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.,) to help families support their magnificent learners.
Families want their children to thrive; educators are knowledgeable and experienced in helping children thrive and grow as learners. At Co-Teach we decided to connect families and educators, but in a way that’s driven by families and their needs, vision, and questions. Greater access to awesome educators can help families overcome challenges, minimize stress, and enhance connection as children learn and grow.
Our mission is to make 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 children.
Who is Co-Teach for?
Co-Teach is for anyone who is supporting a early childhood through middle school age learner (Birth-13).
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 a parent/caregiver signs up, we will match them to a teacher based on their family's goals, 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 based on the number of real-time check-ins per month you would like with your Co-Teacher. Service can be as low as $39.99 one planning session to $40-$60 per week (billed monthly) in three-month subscription packages. You can cancel your membership at any time for any reason.
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 Co-Teach to no longer be necessary 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 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 what is going on with you and/or your learner, ask questions, discuss specific learning challenges or misconceptions or any other issues. The Co-Teacher will reply back 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 or conference call with their Co-Teacher.