Benefits Of Co Teaching For Students With Special Education

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Integrated Co-teaching is two or more teachers delivering instruction at the same time in the same physical space to a heterogeneous group of students (Friend and Cook, 2004). A student with special needs has the right to a free and appropriate public education. This is mandated under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA 2004). This law also states that a student should be educated in their least restrict environment. Ideally, this would be the general education classroom. Co-teaching was designed to support the needs of students with disabilities in a general education setting. Research studies have shown that co-teaching can be very effective for students with special needs, especially those with milder disabilities such as learning disabilities. When implemented correctly, co-teaching can be a very successful way to teach all students in a classroom setting (Friend and Cook, 2004.) The purpose of this literature analysis is to review research to explore the benefits of co-teaching for students both general and special education. It will also examine the benefits co-teaching has on professionals that participate in co-teaching classrooms. A brief review of research around co-teaching and professional development will be written for the purpose of a grant proposal.

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Most recently, the No Child Left Behind Act has placed pressure on educators to ensure that all students, including those with disabilities and other special needs, meet set…
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