(C) Students with Disabilities are Engaged in Core Curriculum Instruction 

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Staff is Collaborating to Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities

Implementation Keys

Important Questions

Tools and Resources

1. General and Special Education Staff: Roles and Responsibilities Microsoft Word icon.


2. Overview and 5 Step Process to Collaborative Meetings PDF icon.


3. Collaborative Meeting Tool: Matrix of Support PDF icon.


4. Effective use of Paraprofessionals Resources:

Special education staff are included as an integral part of grade-level curriculum planning meetings

  • Is special education staff regularly attending curriculum planning meetings for the grade-levels with a high number of students with disabilities?
  • Are accommodations & modifications discussed when planning curriculum?

Common planning time regularly occurs between general and special education staff to discuss the needs of students with disabilities

  • Does the administration support regularly scheduled common planning time between general and special education staff?
  • Do the general and special education staff consistently monitor performance and behavior data of students with disabilities?
  • Are students’ responses to intervention monitored and programming changes discussed?
  • Are paraprofessionals meeting with general and special education teachers?
  • Are paraprofessionals trained and supervised to support students effectively including fading as appropriate?



School is Implementing Effective Co-teaching Practices

Implementation Keys

Important Questions

Tools and Resources

Assess the Current Collaborative Culture at the School

  • What level of collaboration currently exists between general and special education staff? Is the current collaborative culture conducive to co-teaching?
  • Do staff understand the spectrum of services that can be offered – in-class support, separate class, co-teaching, consultation, teaming?

1. Marilyn Friend Resources


2. Access Center: Co-teaching Informational Power Point Opens in a new window icon.


3. OSES Co-teaching Training

Identify Strong Candidates to Implement Co-teaching & Select a Co-teaching Approach

  • Do students’ IEPs indicate a need for co-teaching?
  • Do the co-teaching candidates understand the different co-teaching approaches?
  • Are the co-teaching candidates able to implement the co-teaching approaches according to the lesson’s purpose?

4. Overview of Co-teaching Approaches and Factors to ConsiderPDF icon.

Provide the Supports Needed to Allow Effective Implementation of Co-teaching

  • What amount of planning time is needed by co-teaching staff?
  • How will schedules be arranged so that co-teachers have the opportunity to co-plan?
  • What staff development is needed in order to extend co-teaching practices?

5. Co-Planning Teacher Resources:


6. Principal Resources:



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Page Last Modified on Friday, February 11, 2011

Contact information

Office of Special Education & Supports
125 South Clark Street
8th Floor

Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (773) 553-1800
Fax: (773) 553-1801