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Collaboration and Co-Teaching

Collaboration and Co-Teaching
Strategies for English Learners

Foreword by Margo DelliCarpini

© 2010 | 248 pages | Corwin

"Honigsfeld and Dove highlight the importance of a whole-school approach to the teaching of English language learners, where the collective expertise of teachers is harnessed through collaboration and co-teaching. This approach ensures that all teachers gain access to instructional strategies that promote student engagement and accelerated academic development."
—Jim Cummins, Professor
University of Toronto, Canada

"This new resource is exceptionally timely. The book provides educators with a much-needed road map for making true collaboration and co-teaching a reality. At a time when schools are facing limited resources and more demand for improved student performance, the effective instructional approaches in this book are essential for educators and English language learners alike."
—Jana Echevarria, Professor Emerita
California State University, Long Beach

Help ELLs achieve success with an integrated, collaborative program!

Teacher collaboration and co-teaching are proven strategies for helping students with diverse needs achieve academically. Now this practical resource provides a step-by-step guide to making collaboration and co-teaching work for general education teachers and English as a second language (ESL) specialists to better serve the needs of English language learners (ELLs).

The authors address the fundamental questions of collaboration and co-teaching, examine how a collaborative program helps ELLs learn content while meeting English language development goals, and offer information on school leaders' roles in facilitating collaboration schoolwide. Featuring six in-depth case studies, this guide helps educators:

  • Understand the benefits and challenges of collaborative service delivery
  • Choose from a range of strategies and configurations, from informal planning and collaboration to a fully developed co-teaching partnership
  • Use templates, planning guides, and other practical tools to put collaboration into practice
  • Evaluate the strategies' success using the guidelines, self-assessments, and questionnaires included

Collaboration and Co-Teaching helps ESL, ELL, and general education teachers combine their expertise to provide better support for their ELLs!

About the Authors
1. What Is This Book About?
Voices From the Field  
What Guided Us When We Wrote This Book?  
The Purpose  
Structure and Organization of the Book  
The ELL Population  
Program Models Serving English Language Learners  
What Can We Learn from the History and Research on Collaborative Practices?  
Teacher Collaboration in Today's Schools  
Discussion Questions  
Key Online Resources  
2. Why is Collaboration Needed?
Voices from the Field  
Challenges English Language Learners Face  
Challenges Teachers Face  
Challenges School Administrators Face  
Why Collaboration Is the Answer to the Demands Teachers and Administrators Face  
Why Co-Teaching Is a Possible Answer to Challenges Teachers and Administrators Face  
Research Support for Enhanced ESL Service Delivery  
Administrators' Role: Creating a School Community to Support Effective Instruction for ELLs  
Discussion Questions  
Key Online Resources  
3. Who Does Teacher Collaboration and ESL Co-Teaching Concern?
Voices From the Field  
All Stakeholders  
Administrators' Role: Developing and Sustaining a Collaborative School Culture  
Discussion Questions  
Key Online Resources  
4. What Are the Essential Components of an Integrated, Collaborative ESL Program?
Voices From the Field  
Informal Collaborative Practices  
Formal Collaborative Practices  
Administrators' Role: Creating Collaborative Opportunities and Supporting Collaborative Efforts  
What Do Administrators Need to Consider  
Discussion Questions  
Key Online Resources  
5. How Do Teachers Plan, Instruct, and Assess ELLs Collaboratively?
Voices From the Field  
The Need for Collaborative Efforts  
Launching the Co-Planning Team: Top Down or Bottom Up?  
Collaborative Teams in Action  
A Framework for Effective Instruction  
Technology and Collaboration  
Co-Teaching for Powerful Instruction  
Collaborative Student Assessment  
Administrators' Role: Effective Management of Resources  
Discussion Questions  
Key Online Resources  
6. When Do Teachers and ESL Specialists Collaborate and Co-Teach?
Voices From the Field  
Time and Structure for Teamwork  
Setting a Purpose for Collaboration  
Two Observations of Ongoing Collaboration  
A Remedy for Time Limitations: Conversation Protocols  
When Do Collaborative Teams Meet?  
Expectations for Teacher Collaboration  
Time Frames for Co-Teaching  
Administrators' Role: Scheduling and Supporting Collaborative and Co-Teaching Practices  
Discussion Questions  
Key Online Resources  
7. Where Do Teachers and ESL Specialists Collaborate and Co-Teach?
Voices From the Field  
Reexamining the Importance of Positive School Culture  
Collaborating Outside the Classroom  
Collaboration Inside the Classroom  
Classroom Design for Co-Taught Lessons  
The Impact of Classroom Design  
Administrators' Role: School Organization and Logistics  
Discussion Questions  
Key Online Resources  
8. What Next? Reviewing and Evaluating Integrated, Collaborative ESL Programs
Voices From the Field  
Reflective Practices  
Self-Assessment Tools  
Ongoing (Formative) Collaborative Program Assessment  
Formal Program Evaluation  
Administrators' Role: Leading Effective Assessment Practices  
Discussion Questions  
Key Online Resources  
9. Portraits of Collaboration
Elementary School Case Study #1  
Elementary School Case Study #2  
Middle School Case Study #1  
Middle School Case Study #2  
High School Case Study #1  
High School Case Study #2  
Discussion Questions  
Research Appendix: 10 Key Research Areas to Support Teacher Collaboration and Co-Teaching for the Sake of ELLs
1. Second Language Acquisition and English Language Development  
2. Acculturation and Culturally Responsive Teaching  
3. Bilingualism and Native-Language Use  
4. ELLs' Literacy Development  
5. Developing ELLs' Academic Language Proficiency  
6. Effective Instructional Strategies  
7. Curriculum Alignment and Mapping  
8. Teacher Teaming and Co-Teaching  
9. Teacher Learning  
10. Professional-Development and Learning Communities  
A Final Note

"This book is a road map for collaborative practice with a focus on English language learners. The vignettes offer a window into the complex and diverse challenges of teaching in linguistically and culturally diverse contexts. The what, when, where, how, and why of collaborative practice are discussed, and the book provides valuable online resources and helpful references for further research and exploration."

Dorit Kaufman, Professor of Linguistics, Director of Professional Educational Program
Stony Brook University

"Andrea Honigsfeld and Maria Dove highlight the importance of a whole-school approach to the teaching of ELLs where the collective expertise of teachers is harnessed through collaboration and co-teaching. This approach ensures that ELL students are not isolated from their peers and all teachers gain access to instructional strategies that promote student engagement and accelerated academic development."

Jim Cummins, Professor
University of Toronto, Canada

"Effective collaboration between professionals promotes success for English learners only when all parties share both a deep understanding of the educational issues involved and a firm commitment to academic excellence. This work provides a compelling coverage of the demographics of the English learner population, a comprehensive overview of the strengths and drawbacks of various program designs, and a foundation for cultural and linguistic advocacy for language-minority students. In one useful handbook, the authors address the rationale for co-teaching and the means to do so, offering a user-friendly introduction to collaboration involving all members of the school-site team. This guide has it all!"

Lynne Díaz-Rico, Professor of Education
California State University, San Bernardino

"Through intriguing questions and illustrative vignettes, Honigsfeld and Dove masterfully guide us in understanding the essentials of collaboration when planning, implementing, and assessing instruction for students who are acquiring English as an additional language. A must-read for educators wishing to create a professional leaning community where insights about ESL instruction can be shared."

Diane Lapp, Distinguished Professor of Education
San Diego State University

"This text is a detailed how-to manual thoroughly grounded in research and best practices. The authors move from basic definitions to the needs of ELLs to cogent reasons for using collaborative methods to help students meet success. It should be required reading in teacher preparation programs and a much-used resource for inservice teachers."

Anne M. Wilding, TESOL Field Placement Supervisor
Stony Brook University

"This important book fills a critical need for current information about the collaborative process and should be in every educator’s professional library."

Scott W.C. Lawrence, Director of Curriculum
East Granby Public Schools, CT

"This easy-to-read book empowers educators to work collaboratively in planning and teaching to meet the needs of English language learners in co-taught classrooms. This book makes a contribution toward successfully educating students in diverse classrooms."

Richard Andrew Villa, President
Bayridge Conortium, Inc.

"A valuable resource for preservice and inservice training of school administrators as well as ESOL and mainstream teachers. Honigsfeld and Dove have researched and compiled a very thorough guide for establishing various forms of collaborative learning environments and ESL co-teaching models that can benefit ELLs. This book helps start and guide the conversation between all the parties involved—administrators and teachers alike!"

Constance E. Dziombak, President, New York State TESOL
ESOL Teacher, Mount Vernon City Schools, NY

"This book is a great resource that focuses on collaborative practices and numerous co-teaching models while presenting several case studies to illustrate the ideas presented. One of the book's strengths is that the role of the administrator is included in each chapter. The authors recognize the importance of administrative support to ensure the success of collaborative and co-teaching strategies."

Bud Read, Supervisor of Academics
Colonial School District, New Castle, DE

"The most comprehensive text on the topic that I’ve seen to date. The book is written for a wide spectrum of educators: ESL specialists, general education teachers, administrators, and researchers—the entire education community is addressed. The authors include the tools for busy teachers, including checklists and charts."

Linda New Levine, ESL/EFL Consultant
Key features
  • Provides a step-by-step guide to co-teaching and collaboration between ESL specialists and mainstream classroom teachers to better serve the needs of ELLs
  • Includes authentic chapter-opening scenarios that depict the benefits as well as the challenges of collaborative teaching
  • Two in-depth, chapter-length case studies of collaboration and co-teaching appear at the end of the book
  • Includes a range of practical tools, such as templates, planning guides, and questionnaires, that can be easily adapted for classroom use
  • In addition to addressing the fundamental questions of co-teaching and collaboration—who? what? when? where? how? why?—the authors have included a chapter on what next?

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Foreword by Margo DelliCarpini


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