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.

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

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

Together We Learn Better: Inclusive Schools Benefit All Children

The journey to becoming an Inclusive School may be long and challenging at times, but ultimately this journey can strengthen a school community and benefitALL children.  "Inclusion" does not simply mean the placement of students with disabilities in general education classes.  This process must incorporate fundamental change in the way a school community supports and addresses… Read more

School Climate: Working Together for Success

The campus administrator plays an important role in establishing school climate.  It is the administrator who provides the vision and guidance needed to establish a positive campus environment.  Successful principals understand that positive relationships and respect for others are necessary for student success.  They realize the attitudes and actions of adults in the learning place… Read more