are the number of repetitions each athlete practices… Read More


Six Approaches to Collaborative Teaching Tutorial

What are the roles for co-teachers? From Marilyn Friend's work, there are six different roles for collaborative teachers. In the best partnerships, each of these roles is used in response to student interests, learning needs, curriculum content, and effective instructional practices and teacher partner strengths and interests. We will provide a brief description of these… Read More


New Models of Support History Lesson

In order to understand the need for new models of support, let's look at a brief history lesson related to staffing for special programs in American schools. There have been several positive shifts in education! New Models of Support History Lesson… Read More


Sharing Resources Online

Do you want to collaborate and share resources with other teachers on-line? Do you want to create a webpage where students can access resources and information? Do you want a network where parents can find information and resources that can help them support their child at home? Using a web page to communicate and post… Read More


Scheduling for Success: Common Planning Time

Common planning time among educators is a crucial element in the success of an inclusive school. Planning time helps improve instruction by allowing teachers to share best practices, look at students' work, and plan curriculum and lessons together. In order for planning to contribute meaningfully to curriculum development and implementation, sufficient time should be built… Read More

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Celebrating Collaborative Teaching Success

Collaboration among people is one of the most important factors in successful inclusive schools. Inclusive Schools Week happens during a time that many cultures consider a season of celebration and giving. This is a perfect time to celebrate the people who you credit with being supportive of inclusive education in your school and community—the teachers… Read More


Professional Reading: Collaboration

Friend, M. (2002).  Interactions: Collaboration skills for school professionals.Boston: Allyn and Bacon.  Offers skills for educators to foster a collaborative environment. Villa, R., Thousand, J. & Nevin, A. (2004).  A guide to co-teaching: Practical tips for facilitating student learning.  Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press.  Great for first -time teacher teams. Fattig, M. & Taylor, M. (2005).  Co-Teaching… Read More