Today’s K-12 environment demands careful consideration of student academic, emotional, physical, and social needs in equal measure. Teachers are working collaboratively in their K-12 classrooms, using co-teaching methods to meet these needs and remediate lost learning. They’re teaming up to lead, instruct, and mentor students in core subjects, electives, or library science to promote more holistic, student-focused experiences. It’s a popular instructional mode that can help teachers modify their learning approaches to meet students where they are, increase their capacity for learning, and celebrate their individual differences as learners.  

Team teaching most often involves groups of general education and special education teachers working together in diverse, all-inclusive settings. It’s a partnership between teachers bringing their biggest strengths and practices to the classroom while remaining flexible and open to new strategies. The teams may be interdisciplinary, such as teacher-librarian collaboration, or involve teachers from the same departments at the same grade level working together, using a variety of supervised activities to reach all learners and help them cultivate their skills. Using Gale In Context: For Educators and Gale eBooks: Professional Learning in support of collaborative instruction gives teachers the opportunity to assess and differentiate their instruction techniques between each other, to help them discover and implement new ways of teaching.

Gale In Context: For Educators

  • Benefits in Collaborative Teaching

    More and more educators are adopting co-teaching methods in instruction to combat learning loss. Early adopters of For Educators in their team teaching have already seen many benefits in the experiences they are co-creating, including:

    • Differentiation support through Lexile framework access allows educators to quickly find leveled content on high-demand topics, and get support to differentiate every lesson plan and activity for struggling and advanced learners. 
    • Customized materials organized by classroom, or instructional resources organized into content sets, for easier educator collaboration with co-teachers and other colleagues. 
    • Supplemental digital learning materials supporting K-12 curriculums, with national- and state standards-aligned instructional content and related lesson plans.
    • Enhanced collaboration through personal content set creation and classroom materials organization to share with students and colleagues using Google Classroom, Google Drive, or learning management system (LMS).
    • Improved instruction as teachers take the lead on their own learning and get coaching as they work to become the best they can be. The Learning Center is a hub within For Educators for finding, organizing, and accessing information, including videos, tips, and step-by-step tutorials and sample content sets for building and teaching lessons, planning curriculum with colleagues, and more.
  • Optimizing Curriculums with Digital Content

    Effective educator collaboration is thoughtful—requiring hours of careful lesson planning that considers appropriate teaching approaches to use with individual students and groups, to meet students where they are. It also depends on trusting relationships built between teachers, shared planning times, and a focus on the expertise each teacher brings to the classroom.

    Gale In Context: For Educators helps teachers and curriculum specialists customize materials to support different learning needs, including:

    • Creating interactive, document-based lessons with instructor notes and annotated footnotes.
    • Collecting resources in unit folders and assigning them to students as unit plans, reading lists, or lesson menus.
    • Combining resource collections with links to lessons, documents, or other online resources.
  • Finding Support through Interactive Libraries

    A critical part of any team-teaching dynamic, a school librarian is a valuable source for identifying and sharing reliable online, real-world texts to complement a student-centered classroom experience. Gale In Context: For Educators offers an interactive library of diverse, curriculum-aligned resources that are perfect for teacher-librarian collaboration and are defined by a variety of materials—from eBooks and digital audiobooks to books for display, and mentor/anchor texts.

    Within the Gale In Context: For Educators database, librarians can:

    • Put their research and information retrieval skills to work to collect and save relevant resources for multiple classes and projects.
    • Use Google Classroom, Google Drive, or LMS to share a single document or resource collection.
    • Work with other teachers across districts to deliver the best resources for their classrooms.
    • Help students and teachers find the appropriate tools they’ll need to successfully navigate resources across disciplines.
  • Co-teaching Fosters Collaborative Learning

    In a successful collaborative teaching environment, teaching and learning often go hand in hand. As teachers model various teaching strategies, students are developing interpersonal skills and leadership abilities through Gale In Context: For Educators collaborative activities during station teaching, group study, and group projects. These activities not only promote higher-level thinking skills in students, but they’re also excellent opportunities to see how others learn.

Professional Learning eBooks

  • Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Collection

    This collection guides administrators and educators in planning and implementing PLC groups with the tools, templates, and step-by-step instructions needed for successful collaboration. Topics include fostering school engagement with families, addressing challenges teams face, skill improvement, curating professional development (PD) for PLCs, implementing standards-based grading systems, and more.

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  • Classroom Management and Behavior Collection

    This collection offers guidance for educators in implementing strategies and programs that reduce repeated negative behaviors, build student self-regulation and empathy, enhance communication and collaboration, identify the true cause of disruptive behaviors, and use restorative circles to reflect and discuss impactful change.

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  • Coaching and Mentoring Collection

    Mentoring and coaching programs are imperative in assisting teachers to overcome obstacles, enhance thinking, and create lasting change. This collection provides ideas and strategies for improving a school’s professional practice as well as helping educators learn how to work together in PLCs.

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  • New Teacher Collection

    This collection helps school leaders and new teachers learn to transition, balance, communicate, and reflect as they build relationships. It covers grading, assessment, surviving the first year, and teacher collaboration. Titles also support working with multilingual and special education students and managing stress.

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  • Special Education Collection

    This collection is perfect for special education and general education teachers. It focuses on understanding special education laws, inclusion strategies and interventions, response to intervention (RTI), multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS), partnering with parents, co-teaching relationships, accessibility, and targeting learners of all ability levels.

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  • School Counselors Collection

    School counselors wear multiple hats, and their PD needs to be diverse to match. From understanding psychology, working with families, and collaborating with teachers and educators to helping students research career opportunities and plan for college, this collection is well-rounded and provides well-rounded PD for the school counselors.

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