Watson Chronicle

WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Support for Educators in the Field

WCE and SEA Host Co-Teaching Conference

Monday, March 02, 2015

Terri Collins, assistant professor of special education at the Watson College, teamed with Southeast Education Alliance (SEA) executive director Linda Lowe to develop a two-part series to foster special educator and general educator collaboration in the elementary classroom.

At the first professional development training workshop in the series titled "Co-Teaching: Special Education and General Education Collaboration for Grades K-5," held in October, Collins introduced strategies for implementing co-teaching. In a follow-up workshop on Feb. 3, teams comprised of a general educator and a special educator returned to the Watson College to hone their co-teaching skills.

Collins, who holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education, is passionate about the topic.

"Research shows that teacher collaboration improves the quality of instruction for students with and without disabilities," Collins said. "I enjoyed having the opportunity to share strategies for success with a group of teachers."

Lowe said Collins' enthusiasm was contagious.

"Participants were surprised to learn how co-teaching is so beneficial to all learners," Lowe said. "Terri modeled great teaching and motivated participants to improve their co-teaching skills. The group was very appreciative of all the resources and strategies that she shared."

Lowe and Collins hope to continue their collaboration on co-teaching workshops.