What types of assistance can a general educator get to help meet the needs of students with learning disabilities in the regular classroom?
Support services vary by schools, districts, and states.
General education teachers may get support for instruction in their classrooms from special educators in two ways: collaborative consultation and co-teaching. In collaborative consultation, a special educator works with the general educator to plan instruction and accommodations for students with learning disabilities but the general educator provides the instruction and accommodation during her instruction in the classroom. In co-teaching, the general and special educator plan instruction and accommodations to meet the needs of the students with learning disabilities in the class and the two teachers then teach together in the general education classroom. Both situations require teachers to work together to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities so responsibilities should be negotiated.