Dear Parents and Guardians,
On Wednesday afternoon, Mrs. Doucette, Ms. Nixon and I spent the late afternoon up at Plymouth State University, learning more about co-teaching. Instead of the old fashion way of student teaching, we are utilizing a co-teaching model. This model was created, implemented and researched through the St. Cloud State University. This innovative work was originally
undertaken through a U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Enhancement Partnership Grant for $5 Million awarded in 2003. Co-teaching is defined as two teachers working together with groups of students and sharing the planning, organization, delivery and assessment of instruction and physical space.
Benefits of Co-Teaching
• Increased options for flexible grouping of students
• Enhanced collaboration skills for the teacher candidate and cooperating teacher
• Professional support for both the cooperating teacher and the teacher candidate
• Another set of eyes to watch and help problem solve
• Flexibility to try things you wouldn’t be as willing to do alone
• Help in classroom and lesson preparation
• Help with classroom management
• Diversity and size of today’s classrooms
o Reduce student/teacher ratio
o Increase instructional options for all students
o Diversity of instructional styles
o Greater student-engaged time
o Greater student participation levels
Data from using the Co-Teaching Model
In each of the four years, the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) indicated a statistically significant increase in academic performance in reading and math proficiency for students in co-taught classrooms as compared to students in
non co-taught classrooms. The Woodcock-Johnson III (Research Edition) showed a statistically significant gain in all four years in reading and in two of the four years in math.
We are fortunate to be a part of this program with the Plymouth State Early Childhood Studies Program and for our work with Dr. Mary Cornish, Dr. Elisabeth Johnston and Dr. Patricia Cantor.
Have a great weekend!