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"Supporting one of the fastest growing segments of the nation’s student population can be challenging, particularly when educators work in isolation. Maria Dove and Andrea Honigsfeld show us how to support English learners through collaborative practices that work. This must-have book draws from the most current research and provides multiple practical examples, protocols, and essential questions to guide us in making collaborative practices a reality in our own particular settings."
"Dr. Dove and Dr. Honigsfeld articulated it very clearly when they presented to our teachers of ELLS in Western New York: 'You cannot have successful co-teaching without co-planning.' Their new books continues the much-needed conversation on how to co-teach by looking carefully at the relationships and the school-based opportunities required for success. All teachers have the need to refine new practices in our profession that lead our students effective academic outcomes.
"Dove and Honigsfeld have captured the essence of co-teaching through the recommended practice of collaborative teamwork using Model 7: Multiple Groups Two Model/ Teach. One example of this model demonstrated how both teachers are engaged in small group instruction and plan for independent activities where students explore grade level content with the scaffolding of and modifications to age appropriate readings.
"As a large and diverse urban school system, our district needed to create a service model structure to meet the needs of over 15,000 English Learner students (ELs), representing over 120 languages. We selected co-teaching as one of the service models because this model allowed students to remain in the content class with their native English-speaking peers while receiving their required EL services.
"This important follow-up volume is just what we need, just in time! It will invigorate co-teachers of English Learners while urging them to refocus their attention from 'just co-teaching' to the truly effectual work of teacher collaboration throughout the entire instructional cycle. At the same time, best practices for student engagement and focused English language development are clearly described within a deep analysis of the seven co-teaching models.
"From the get-go, Dove & Honigsfeld present a clear call to action. We have an obligation to provide the best, most consistent, and aggressive support to a growing population with very specific needs. And what better way to do that than by collaborating and co-teaching with intentionality and precision? Offering structures and strategies for each of 7 key models of co-planning and co-teaching, the authors have given us all we need to meet our common goals in a compelling, detailed, and inescapably helpful resource. The rest is up to us."
"Working in a very large, linguistically diverse school board, where top priorities include the goals of ensuring equity and high expectations for all students, it’s exciting to find a text which commits on practically addressing the complexity of co planning, co teaching and co assessing to support the success of English learners, through and through. It is with respect of educators of the field that the authors have truly demystified how successful partnerships unfold honoring the power of the whole collaborative planning cycle.