The Virginia Department of Education has identified 24 co-teaching demonstration sites through the Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative. These model sites provide opportunities for co-teaching partners across the state to observe excellence in co-teaching. The sites highlight research-based inclusive practices to meet the needs of all students within the general education classroom. At each model site, the co-teaching teams share with visitors co-planning, co-instructing, and co-assessing practices that have moved their students to success. Within Region 3, the following teams have been identified to serve as model sites:
- David Gahagan and Mary-Meaghan Clark at Spotsylvania High School and
- Amanda Watts and Kelly Feasel at King George High School
For more information about the Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative, or to arrange a visit to one of these model sites, please contact Cami Wright, firstname.lastname@example.org, at T/TAC, College of William and Mary. Co-Teaching and Inclusive Practices materials are available on the VDOE website.
||“Working together in an open-minded environment for nine years has helped greatly in our classroom. There is a level of trust and respect of each other’s ideas. We know what will work and can communicate about students’ needs with ease.” David Gahagan and Mary-Meaghan Clark – Spotsylvania High School, Spotsylvania County Public Schools
||“As a new team, we continually try different styles of teaching to see how our students respond best. We lean on one another’s strengths and rely on the diversification of our backgrounds to create the best classroom environment for all students. Having two teachers allows us the opportunity to read the pulse of the classroom and consider our students learning needs when planning.”Amanda Watts and Kelly Feasel – King George High School, King George County Schools