• The Power of 2, Third Edition
  • item #: 21

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  • ©2016
  • 120 minutes, close caption

price: $149

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Marilyn Friend, Ph.D., has spent her career as a general education teacher, special education teacher, teacher educator, and staff developer. She has served on the Board of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children. She has consulted with school professionals nationally and internationally (more than 1000 presentations and projects in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia) as they collaborate to educate their students, assisting them to form productive and efficient work teams, to learn the best ways to manage awkward or adversarial conversations, and to communicate effectively with parents. She's the author of the Co-Teach Handbook.

DVD overview

Includes Digital Guide PDF on DVD.


The third edition of the Power of 2 preserves the fundamental concepts, the classic six classroom approaches—that still have validity after two decades of scrutiny—while at the same time updating the examples that reflect co-teaching’s evolution, such as, an examination of services provided by teachers of students who are English language learners.

Updates to the third edition include in-depth understanding of how to provide specialized education services by utilizing the skills of both general education and special education (or other specialized) personnel in the general education classroom. Featured teachers discuss how they use data to specially design instruction, plus we focus attention on co-teacher’s roles in the provision of specially designed instruction for students with disabilities. Featured teachers also discuss in detail how they use data to group students, design instruction, and monitor progress.

This video program, when combined with the activities suggested in this facilitator guide, can create a solid foundation for the development of new co-teaching programs or the enhancement and renewal of existing ones.

The Power of 2 will assist educators—early career teachers as well as those with many years of experience—to collaborate and share their knowledge and skills in order to ensure students maximize their potential. 

DVD Program Sections


  • Welcome to Power of 2

  • Defining Co-Teaching  

  • Elements of Effective Co-Teaching Partnerships  

  • Six Co-Teaching Approaches

    • One Teach, One Observe

    • Station Teaching

    • Parallel Teaching

    • Alternative Teaching

    • Teaming

    • One Teach, One Assist

  • Practical Matters: Planning

  • Practical Matters: Co-Teaching Logistics

  • Administrative Matters

  • Third Edition Wrap-Up

Bonus Instruction:

  • Elementary Teachers’ Morning Meeting

  • Middle School Teachers Illustrate SDI and Accommodations

  • High School Teachers Discuss the Integration of Data and Instruction

Praise for the Power of 2

"Highly recommended for professional development.”

—Gina Smith, Assistant Superintendent, Programs for Exceptional Children Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools