St Joseph’s is a co-teaching school. A team of teachers co-teaching together become a professional learning community within their shared teaching space. Co-teaching strategies require teachers to understand and agree to mutually developed goals, hold shared beliefs in co-teaching, and have an understanding of the importance of engaging in the roles of teacher and learner. These approaches provide opportunities for teachers to plan their co-teaching strategically to meet explicit student learning needs.
Teachers have identified benefits when co-teaching in a professional learning community, including an increased sense of agency, efficacy and well-being, enhanced skills in teaching effectively, problem-solving ability, and a reduction in feelings of isolation. There is also an increased likelihood of using research-informed practice.
St Joseph’s has embedded co-teaching into the school to increase positive learning opportunities for both students and teachers.