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Collaborative Teaching Training

May 4, 2006

The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (AEA) is assisting local school districts in meeting the Highly Qualified Teacher requirements for special education teachers that are contained in the federal No Child Left Behind Act and in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. These laws now require middle and high school special education teachers to be highly qualified in each content subject area they solely teach. These content areas include mathematics, science, social studies, English, reading, language arts, foreign languages, civics, government, economics, arts, history and geography.

Since it is very unlikely a special education teacher could take the necessary coursework to be highly qualified in each of the content areas, the best and most practical way to meet the requirements is through collaboration among general education teachers who are highly qualified in the content areas and special education teachers.

The Mississippi Bend AEA has begun a series of training opportunities about how to best implement such collaboration. Training began in April of this year and will extend through the 2006-07 school year. Teams of general education teachers, special education teachers and Mississippi Bend AEA will receive this training and implement collaborative teaching models.

Research indicates that all students, including those with disabilities, learn best when taught by teachers with content area expertise and when effective instruction occurs. Collaborative teaching combines the content expertise of general education teachers with the knowledge of specialized instructional strategies of special education teachers.

For more information about training on collaborative teaching to meet the Highly Qualified Teacher requirements of No Child Left Behind and the Individuals with Disabilities Education, contact Tete Long, Interim Director of Special Education, 563-344-6201 or 800-947-239, extension 201.

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