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Strategy: Collaborative Teaching

Teachers work together across classrooms to maximize differentiation

Overview

While West Belden has seen the benefit of a personalized, mastery-based approach to instruction, one of its key challenges has been how to allocate resources to meet every student’s needs. To tackle this challenge, West Belden teams educators across grades, led by mentor teachers and include other instructors as well, including teaching residents, special education teachers, and paraprofessionals who all work together in a “push-in” approach. 

Communication is key across the team to ensure educators’ time is being allocated properly and all students are receiving support. Teaching teams get at least 90 minutes per day of common planning time to collaborate and plan. Team teaching is supported organizationally by instructional coaches and professional development.

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Learning Modes

Targeted Large Group Instruction

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Student Grouping

Flexible Grouping

West Belden uses flexible grouping to group students based on need.

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Student Grouping

Multi-Age Classrooms

West Belden uses multi-age classrooms to help meet the unique needs of each...

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Teacher Roles and Responsibilities

Personalized Educator Learning

West Belden offers teachers choice and more personalized professional education...

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Student Grouping

Flexible Grouping

Photo of students of multiple ages working together in one classroom
Student Grouping

Multi-Age Classrooms

Photo of teacher seated in chair speaking
Teacher Roles and Responsibilities

Personalized Educator Learning