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Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT)

Students with disabilities who receive Integrated Co-Teaching services are educated with age appropriate peers in the general education classroom. ICT provides access to the general education curriculum and specially designed instruction to meet students’ individual needs.

As Wendy Murawski, the co-author of "Leading the Co-teaching Dance: Leadership Strategies to Enhance Team Outcomes" (CEC, 2013) observed: “Co-teaching is like a marriage. It’s two adults who are working together to nurture a group of children. Co-teaching cannot be successful if two teachers are just plunked down in the same room with no professional development to help them with expectations, no time to help them with planning, and no rapport to help them with their day-to-day efforts.” Among the things that will increase the chances of success of a co-teaching partnership and change outcomes for students, according to Murawski, are professional development for all faculty regarding what co-teaching is and is not; allowing teachers to volunteer to co-teach and have a voice in their partnerships; and schedules that ensure teachers have common planning time and a limited number of partners.