Co-Teaching for Gap Closure (CT4GC) is a professional development initiative developed by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) in 2012 to help close the achievement gap in Kentucky. It is comprised of 4 components: Co-Teaching best practices; Continuous Classroom Improvement; Student Supports; and ELA/Math Instructional Strategies. Sustainability is built through a system of coaching from the state level down to the classroom level. The coaching network consists of a State Core Team, Regional Educational Co-operative Consultants, and District/School level Internal Coaches. The coaching network strengthens capacity building through monthly Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) at each level: state, regional, district/school. CT4GC is a KDE initiative with partners from the University of Kentucky (UK) and the University of Louisville (U of L). Human Development Institute (HDI) is our UK partner and Academic and Behavioral Response to Intervention (ABRI) is from U of L.
Objectives of Co-Teaching for GAP Closure
- Student engagement
- Student achievement
- Teacher's ability to implement with fidelity
To implement 4 Strategic Components
- Continuous classroom improvement (CCI)
- Evidence-based instructional strategies focused on reading/language arts and math to support all content areas
- Student supports to remove other barriers to learning
The four components are developed around research based practices. Co-teaching is supported through research conducted by Marilyn Friend. Student Supports are based on Kentucky’s Individual Learning Plan (ILP), Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System (CIITS), and Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) Student Voice Survey to remove barriers for learning for individual students. ELA/Math strategies use work from Robert Marzano’s High Yield Instructional Strategies; Stephanie Harvey’s Strategies that Work; ABRI; and resources available through CIITS/PD 360 related to Kentucky Core Academic Standards (KCAS). Continuous Classroom Improvement is based on Baldrige Criteria for Excellence. Coaching practices are supported by Jim Knight’s work in Instructional Coaching. The infra-structure of the initiative was built using Dean Fixsen’s and Karen Blasé’s work around implementation science. Training modules were developed using Carol Trivette’s research around Professional Adult Learning Systems (PALS).
There are three cohorts within 2 implementation years. Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 implemented in 2013-14 and Cohort 3 will fully implement in school year 2014-15. CT4GC is currently in 30 districts where there are 84 teaching teams in cohorts 1, 2, and 3. This initiative serves approximately 2100 students. We have also implemented scale-up for this school year. The scale-up will allow existing cohort member schools to add teams in their buildings. The cohorts were chosen based on a set of criteria including district/school performance and ability to build capacity and sustainability of best practices contained in the initiative.
Data collection is designed to collect federally reported data to the State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) and to support closing the achievement gap in the classrooms where the initiative is implemented. Our data collection tools are developed through HDI. The data consist of PLC (Professional Learning Community) data reports; classroom level needs assessments to report existing programs/initiative in classroom; customer satisfaction surveys; and training evaluation data.
CT4GC Participating Schools/Districts Map
(revised April 2014)
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CT4GC Cohort 3 Kick-Off Training will take place in January 2014!! There are currently 39 participating schools and 3 districts implementing district-wide.