Many educators believed that educating non-disabled students with disabled students created an understanding and tolerance within the non-disabled student that better prepared them to function in the world outside of the school setting.(Suomi, 2003)
In co-taught classrooms: All students can receive improved instruction. This includes students who are academically gifted or talented, students who have average ability, students who are at risk for school failure as well as students who are identified special needs.
Advantages for ALL students
More time spent working cooperatively, learning content, and understanding students with different abilities.
Strong emphasis on learning skills, organizational responsibility and preparedness.
Diverse learning techniques and teaching techniques available.
More contact time with teachers for school and personal issues.
Unique learning needs met to the greatest extent possible.
Opportunities for leadership and growth within the least restrictive environment.
Less fear of failure due to successful experiences.
DID YOU KNOW that student volunteers are viewed as contributing to better school attendance, improved grades and test scores, matriculation, less misbehavior, better social skills, staying in school, graduating, and going on to college?
DID YOU KNOW that studies demonstrate that there are clear, measurable benefits for children when their parents are positively engaged with their teachers and their school? Children are more likely to develop positive self-esteem, be motivated to learn, be positive about school and achieve good grades.