The St. Louis RPDC Special Education Consultants assist local school districts with special education programming, professional development and technical assistance to improve the academic performance and postsecondary outcomes for students with disabilities. Improvement consultants provide professional development offerings related to issues and trends in special education, as well as the larger arena of education.

This course and resources are designed to assist Special Education Paraprofessionals,Teaching assistants, etc.. to continue developing best practices to better support students, teachers, and districts.

This course is a compilation of resources for Early Childhood directors, teachers, and paraprofessionals.

A key way to address needs of diverse learners is to pair a general education teacher with a special service provider (i.e. Special Educator, ELL Educator, Reading Specialist, Gifted Educator) in a general education classroom using a co-teaching model. This pairing allows teachers with differing areas of expertise to better provide differentiated instruction for students. This also ensures that ALL students are provided the general education curriculum and held to higher academic standards. Challenges associated with co-teaching models can be addressed with analysis of what co-teachers do and how this relates to student success. This analysis can help facilitate efforts to better understand and improve co-teaching practices.  This workshop is designed for new co-teaching teams and/or teams considering co-teaching as a service delivery model option. Topics addressed will include:
•effective co-teaching arrangements
•student placement
•co-teacher roles and relationships