Teacher Collaboration and Coteaching in Support of Multilingual Learners

Are you in a situation where you are co-teaching, co-planning, or collaborating in the classroom? If you’re looking for valuable resources to enhance your collaboration and teaching skills, then the Pre-Season Special Populations conference held on October 24th has something special for you. The event, led by the renowned Andrea Honigsfeld, who is an author, consultant, and professor at Molloy University, delved into the critical topic of “Teacher Collaboration and Coteaching in Support of Multilingual Learners.” Link to Resources: https://padlet.com/ahonigsfeld/mde-collaboration-and-co-planning-qlv8l8ks8eted1nf

This conference addressed two essential questions that are at the heart of effective teaching for multilingual learners:

  • What types of collaboration within the Grade K-12 context yield the most effective instruction to meet the diverse academic, linguistic, and social-emotional development needs of English Language Learners (ELLs)?
  • How do you implement the collaborative instructional cycle and various co-teaching models to enhance differentiation of instruction for multilingual learners?

During this event, participants had the opportunity to:

  • Determine how specific collaborative and co-teaching practices can offer effective support for inclusive practices to accommodate the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners, help all students meet national and state learning standards, and enhance collaboration among their teachers.
  • Identify, describe, and evaluate several instructional and non-instructional collaborative approaches; view and analyze video clips of teacher collaboration in authentic and realistic situations.
  • Identify, describe, and evaluate several co-teaching models; view and analyze video clips of co-teaching in authentic and realistic situations.
  • Select, adapt, and combine collaborative arrangements presented that would be feasible for their own teaching situation, including identifying specific types of classroom practices that work best in combination with various co-teaching models.

In the ever-evolving landscape of education, effective collaboration and co-teaching are crucial for ensuring that all students, including multilingual learners, receive the support and instruction they need to thrive. If you missed this conference, consider exploring the resources and insights shared to further enhance your teaching practices. Your dedication to providing the best possible education for your students is commendable, and continuous learning and collaboration are key to your success in the classroom.