AR Co-Teaching Project’s Comprehensive
Professional Development Package
The Arkansas (AR) Co-Teaching Project’s comprehensive Co-Teaching Model professional development package includes a yearlong combination of traditional and “hands on” guided practice face-to-face trainings, online support, and onsite coaching visits. The package would be appropriate for:
- Schools implementing the co-teaching model for the first time this year
- Schools with an existing co-teaching program interested in improving implementation fidelity
- Schools that have participated in previous professional development through this project and are interested in continued support
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 available to the school’s co-teaching program. 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 onsite coaching and a series of topical webinars.
Deadline September 26, 2014