Preparing Educators as Leaders

Co-Teaching & Collaboration Model

Although co-teaching is not a new phenomenon, its application to the student teaching arena is a relatively new area of study. Co-teaching is defined as two teachers (in our case clinical supervisor and student teacher) working together with groups of students – sharing the planning, organization, delivery and assessment, of instruction as well as the physical space. Both teachers are actively involved and engaged in all aspects of teaching and instruction. We will be looking at the following co-teaching advantages as we implement this model in our PDS schools:

  • Reduces student/teacher ratios
  • Enhances the ability to meet student needs in a large and diverse classroom
  • Increases student engagement
  • Build more consistent classroom management
  • Increases instructional options for all students
  • Enhances overall collaboration skills.

"Co-teaching is one of the elements of the KU PDS program. We have created this brief presentation for KU student teachers/interns and clinical supervisors to review and get familiar with. You will receive further instructions from your administrator on any possible professional development dates for co-teaching." Downloand PowerPoint of Co-teaching Strategies (PPT)

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KU PDS Alliance Contacts

Joseph NovakDr. Joe Novak
PDS Director

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Nicole SingletonDr. Nicole S. Babalola
PDS Coordinator

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