Frequently asked questions
What is Co-Teach?
Co-Teach is a provider of educational support and coaching for parents and caregivers. Co-Teach provides families direct access to support and expertise from educators and related specialists (special educators, math/reading specialists, speech pathologists, etc.,) anytime and from anywhere, through a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Families want their children to thrive; teachers are knowledgeable and experienced in helping children thrive and grow as learners. At Co-Teach we decided to oconnect families and teachers, but in a way that’s driven by families and their needs, vision, and questions. Greater access to awesome teachers can help families overcome challenges, minimize stress, and reduce barriers to learning.
Our mission is to build and maintain a platform that makes personal, expert support and coaching accessible and affordable to parents and caregivers. We seek to advance educational equity by providing parents and caregivers what they need to meet the unique needs of their child through at-home learning.
Who is Co-Teach for?
Co-Teach is for anyone who is supporting a Pre-Kindergarten- high school age learner (ages 4-17).
Families have used Co-Teach:
(1) to help them execute homeschooling, virtual learning, or provide supplemental instruction for their child,
(2) as a resource for the person (tutor, grandparent, babysitter, etc.) who’ll be working closely with their child during the day, and
(3) to support their Co-op or microschool structure.
Businesses and schools have used Co-Teach:
(1) as a benefit to employees, providing support to parents navigating online/hybrid or homeschooling or who need help providing the supplemental support their learners need, and
(2) to provide professional development for managers, leaders, and teachers.
Can a Co-Teacher substitute for a teacher?
No. As the parent, caregiver, or person who facilitates at-home learning, the Co-teacher is a parent's teammate, to help them advance learning for their child.
**Please note that a Co-teacher can not make an official diagnosis, fulfill any court order, or prescribe medication. However, select Co-Teachers can help families make progress towards IEP goals through at-home learning practices.
Who will be helping families?
After parents/caregivers sign up, we will match them to a teacher based on what they'd like to accomplish, their learner’s age, strengths and challenges, and the educational/at-home learning related challenges and opportunities. Different educators have different approaches and areas of specialty so we will work hard to find the right person who can achieve the best results for families. While we’ll work hard to get a successful match on the first try- parents are the best judge of what works best for them. If parents start the process and feel it isn't a good fit, they may switch to a different educator or specialist.
Who are the educators and specialists?
Co-Teach educators are licensed, trained, experienced, current and former classroom teachers, adjunct college professors, licensed clinical social workers (LCSW), speech language pathologists (SLP), and reading and math specialists.
Each Co-Teach educator and specialist is an accomplished professional in their area, with a minimum of 5 years teaching experience. Educators and specialists who work with families as independent contractors, have participated in a rigorous Co-Teach onboarding process to equip them to meet a range of families’ needs in a virtual and timely manner. These educators are not employees of Co-Teach and the site does not manage them professionally.
How many sessions do parents get with a Co-Teacher?
Parents are not limited in the number of messages they can send to their co-teacher; but the frequency for in-person video sessions are determined by their plan. For example, some people could have 3-4 short sessions every week, to get help thinking about the week’s learning plan, to get ideas for how to help a student with fact fluency, to find a way to make learning from home more manageable or to celebrate success when their student accomplishes a goal! While others may prefer to have one very long and thorough session. Usage patterns can change over time. Parents may use the service extensively during times of great need and then use it sparingly at other times. Co-teachers will try to accommodate changing needs in a timely manner.
I am an experienced educator. How can I support families as a CoTeacher?
Please start the application process by clicking
How much does it cost?
The cost of support through Co-Teach ranges from $50-$65 per week (billed monthly). You can cancel your membership at any time for any reason. This cost includes individualized plans and/or curated educational materials shipped or emailed to you as your Co-Teacher sees fit!
How to pay for Co-Teach membership?
Membership payments will be charged to a credit card on a one-time or recurring basis. If parents accomplish their goals or if they find online support with Co-Teach to no longer be helpful for any reason, they can simply cancel the subscription.
How long until families are matched to a Co-Teacher?
We aim to match families with a Co-Teacher as quickly as possible! This could take a few hours or a few days, depending on CoTeacher availability. Your subscription period starts when you are matched with a CoTeacher.
What will a Co-Teach Support Session Look like?
Co-Teaching Support can be messaging, live chat sessions, live phone sessions, and live video sessions.
Parents will have a dedicated private and secure chat to communicate with their Co-Teacher. The chat is available 24/7. From any internet-connected device, wherever you are, you can write or use the walkie-talkie feature to share information about yourself, what is going on with you and/or your student, ask questions, discuss specific learning challenges or misconceptions or any other issues. Parents can post videos of their learners’ work, post pictures of specific errors being made, upload writing samples, etc. The Co-Teacher will reply by voice or text messages with feedback, insights, and guidance about the issues that hold parents back and prepare them to move their learners forward. This ongoing one-on-one dialog is the basis of the work with the Co-Teacher. Parents also have the ability to schedule a video session, video conferencing, or conference call with a Co-Teacher.