Classroom-Library Coteaching 4 Student Success

Teacher Kathi Stalzer and school librarian Debra LaPlante, Saints Simon and Jude Cathedral School, Phoenix, Arizona, coteaching a strategy lesson with 4th-grade students

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Rise up to meet the coteaching challenge! Instructional partnerships are pathways to improving students’ learning and educators’ professional practice.

Educators who coplan develop more creative, engaging, and effective instruction. Through coteaching they model communication and collaboration skills—skills preK-12 students need to be successful team members in school and beyond. Coteachers effectively model information literacy skills and authentically show diverse responses to texts. They can also demonstrate discussion, debate, and other learning techniques. Together, coteachers accurately monitor students’ guided practice and learning outcomes and make adjustments to improve teaching and learning.

Resources for serving as a leader in “building a culture of collaboration®” in your school.

Building a Culture of Collaboration at

Coteachers: Step Out of the Box -- Together! - Animoto video showing coteaching approaches in action

Coteaching Video Testimonials - K-12 classroom teachers and principals talk about their experiences with classroom-library coteaching and the role of school librarians in 21st-century education

Sample Collaborative Planning Forms - Chapter 1: Elementary and Chapter 1: Secondary

School Library Connection Blog

Works Cited
American Association of School Librarians (AASL). “Definition for Effective School Library Program.” Knowledge Quest, vol. 45, no. 1, 2016, pp. 4-5. Online at:

DrMsChannel. “Principals Know: School Librarians Are the Heart of the School,” YouTube. 4 Apr. 2014,

Friend, Marilyn, and Lynn Cook. Interactions: Collaboration Skills for School Professionals. 6th ed. Boston, MA, Pearson, 2010.

Moreillon, Judi. “Coteaching: A Strategic Evidence-based Practice for Collaborating School Librarians.” School Library Connection, vol.1, no. 6, 2016, pp. 48-50.

Moreillon, Judi. Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Elementary School Libraries: Maximizing Your Impact . Chicago, IL, ALA Editions, 2013.

Moreillon, Judi. Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Secondary School Libraries: Maximizing Your Impact. Chicago: IL, ALA Editions, 2012.

“Position Statements: Instructional Role of the School Librarian.” AASL. 5 Aug. 2016,


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