In response to recent trends and legislation promoting inclusive instruction and access to the general education curriculum, many schools have implemented “co-teaching” (Cook & Friend, 1995) as a means for promoting effective instruction in inclusive classrooms. Co-teaching is a service delivery model of special education services in the general education environment delivered by two teachers, typically, a general educator and a special educator. Both educators share instructional responsibility in co-planning, co-instructing, and co-assessing, which benefit and support all students of academic diversity in one classroom.
Cook, L., & Friend, M. (1995). Co-teaching: Guidelines for creating effective practices. Focus on Exceptional Children, 28(3), 1-16.