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posted Sep 21, 2014, 4:36 PM by jmarcotte@sau4.org

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!