ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-10-209

Date Created : 06/09/2010


Co-op Directors
other: All Principals
LEA Supervisors
Federal Coordinators

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   Central Administration - Dr. Tom W. Kimbrell, Commissioner
Special Ed Programs: 2010-11 Co-Teaching Model Training

Regulatory Authority:
20 U.S.C.A., Section 1400 et seq.

Contact Person:
Ms. Rose Merry Kirkpatrick

Phone Number:


The AR Co-Teaching Project has enhanced its comprehensive co-teaching model professional development to include additional follow-up support in the form of onsite coaching for co-teachers and building leadership planning teams, as well as a “hands on” guided practice session for co-teachers designed to complement a co-teaching partnership foundational session. Schools eligible to participate include:

- Schools implementing the co-teaching model for the first time this year
- Schools with an existing co-teaching program who are interested in improving their program
- Schools who have participated in previous professional development who are interested in continued support

Schools interested in future implementation may contact Rose Merry Kirkpatrick for planning assistance but should wait until the implementation year to attend the professional development. Schools that participated in previous AR Co-Teaching Project’s professional development with intact building leadership teams may contact Ms. Kirkpatrick to find out about continuing professional development options.

The co-teaching model is designed to provide support to students with disabilities who are receiving their instruction in a general education classroom by training general and special education teacher partnerships to jointly plan, present, and assess the instruction provided to all students within the classroom. Based on research conducted on the co-teaching model, as well as data obtained from schools that have participated in previous professional development activities, the effectiveness of the model is dependent upon the degree to which general and special educators combine their instructional expertise and develop a collaborative co-teaching relationship, as well as the level of system support provided to the model. To this end, the co-teaching package includes three phases of professional development. The three phases are designed to (a) address system support through the creation of a building leadership team charged with implementation planning and ongoing oversight, (b) foundational and “hands-on” training for the co-teaching partnerships, and (c) follow-up support including on-site coaching, and a series of topical webinars.

Schools choosing to participate must commit to completing all three phases of the co-teaching professional development package. All building principals must sign the letter of agreement included in the application, and all participating schools must also agree to take part in a process to evaluate their implementation efforts including system support, classroom application, and student outcomes. An implementation evaluation plan will be provided during the building leadership team training to assist teams with these requirements.

For a more detailed description of the three phase professional development package, session dates, and fee information, see the attached information sheet and registration application.


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