Capstone/Dissertation Title

Planning for effective co-teaching in a sixth-grade reading classroom with a high population of English learners

Term

2012

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MALED

Abstract

The research question explored asks how can co-teachers successfully plan to meet the needs of all students in their classroom with a high population of English Learners? This capstone details best practices in both teaching English Learners and in co-teaching. Some key influences from the research include Echevarria, Vogt, and Short and their work creating a protocol of best practices for English Learners with Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP). Marilyn Friend and Lisa Dieker were two key voices contributing to the discourse of best practices in coteaching. This capstone combined these best practices to create a lesson-planning template for co-teachers to use as a guide and focus in their planning. Co-teaching teams used the templates for four weeks of planning and reflected on their use of them each week. The results revealed the template provided focus and purpose in planning for co-teaching with English Learners where there was none before.

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