Professor Rossetti Published in “Becoming a Great Inclusive Educator”

SEDFACULTYProfessor Zachary Rossetti authored a chapter in the book Becoming A Great Inclusive Educator, published by Peter Lang Publishing (PLP). PLP is an international academic publishing company.

Becoming A Great Inclusive Educator discusses the growing popularity and acceptance of inclusive education in the United States. Additionally, the book addresses the lack of preparation general and special educators receive to be successful in inclusive classrooms and schools. Becoming A Great Inclusive Educator “offers educators the guidance and resources to become great inclusive educators by engaging in a powerful process of personal and professional transformation.”

Below is a summary of the chapter, “It’s always about the kids, not us”: Successful elementary co-teaching, the chapter authored by Professor Rossetti:

In his chapter, Professor Rossetti describes the key components of one example of successful co-teaching from an inclusive kindergarten class in an urban public school. “When I first observed in their classroom I assumed Mrs. Rooney and Mrs. Green had been teaching together for years because of the ease with which they effectively collaborated and taught almost 30 culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students, half with IEPs receiving special education services. Yet, it was actually their first year working together” (p. 212). Until enjoying the opportunity to watch these skilled practitioners and collaborators in action, Rossetti had mostly known the “turf battles” between general and special educators that present barriers to the co-teaching model of inclusive education. The successes of this professional partnership emanated from a solid foundation of student-centeredness. They believed that all students could learn, and they did not want to stand in the way.

Visit Peter Lang Publishing to read more.

Rossetti, Z. (2014). “It’s always about the kids, not us”: Successful elementary co-teaching. In S. Danforth (Ed.), Becoming a great inclusive educator (pp. 209-219). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

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