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Collaboration

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.

Resources and Strategies

Scheduling for Success- Common Planning Time

Together We Learn Better: Inclusive Schools Benefit All Children

Sharing Resources On-Line

Finding Time for Collaboration and Using It Well

pdf3.pngIncreasing Effectiveness of In-Class Support for Teachers and Principals

pdf3.pngCollaborative Teaching/Support Facilitation Observation Protocol for Principals

Web 2.0 Applications

Edmodo Online Collaborative Community

Get Connected
  • Create your school or district's Edmodo web address
  • Connect teachers, students, and parents, securely in real-time
The Power of Community
  • Support teacher adoption, collaboration and use
  • Share educational content and engage in professional development with a global community of educators
Analyze Activity
  • Track classroom and school participation
  • Measure engagement 
    and adoption
  • Manage Users

http://www.edmodo.com/

Skype and ePals in the Classroom

The ePals Global Community™ is the world's largest network of K-12 classrooms, enabling students and teachers to safely connect and collaborate on projects with classrooms worldwide.

Skype in the classroom is a free community to help teachers everywhere use Skype to help their students learn. It’s a place for teachers to connect with each other, find partner classes and share inspiration. This is a global initiative that was created in response to the growing number of teachers using Skype in their classrooms.

Skype in the Classroom

ePals: Skyping with Classrooms Around the World

The Complete Educator's Guide to Using Skype in the Classroom

 

Professional Reading

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 in the differentiated classroom: Successful collaboration, lesson design, and classroom management, Grades 5-12. San Francisco, CA:Josey-Bass.  Practical tools and strategies for teachers seeking to establish or improve collaborative teaching and differentiated instruction.

Murawski, W. (2010). Collaborative teaching in elementary schools: making the co-teaching marriage work! Thousand Oaks, CA : Corwin Press.  A thorough investigation of the elements of collaborative teaching; from building the relationship, classroom management, sharing responsibilities, planning instruction to working with parents.

Links

This great resource explains what co-teaching IS and IS NOT.

www.k8accesscenter.org/documents/AllHandouts_000.pdf

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Comprehensive site offering information on inclusion and the powerful nature of collaboration. Co-teaching section provides useful information on how to get started, plan programs, and problem solve. Includes training for teachers and post-secondary students.

www.powerof2.org

Doing What Works -

Resource for research-based education principles online.

http://dww.ed.gov/practice/?T_ID=19&P_ID=41 -