Screen shot from "General education and special education co-teaching in St. Paul Public Schools." See video below. According to teachers and parents, co-teaching makes mainstreaming work for all the students in a classroom.
Mary Moore, a Special Education Building Coach at Battle Creek Middle School, tells a success story of mainstreaming in St. Paul. A student, now in middle school, had been classified as Emotionally and Behaviorally Disturbed (EBD) since kindergarten, and had not been in a regular classroom since that time. Last fall, he was mainstreamed — put in a regular classroom — as part of St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) effort to reduce racial disparities. His behavior has improved enough so that he has moved from the more serious "Fed 3" classification to "Fed 2." He also enrolled in the AVID program for success in school. The process of mainstreaming, said Moore, “turned him into a different person."MORE »