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TTAC Co-Teaching Network


SUMMARY: Region 5 Co-Teaching Network (R5CTN) to offer continued support and professional learning.

During the summer of 2020, the VDOE Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) in JMU's College of Education,  launched the Region 5 Co-Teaching Network (R5CTN). The goal of this initiative is to offer continued support and professional learning after the VDOE summer webinar series, “Looking Forward to Co-Teaching 2020-2021” with Dr. Marilyn Friend and the Inclusive Schools Webinar series with Dr. Frances Stetson, of Stetson and Associates. The launch involved inviting over 200 Region 5 co-teachers and administrators that had taken part in the VDOE’s webinar series, but anyone is welcome, and many others have joined.

Co-Teaching is an arrangement that pairs a general education teacher and a specialist teacher together to serve students with and without special needs in the general education classroom. Students with Individualized Education Plans or those who are English Language Learners are able to learn alongside their typically developing peers in the classroom as opposed to being pulled out for services throughout the day. Co-teaching arrangements can have numerous benefits for everyone involved; the teachers and both populations of students, but they also come with challenges.

The Region 5 Co-Teaching Network is designed to connect co-teachers to resources, events, and each other. Monthly “Coffee with Coordinators” virtual events are held for co-teachers across the region to connect, share ideas, and discuss all things co-teaching.

Click here for the February newsletter advertising the spring “Coffee with Coordinators” series and other events.

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Published: Friday, February 12, 2021

Last Updated: Thursday, February 18, 2021

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