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Best Practices in CO-TEACHING:

Increase Your Students’ Success in Meeting High Academic Expectations

Presented by Susan Fitzell
Outstanding Special Education Teacher, Author and National Presenter

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Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Grades K-12: General Education Teachers, Special Education Staff, and Other Specialists Who Currently Co-Teach or Plan to Co-Teach as Part of Their School’s Inclusion Practices

  • Expand upon the basic co-teaching models to explore over two dozen innovative, practical and clearly explained implementation techniques for collaboration – maximize the skills of two adults in the classroom
  • Build strong partnerships between general and special education staff and other specialists – how to maximize teacher strengths and identify the best roles and responsibilities for each professional
  • Examples of successful co-teaching options that accelerate students’ learning and success in meeting state-specific standards
  • See video clips of co-teaching in action and receive an extensive co-teaching resource handbook

Practical Ideas and Strategies

This timely seminar is filled with new, effective, updated co-teaching approaches and clear implementation methods. Now, more than ever, we teach an increasingly diverse student population, including students with disabilities or other special needs. Our challenge is meeting the needs of all our students, without neglecting any of them. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this goal is to partner professionals in the classroom through co-teaching.

In this seminar, Susan Fitzell will address the keys to general education teachers and specialists successfully co-teaching in the classroom. You will learn dozens of practical tips, including new ideas for implementing the co-teaching models, collaborative lesson planning, efficient use of precious class time, and dealing with a wide range of student ability levels in the classroom. You will see real classroom video clips of co-teaching in action. This outstanding seminar will also include proven instructional strategies for use within co-teaching partnerships.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover powerful co-teaching strategies and gain a wealth of new ideas you can immediately utilize in your grades K -12 co-taught classrooms.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. The Latest, Best Practices in Co-Teaching
    Learn dozens of outstanding, best practice ideas and strategies to help you make the most of your co-teaching program
  2. New, Updated Strategies for Using the Six Approaches to Co-Teaching
    Go beyond one teacher teaching while the other helps individual students … Consider co-teaching approaches that best utilize teacher strengths and student capabilities to accelerate student learning
  3. Discover Practical Ideas for Managing Time and Schedules
    Creatively solve commonly occuring planning time issues … Explore innovative and technology-based ways of working around schedule constraints and daily workloads
  4. Realize Better Results for Your Efforts in Co-Taught Classes
    Learn which models work best for different purposes … Match your instructional targets and students’ learning goals to specific co-teaching models and approaches
  5. Enrich, Differentiate and Engage
    Learn dynamic, research-based strategies and differentiated techniques for adapting your instruction and lessons to reach more students … See how two teachers can use lesson design strategies to differentiate and maximize student participation and engagement
  6. Work Collaboratively for Student Success
    Understand key issues that co-teachers face and how to maximize co-teachers’ strengths … Work collaboratively to increase the success of your students with special needs while integrating high academic expectations
  7. Maintain High Expectations in the Co-Taught Classroom
    Learn innovative ways to keep the focus on rigor and relevance in your classroom … Practical strategies to achieve high standards in your co-taught classroom
  8. Utilize a Proven, Step-by-Step Approach to Structure the Co-Taught Classroom
    Obtain necessary tools, lists and forms that guide you through the process of structuring a co-teaching environment that works at all levels … Tips for optimizing your time and laying the groundwork for effective collaboration and increased rigor
  9. Strengthen Your Repertoire of Learning Strategies that Align with High Academic Expectations
    Learn a variety of research-based, brain-based strategies that you and your co-teacher can use to reach all your students and help them meet high expectations
  10. Expand Your Repertoire of Techniques for Teaching Targeted Small Groups Within the Co-Taught General Education Classroom
    Learn timesaving strategies to target assessment, data management and progress monitoring to better provide specially designed instruction practices to meet the IEP goals embedded in the general education curriculum … Discover proven methods to target specific skill needs through flexible, easy-to-manage skills groups within the general education classroom

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • The most up-to-date co-teaching strategies with current practices and variations to strengthen your co-taught classroom
  • Effective ways to divide instructional responsibilities between teachers
  • How to vary your co-teaching instruction to go beyond one teacher teaching and one teacher monitoring students
  • Specific suggestions to group students equitably
  • Video clips that demonstrate co-teaching models in action
  • Ideas to incorporate students’ specialized instruction into co-taught lessons
  • Ways co-teachers can effectively address state-specific standards
  • Examples of co-teaching lesson activities from elementary, middle, and high school teachers
  • Strategies to work most effectively with ESL, SLP and other specialists in a co-taught classroom
  • Opportunities to discuss and share ideas with your team or other educators interested in successful co-teaching strategies
  • How to make the best use of planning time, including the use of electronic, internet-based planning platforms
  • How to build on what you currently have in place in your co-taught classroom by targeting what your students really need and what you and your co-teacher can realistically add or change
  • Help your students with special needs take charge of their own learning in your co-taught classrooms
  • Timesaving strategies and tech resources for lesson planning with your co-teacher in the cloud
  • Solutions to challenges faced with IEP modifications, lesson planning, progress monitoring, re-teaching, meeting academic expectations, and balancing professional roles in the classroom
  • How to use co-teaching as an option for helping students succeed
  • New, research-based teaching strategies that support high expectations in the co-taught classroom
  • Easy-to-plan, highly effective strategies to help your students with special needs achieve greater success immediately

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

I started co-teaching in 1993 in what was called the “Dumped-Into-it” model of co-teaching. Yes, we were just dumped into it. We struggled through those first years of inclusion and co-teaching, muddling our way through by trial and error. Later I started presenting workshops on inclusion and co-teaching so that other teachers would have solutions to increase their success with this initiative. So, I come from a place of tremendous respect and understanding for co-teachers working to support students with differing needs. Because the academic expectations were high, we also had to learn how to maintain rigor while reaching students with special needs as well as engage students who achieve success.

For almost two decades, I’ve worked hand in hand with teachers in classrooms throughout the USA helping them find solutions to their daily co-teaching challenges. We’ve worked together to find solutions to questions like:

  • How do we find the time to use co-teaching models, differentiate instruction and still cover the content?
  • How do I work with a co-teacher who is not an expert in the content area so that students benefit?
  • How do I keep up academic rigor, teach to the standards and not lose struggling students?
  • How do we ensure that their students with disabilities, on an RTI plan, or who are English language learners receive the services they should as part of co-teaching without pulling them aside and stigmatizing them?
  • How should my co-teaching partner and I divide responsibilities – those during teaching as well as those related to preparing for teaching?
  • I’ve read about the co-teaching models, but I still don’t understand. What co-teaching models work best?

In this seminar, we’ll address these questions and more. After many years of experience with co-teaching, I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t in an inclusive, co-taught classroom. My goal is to support your success while showing you the pitfalls to avoid. You will leave this seminar with many simple, straightforward, and effective strategies, best practices, and classroom-proven tips to enhance the success of all students in your co-taught classroom while maintaining the required rigor of high academic expectations.

I look forward to meeting you and not only sharing strategies with you, but also, learning from you. Never forget that you make a difference!

Sincerely,
Susan Gingras Fitzell

P.S. I’m hoping that you’ll come with your co-teaching partner, so you can learn what you need to take your co-teaching practice to the next level.

Who Should Attend

Educators serving Grades K-12: General Education Teachers, Special Education Staff and other specialists who currently co-teach or plan to co-teach as part of their school’s inclusion practices. Teaching teams are encouraged to attend.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:

  • Descriptions and visuals of co-teaching approaches that elevate the basic models
  • Multiple checklists and tools for building and evaluating your co-teaching efforts and/or readiness
  • Teacher-friendly resources for research-based instructional methods that work especially well in co-taught classrooms
  • Guidelines for adapting and individualizing assessment and grading
  • Answers to many common questions about co-teaching approaches
  • A bibliography of resources on co-teaching
  • Tips for collaborating effectively with staff

Meet and Share
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in best practices in co-teaching.

Consultation Available
Susan Fitzell will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding the unique needs of your 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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