This article about special education appeared in my Twitter News Feed this morning. It's one to get people thinking and talking while clearly expressing an opinion. Admittedly, the catchy title, Improving Special Education in Tough Times, caught my eye. The authors are reflecting on their experiences working in urban settings and thus it does not reflect all settings.
The authors suggest:
• More inclusive settings might reduce teacher burnout / turnover.
• Focus on instructional quality.
I think they are suggesting:
• Co-teaching classrooms with differentiated instruction.
- Co-teaching can be a fabulous teaching and learning environment for students and teachers.
- Co-teaching is a setting that does not in and of itself assure learning for ALL students.
- The focus should be on assuring a range of environments AND teaching strategies to assure that ALL students learn because we know that ALL students CAN learn.