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Does the Teaching Channel have any plans to post more videos with special needs students, English Language Learners and Co-Teaching teams?

Oct 24, 2013 11:30pm

With the shift to more inclusive classrooms, I see that only 3 videos pop up under 'Special Education'. Teachers are becoming very concerned about the impact of the Common Core on students with special needs and English Learners. I would love to see more! Thank you.

  • Pre K-12
  • Common Core / English Language Learners / Special Education


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    • Oct 25, 2013 11:44am

      Thank you for your question. We are posting 6 videos just today on Stanford's work in the Denver schools to improve curriculum for English Language Learners. So look for that today.

      We have more than 100 videos that will be released over the next few months, but most of them are related to Common Core. To shoot videos, Teaching Channel---a non-profit---must find philanthropic support. We are working hard to get that funding for Special Ed and ELL because we have had so many requests. We've even launched a fundraising campaign direct to our community, precisely so that we can do these videos.

      So know that we're working on it as fast as we can....because we agree with you. We need to do more.

      And, again, thank you for your question.

      • Oct 25, 2013 8:11pm


        What is the process for videotaping teachers in the classroom? I work in the Special Education Department in San Diego Unified. Do you send a crew to videotape? I noticed how the editing, sound and camera shots are all professionally done. Maybe I can identify some teachers and classrooms that would meet your criteria.

        Thank you for your quick response.


        • Oct 28, 2013 1:49pm

          Hi Nikki,
          The first step is getting funding for the videos---which usually comes from foundations----then Teaching Channel's Education Team pre-interviews all potential filming review the pedagogy and approach. All Teaching Channel videos are strictly reviewed by our own internal Team, but are also audited on a yearly basis by third party educators. So we take teacher selection very seriously.

          As I said, the first step in videotaping is getting the funding. And we are currently looking for foundation support to do more videos on ELL and Special Education.

          Hope this clarifies Teaching Channel's process. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Happy to answer and thank you for being part of this great community.

          • Oct 28, 2013 2:50pm

            Thank you Candice. I will spread the word my department.

            • Nov 3, 2013 3:33am

              One of the first steps, particularly with special needs students, is getting parental consent. You cannot make the decision to videotape a special needs student without consultation with the parent. Please check your DEC forms, it is clearly defined.