St. Cloud State University is known for it’s nationally recognized Co-Teaching approach to student teaching. This model was developed by a team from SCSU led by Director Nancy Bacharach as part of a Teacher Quality Enhancement grant. Nancy and Teresa Heck are continuing the work out of the Academy for Co-Teaching and Collaboration at SCSU. You can learn more about their work at www.stcloudstate.edu/soe/coteaching.
This model has been supported by data that indicates P-12 students have greater reading and math achievement in classes where they are co-taught by a teacher candidate and cooperating teacher, than by a teacher candidate or classroom teacher alone.
At TPI, we are working to expand this co-teaching model in several ways based on recommendations from our Co-Teaching Task Force. Specifically, we want to foster a culture of Co-Teaching at SCSU and in our six partner districts.
- We are supporting train-the-trainer workshops this summer for teachers in our partner districts to enhance their co-teaching infrastructure for hosting teacher candidates as well as promoting co-teaching infrastructure for hosting teacher candidates as well as promoting co-teaching between two licensed teachers and in induction programs.
- Faculty will also be invited to participate in these workshops to build our internal capacity for co-teaching.
- We want to provide multiple opportunities for students to experience co-teaching before student teaching, and will be working with faculty across the institution to not only incorporate co- teaching into their curriculum, but also support the modeling of co-teaching between two faculty from different departments, as well as faculty and P-12 teachers co-teaching content and methods courses.
All of our NExT partners (www.nextprogram.org) have adopted our Co-Teaching model for student teaching, and we look forward to continuing to innovate in the application of our model.
How could you use Co-Teaching to support student learning in your classroom?