Burleson ISD leadership team shares collaborative teaching model to increase student performance
BURLESON – Thanks to the Collaborative Teaching model, Burleson ISD Special Services tops the region for increased student performance.
Because of this, the BISD leadership team presented the Collaborative Teaching model to special education leaders from 77 school districts at the Education Service Center (ESC) Region XI conference in Fort Worth last month.
Integrating classrooms with learners of all types, Collaborative Teaching ensures special education students receive appropriate instruction without leaving the regular classroom setting.
BISD was invited to make the presentation because of the district’s proven ability to provide effective individualized instruction to its students and exceptional performance of special education students on multiple state academic measurements, officials said.
“The performance of our students who receive special education services is yet another indicator of our district’s commitment to all learners,” said BISD superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson. “In fact, we’ve seen a steady increase in families who are moving to the area specifically for the high-quality instruction available through our special education program.”
The district’s data shows the gap between special education students and the general student population has significantly decreased through the Collaborative Teaching model. To accomplish this collaboration teachers are receive specialized professional development, mentoring support, and curriculum alignment.
“It’s important to provide our teachers with the training they need to be effective with all learners,” said Special Services executive director Dr. Lucretia Gartrell. “We’ve found that what the specialized strategies teachers learn better prepares them to work in any classroom with any student.”
Burleson ISD has a successful history of offering special services that provide opportunities outside of academic support. “Partners in PE” pairs students with disabilities with their non-disabled peers for daily interaction and the Burleson Friends Festival draws hundreds of student athletes from special education programs throughout north Texas annually.
Last month, BISD athletes competed in the Special Olympics competition where the 3 on 3 basketball team earned a gold medal.