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Effective Strategies for Working Together in Today's Inclusive Classroom

Presented by Kathleen Kryza
Outstanding Teacher, Presenter and Co Author of Differentiating in the Real Classroom, (Corwin Press)

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Designed for Grades 1-12: General Education Teachers, Special Education Staff and Other Specialists who Co Teach or are Preparing to Co Teach as a Part of Their Inclusion Practices

  • Discover how general and special education staff can work together successfully to maximize student learning of your State Standards
  • Timesaving ways to build and use collaborative support systems for communicating with your co-teaching partner
  • Practical strategies to actively engage all learners in your inclusive classroom
  • Learn a variety of highly practical co-teaching approaches and how they can be integrated most effectively into your instructional routines
  • Ideas for using co-teaching to differentiate instruction to better meet the needs of your students with mild-to-moderate disabilities while still meeting the needs of the rest of your class

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Today’s classrooms are more diverse than ever before and we, as educators, are challenged to meet the needs of all students including those with disabilities or other special needs. Co-teaching is a powerful way to meet the academic needs of a variety of learners in today’s classrooms. But what exactly is co-teaching and what are the most effective ways to go about it? In this outstanding seminar, Kathleen Kryza will offer you dozens of practical tips, tools and strategies to assist you in creating a new co-teaching program or to strengthen your current co-teaching program.

You will learn how a special education teacher and a general education teacher can work together most efficiently and effectively, numerous ways to differentiate lessons that work best with two teachers and how to best communicate with your co-teaching partner. Co-teaching has the potential to assist educators to create classrooms that recognize and address the range of student abilities by using the expertise of both general and special educators. Join Kathleen and discover the powerful benefits of co-teaching and gain a wealth of new ideas you can use immediately in your grades 1-12 classrooms.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Maximizing Your Students’ Learning Through Effective Co-Teaching Practices
    Learn numerous, highly practical co-teaching approaches and how you can use them in your co-taught classroom … Powerful strategies for developing partnerships between special and general education staff that maximize each teacher’s strengths
  2. Planning, Scheduling and Evaluating the Co-Teaching Process
    Learn ways to find time for planning and monitoring your work together … Practical ideas that will make the best use of the limited time you have
  3. Communicating Effectively in Co-Teaching Teams
    One of the biggest barriers to successful co-teaching is a lack of communication … Discover strategies for communicating effectively with your co-teaching partner
  4. Differentiating and Actively Engaging All Your Students
    Learn dynamic, differentiated techniques for adapting your instruction and lessons to reach more students … See how two teachers can use strategies to actively engage all students in a co-taught classroom leading to greater participation
  5. Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment for Teachers Working with Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
    Establishing an environment that values diversity is an essential component to a successful co-teaching experience … Find meaningful ways to build quality teacher relationships as well as ways to build a positive and accepting classroom
  6. Addressing Your State Standards and Maintaining High Expectations in the Co-Taught Classroom
    Learn innovative ways to keep rigor and relevance priorities in your classroom … Meeting the requirements of your State Standards in a co-taught classroom
  7. Co-Designing Lessons Effectively and Efficiently
    Learn techniques for “co-planning” your lessons based on your standards and benchmarks … Practical ideas you can use right away
  8. Scaffolding Instruction in a Co-Taught Classroom
    Discover the power of having two teachers to scaffold instruction for your students … Implement strategies that build on what your students already know and take them to the next level of learning
  9. Assessing in the Co-Taught Classroom
    Find useful ways to modify tests and develop performance-based assessments that help struggling students experience success in your classroom … See how assessments can motivate your students to achieve
  10. Building Your Co-Teaching Toolkit of Strategies
    Receive an extensive resource handbook filled with user-friendly forms and lessons that you can implement immediately in your grades 1-12 co-taught classrooms

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Powerful strategies for using co-teaching to teach and reach students with learning disabilities and maximize instructional effectiveness in your grades 1-12 program
  • Find specific ideas for defining roles and responsibilities between general and special education staff as well as other support staff
  • Ideas to collaborate and communicate with your co-teaching partner
  • Engaging and meaningful vocabulary and study tips that teach to a variety of learning styles
  • Learn how our mindsets impact our co-teaching expectations and practices
  • Strategies that help students develop a growth mindset for learning
  • Design differentiated lessons that meet your State Standards and benchmarks
  • How to design co-teaching lessons that require a high level of student participation and engagement in their own learning
  • Ways to attain and maintain the rigor your State Standards require
  • Tips for adapting lessons and using technology
  • Strategies to teach students to learn and work in groups in a co-taught classroom
  • Useful and proven tips from experienced co-teaching teams
  • Grading and formative assessment tips and techniques
  • Keeping the rigor and responsibility in your co-taught classroom
  • Adapting the curriculum using a highly effective framework

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Both special education and general education teachers want to see their students succeed in school and in life. The challenge today is that the diversity of abilities continues to widen in our classrooms and more students with special needs are included in the general education classroom. Now, more than ever, teachers need to discover the power of co-teaching to better meet all learners’ needs. This seminar will offer you proven methods and inspiration for making co-teaching work in your classroom and school.

I started the co-teaching program in my district when I realized many of the special education students in my resource room could truly benefit by learning from content area experts, knowing that they still needed some additional support from me. I knew my students would learn more from a co-teaching approach. What I wasn’t expecting was how co-teaching would change my world as an educator. I learned that two heads really are better than one, especially when it comes to finding ways to meet the needs of struggling learners.

My passion and enthusiasm for helping all students succeed has drawn me to share what I and so many others have discovered. Co-teaching can be the most rewarding and invigorating teaching experience you will have as an educator. You will help more students become successful learners, learn new teaching techniques from your colleagues, better understand content area concepts, and much, much more!

The exciting news is that we have the tools and strategies we need to help students become more effective learners. I am pleased to be able to share dozens of strategies that can help you along your path to co-teaching success. Together, we CAN make a difference for all our students.

Kathleen Kryza

P.S. My goal is to send you back to your school with a rich toolkit of practical strategies you can implement immediately in your co-teaching classroom(s).

Who Should Attend

Educators Serving Grades 1-12: General Education Teachers, Special Education Staff and Other Specialists who co-teach or are preparing to co-teach as a part of their inclusion practices. Co-teaching teams are encouraged to attend, but not required.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Co-Teaching Resource Handbook
You will receive an extensive, user-friendly co-teaching resource handbook designed specifically for this seminar. Included in the handbook are:

  • Specific ways to make co-teaching successful for you and your students
  • Differentiated strategies for adapting your lessons
  • Timesaving tips and strategies for planning and collaborating
  • Teacher-friendly co-teaching approaches
  • Assessment techniques for the co-taught classroom

Meet and Share
This seminar provides participants a great opportunity to meet and share ideas with other educators who are looking at creating or strengthening their co-teaching program.

Consultation Available
Kathleen Kryza will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your co-taught program.

Semester Credit Option
Brandman University Logo Up to four Graduate level professional development credit are available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at this BER program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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