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Advocates Raise Concerns About Remote Learning Plan For Special Ed Students

09.11.2020 | WCBS 880 | "It's going to be two teachers for the students when they are in person and then a third teacher working with them when they are just doing the remote part of their learning," Maggie Moroff, with Advocates for Children of New York, said. In normal times, the city has what's called "integrated co-teaching" that involves special education students with a special education teacher and general education students with a general education teacher in the same classroom. 

Moroff said it's the Department of Education's go-to model for inclusive education. She said, "When it works well, it brings the best of both worlds." But Moroff tells WCBS 880's Mack Rosenberg that there are new concern with that third teacher being added to the mix to handle the remote side of blended learning.

"The three teachers in that trio are gonna be working together to plan, which is interesting and it's a novel approach I think. If it works well, that's really interesting and encouraging. If it doesn't, that's problematic," Moroff said. "If you have teachers that work well together then it could definitely be successful. If you have teachers that are new to each other and are feeling pressed for time, planning and coordinating their efforts, I could see it being really problematic." Listen to the full story