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Collaborative Team Teaching (CTT)

According to the New York City Department of Education, Collaborative Team Teaching (also known at Integrated Co-Teaching Services) is an integrated service through which students with disabilities are educated with age appropriate peers in the general education classroom. Collaborative Team Teaching (CTT) helps students’ master specific skills and concepts in the general education curriculum, and ensures that their special education needs are being met. The Collaborative Team Teaching classroom consists of one special education teacher and one general education teacher. When they team teach, the general education and special education teacher meet to co-plan and prepare lessons, activities and projects that incorporate all learning modalities. Together, the general education and special education teacher carry out instruction employing a range of methodologies.

At Sun Yat Sen MS 131 there is at least one Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) class on each grade level. An ICT classroom is comprised of two teachers and approximately twenty-five students. With two teachers in the classroom, the goals of ICT are to provide students with more individualized attention, design and implement lessons to address multiple learning styles, and foster more opportunities to work collaboratively in small groups. In addition, the teachers create a comfortable environment for students to take responsible risks.

Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS)

The Department of Education states, Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS) provide specially designed and/or supplemental instruction to support the participation of the student with a disability in the general education classroom and provide consultation to the student's general education teacher. These services are designed to be flexible, helping students to remain in the general education classroom and utilize the combined expertise of both the general and special education teacher. They may be provided within the general education classroom or in a separate location.

Hearing Education Services:

Hearing Education Services are designed to provide intensive instruction in speech reading, auditory training and language development to enhance the growth of receptive/expressive communication skills. Hearing Education Services are delivered to students with a history of chronic fluctuating hearing loss greater than 15 dBHL in the better ear or other hearing loss equal to or greater than 25 dBHL in the ear which adversely affects student performance.