Q - What is the difference between inclusion and co-teaching?
A - Inclusion is the idea that all students should be welcomed as part of the classroom, even if their abilities differ greatly. Co-teaching (or Team Teaching) is a service model that means a general education teacher and a special education teacher jointly provide instruction to a class that includes both students with and students without disabilities, to meet the diverse learning needs of all students in one class.Q - Why do schools use co-teaching?A - Co-teaching reduces the stigma for students with special needs and prevents them from being removed from the classroom to receive specialized instruction. It also increases the understanding and respect for students with special needs on the part of the other students. All students feel supported in a co-teaching classroom, regardless of their ability level.Q - If my student does not have a disability will they still receive a good education?A - In co-taught classrooms, ALL students receive improved instruction. This includes students who are academically gifted and talented, students who have average ability, students who are at risk of failure, and students who are identified as having special needs. Imagine a classroom where instruction is tailored to meet the needs of your individual child - that's a co-teaching classroom!Q - Who is responsible for my child's grades?A - Both teachers share all responsibilities of the classroom, including grading. Each teacher is responsible for planning instruction, providing instruction, assigning grades, and providing accommodations and modifications to those students who require them.Q - Why is my child receiving some instruction in a resource room?A - A resource room is an environment in which your child receives instruction using the exact same materials and programs that their classroom teacher uses (although in this type of setting, additional materials may be used in conjunction with existing programs). However, in a resource room, instruction can be tailored specifically for your individual child. If he/she benefits from being taught at a slower pace, or is easily distracted in the general classroom setting, then a resource room might be the perfect choice for them. Since a resource room contains a small group of students (typically no more than six), your child is receiving a lot of individualized attention and support.