Strategic Co-Teaching in Your School: Using the Co-Design Model

Authors: Richael Barger-Anderson, Robert S. Isherwood, Joseph Merhaut

Format: Paperback, 232 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781598571660
Price: $39.95

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As a school leader, you probably know about the benefits of co-teaching in inclusive classrooms—and maybe your school already puts it into practice. Now there's a book that helps your school take collaborative teaching and learning to the next level, so educators benefit from each other's expertise and all students succeed and meet their goals.

This book gives you a detailed, step-by-step guide to the research-based Co-Design Model, an innovative, schoolwide approach used in districts nationwide to strengthen collaboration andinclusion. Going far beyond typical co-teaching models focused only on instruction, the proven Co-Design Model works because it

  • targets nine areas essential to inclusive, collaborative education
  • creates a powerful network of support for teachers and administrators
  • improves all students' access to the general curriculum and highly qualified teachers
  • ensures appropriate instruction in the least restrictive environment
  • makes the most of each educator's background knowledge and skill sets
  • promotes trust, open dialogue, and parity between teaching partners
  • improves classroom management and creates a sense of community
  • increases student engagement and reduces off-task behavior

With the in-depth guidance, real-life success stories, and helpful forms and checklists in this book, you'll have what you need to implement the Co-Design Model. You'll also get dedicated chapters on four proven "pathways" that support the model: co-teaching, differentiated instruction, technology and scaffolding. Each chapter examines one pathway in detail and gives you strategies for promoting collaborative practices across grade levels and content areas.

Start putting the Co-Design Model to work in your school, and you'll see the benefits of truly inclusive, collaborative education: enhanced teacher performance and higher achievement for all students.


Review by: Jeffrey Finch, Principal, Hampton High School
“Provides a reality-based guide that can help educators develop effective co-teaching partnerships and practices. As a principal, I value the authors' unique level of practicality that is demonstrated through numerous real case scenarios and identifiable best practices.“
Review by: Dennis Munk, Professor of Education, Carthage College
“A field-tested, innovative framework . . . clearly describes what collaborators should know and what they should do, and provides many useful tools. Special educators, general educators, and administrators will find many uses for this forward-thinking resource.“
Review by: Robi Kronberg, Educational Consultant
“A comprehensive and practical guide designed to equip general and special educators with the understanding of how best to create successful learning environments for all students.“
Review by: Pamela Gent, Clarion University
“The forms in the book are wonderful . . . [and] the discussion starters cover almost everything that will be encountered in the co-teaching classroom and provide very effective tools to begin the co-design process.“
Review by: Ashlea Rineer-Hershey, Assistant Professor, California University of Pennsylvania
“Provides teacher teams with a step-by-step guide to implementing co-teaching effectively in inclusive classrooms.“

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Foreword:  Michelle Miller

I. Foundation

  1. Brief Overview of Special Education
  2. The Legal System's Impact on Inclusion

II. The Co-Design Model for Collaborative Instruction

  1. Explanation of the Model
    The Nine Elements of the Co-Design Model
  2. Leadership
  3. Assembly of Site
  4. Curriculum Knowledge
  5. Co-Instruction
  6. Classroom Management
  7. Adaptations, Accommodations, and Modifications
  8. Assessment
  9. Personality Types
  10. Co-Design Time
    The Four Pathways for Implementation
  11. Co-Teaching
  12. Differentiated Instruction
    Robert C. Snyder
  13. Technology
  14. Scaffolding

III. Conclusion

  1. Training and Professional Development
  2. Measuring Success and Closing Thoughts

Appendix of Blank Forms

  • Checklist for Assembly of Site
  • Curriculum Discussion Starters
  • Developing Common Principles with Your Co-Teaching Partner
  • Behavior Management Discussion Starter
  • Matrix of Student Needs
  • Shared Assessment
  • Co-Design Time Planning Calendar
  • Co-Teach Lesson Plan
  • Co-Teaching Observation Form
  • Co-Teaching Postobservation Conference

Annotated Bibliography

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