ELL EC Collaboration Guidelines

Asheboro City Schools
Successful collaboration requires all involved teachers to plan for instruction regularly;
with each teacher contributing based on his or her area of expertise.
Teaching pair (general education and Specialist) plans together at least once weekly.
Each member of the teaching pair contributes to lesson plans according to
his/her area of expertise.
 ELL: Lesson plans include content area and English language
Instructional objectives and strategies (MPI’s).
Teaching teams/pairs engage in long-term planning together for one full day at
least three times per year.
Successful collaboration requires teachers to co-teach in the mainstream
classroom, with each teacher having a substantive role in instruction.
Teaching pair effectively uses a variety of co-teaching models
The co-teaching model chosen should vary often according to lesson objectives and student needs.
Students are placed in flexible groups that change according to lesson objectives
and student needs.
 Teachers vary the roles they play during instruction.
 Students view Specialist ( ELL/EC/AIG/ RF) and general education teachers as equals.
Successful collaboration requires that teaching partners assume equal responsibility
ASSESSMENT for assessment and reporting of student progress.
Specialists and general education teachers are both involved in ongoing assessment of
student progress.
 Teaching pairs establish meetings in which they discuss student progress based on
classroom assessments and more formal achievement data ex SRI, Assessment Wall, etc.
 Both members of the teaching pair contribute to development of Personal Education Plans (
PEP’s) for ELL/ EC student.
 Both teachers meet with parents at conferences when possible.
 Teaching pair makes decisions about services based on students’ needs, not traditional practices.
Successful collaboration requires ongoing, honest reflection and learning by teaching
REFLECTION pairs and teams.
Teaching teams share their beliefs and talk about issues that affect their co-teaching.
Teaching pair makes plans together for how they will accommodate their different
teaching styles and personalities.
Teaching pair reflects on lessons taught together and incorporates new ideas into
future plans.
ELL Department
Exceptional Education Program
Asheboro City Schools
Successful collaboration requires that teachers have sufficient time for planning and reflection,
preferably within the school day.
ELL/EC/AIG services are identified as high Priority in the development of school schedules. These services
are scheduled before other activities.
Collaborating teachers have time to plan together in at least one of the following
o ELL teachers’ preparation times are aligned with general education
o colleagues’ preparation times, or School administrators ensure that release or compensated time is
scheduled for teaching pairs to work together on a regular basis.
School administrators require the participation of all teaching teams in planning
and reflection time.
Teaching pair is provided with support and guidance for how to use their common
planning and reflection time.
ELL clustered students should receive approximately one hours of collaborative instruction daily.
EC students according to IEP service delivery time.
Successful collaboration requires that instructional spaces are used effectively to support
collaborative instruction.
The Specialist’s office and/or teaching space should be located in close
proximity to general education partners’ classrooms.
Students and teachers view all available teaching spaces as shared spaces.
Specialist teachers are provided with space as needed in each classroom where they are co-teaching.
Successful collaboration requires that resources are dedicated to the support of collaborative
RESOURCES practices.
Specialist teachers (ELL/EC, etc) must be provided with the general education curriculum materials needed
for planning and instruction with co-teaching partner (e.g., manuals, standards, etc.).
Staff development funds should be available from the school budget to enable all
teaching pairs and teams to have release or compensated time for professional development, planning and
reflection on a regular basis.
Specialist teachers have equal access to teaching tools in teaching spaces (e.g., whiteboards, Smartboard,
bulletin boards, paper, markers, charts, etc.).
Successful collaboration requires that students are placed in homerooms
with groups of other students who have similar needs, with consideration
given to maximize staff services
School administration develops consistent school-wide guidelines for student
placement into homerooms.
ELL students are clustered into homerooms to ensure that students receive
approximately one hour of intensive, collaborative instruction daily.
Number of students in clustered should be limited to a combination of factors
School administration and office staff place students arriving mid-year according to clustering guidelines (not
according to class size).
Successful collaboration requires administrators to provide
for successful development opportunities to continue refining
their collaborative teaching practices.
Teachers have opportunities for ongoing professional development, both in school
and district-wide, which focuses on collaboration and best practice instruction.
Teaching pairs have opportunities to observe other successful co-teaching pairs.
ELL Department
Exceptional Education Program