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 Co-Teaching and LRE Resources


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guarantees students with disabilities the right to be educated with their peers in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) to the maximum extent appropriate. IDEA also guarantees students with disabilities access to a full continuum of services. It is up to the IEP team to determine the Least Restrictive Environment for an individual student. The IEP team also determines the supports and accommodations necessary for successful participation in the LRE and other special education services as needed.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) demands states improve student performance and prepare all students for college and careers by building better accountability, developing effective teachers and leaders, and increasing learner access to effective instructional practices.

Co-teaching provides a framework to increase access to the general curriculum, to provide the learner access to effective academic and behavior instructional practices and to provide a multi-tiered system of support to all students by having two teachers in the classroom. It also provides a collaborative environment for teachers to work and learn together building on each other’s strengths while working together to plan, instruct, and, assess all students in the class.

NEW Training modules are being developed and will be added soon. Other training materials, one-pagers, planning guides and templates, Frequently Asked Questions Regarding LRE, and other resources on effective evidence-based practices for co-teaching will be provided.

These modules and resources were created in collaboration with Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS) and the Georgia Department of Education for educators to use individually or to build capacity at the district and school level through professional learning communities. Districts may also contact their regional Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS) to schedule regional professional learning, technical assistance, and coaching for co-teaching.

Districts also have access to the training and materials the Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS) included in designing a course entitled “Co-Teaching 201”. These modules go beyond the basics of Co-Teaching. These can be accessed through the Co-Teaching Modules 201 Introduction link on the right side of this webpage.

 If you have any questions or requests, please contact Susan Brozovic, Program Specialist for Systemic Improvement at sbrozovic@doe.k12.ga.us or 470-316-8634 or Ann Cross, Program Manager for GLRS at lacross@doe.12.ga.us.