Successful Co-Teaching Strategies
Increasing the Effectiveness of Your Inclusive Practices
Presented by Dr. Marilyn Friend
Specifically Designed for General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers and Other Specialists Who Currently Co-Teach or Plan to Co-Teach as Part of Their Schools’ Inclusive Practices
Build strong partnerships between general and special education teachers and other support providers
- Maximize co-teaching effectiveness by resolving dilemmas related to co-planning time, scheduling and other practical matters
- Learn how successful co-teachers divide roles and responsibilities to create a seamless education for their students
- Meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) through co-teaching
- Learn exciting ways to increase the instructional effectiveness of your co-taught class
- View video clips of co-teaching in action and receive the extensive resource handbook developed by Dr. Marilyn Friend specifically for this seminar
Practical Ideas and Strategies
As educators we are being asked to teach an increasingly diverse student population, including students with disabilities or other special needs. As expectations increase that these students access the general curriculum and make adequate yearly progress toward reaching high academic standards, our challenge is to meet the needs of all students without neglecting any of them. One of the best ways of meeting the needs of all students is to partner professionals in the classroom through co-teaching.
Co-teaching has the potential to help teachers and other educators create classrooms that recognize and address a tremendous range of student diversity by drawing on the differing yet complementary expertise of both general and special educators. In this workshop, Marilyn Friend will provide the key elements necessary to begin a co-teaching program or refine and sustain an existing one. She will offer practical, classroom-proven ideas that will help you set realistic expectations for co-teaching and create co-teaching arrangements that preserve a sense of classroom community, while at the same time give special educators an active teaching role.
Because co-teaching is a partnership, teaching teams are encouraged to attend. However, whether or not you are co-teaching, this workshop will prepare you to create an optimum learning environment through co-teaching.
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
Clarifying What Co-Teaching Is and What It Isn’t
Learn to distinguish among co-teaching, team teaching, inclusion, and collaboration … Maximize your students’ learning through effective co-teaching practices
- Identifying the Key Elements of Successful Co-Teaching
Incorporate the key elements of co-teaching into your strategies … Learn how two teachers can increase instructional intensity in order to improve student outcomes
- Creating Powerful Instructional Teams
Learn practical strategies that enable general education teachers, special education teachers and support staff to become highly effective co-teaching teams … Utilize self-awareness and self-evaluation to create strong, successful co-teaching partnerships
- Using Six Approaches to Co-Teaching
Create a strong program by effectively utilizing each educator’s areas of expertise … Go beyond one teacher teaching while the other teacher helps students
- Planning Co-Taught Lessons
Learn how lesson plans can be more focused, more creative and more differentiated in co-taught classrooms … Specific instructional ideas for elementary, middle and high school levels
- Using Co-Teaching to Address ESEA and IDEA Mandates
Utilize co-teaching as part of Response to Intervention (RTI) procedures to assist your students to reach their potential and to prepare them to demonstrate their learning on high-stakes tests … Specific ideas you can use in your program
- Grading Students in Co-Taught Classrooms
Learn how co-teachers make decisions regarding fairness in grading their students with diverse needs … Identify grading issues and tackle them realistically
- Finding Time to Plan for Co-Teaching
Learn several strategies for creating planning time … Creatively solve planning time issues to increase the success of your inclusive program
- Developing Workable Schedules for Co-Teaching
Make co-teaching a feasible part of your schedule … Explore innovative ways of working around scheduling constraints and daily workloads
- Assessing the Effectiveness of Your Co-Teaching Program
Use practical guidelines for evaluating and refining your co-teaching program (Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook)
Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately
Creative ideas for planning co-teaching lessons
- Specific strategies for dividing instructional responsibilities between co-teachers
- Examples of co-teaching lessons for elementary, middle and high school teachers
- Specific suggestions for grouping students in co-taught classrooms
- Ideas for enhancing instruction in your co-taught class
- Proven ways to use co-teaching to implement Response to Intervention procedures and maximize instructional effectiveness
- Clear examples of co-teaching dilemmas and suggestions for addressing them
- Useful, working definitions of co-teaching and other terms it is sometimes confused with such as inclusion, collaboration, team teaching, consultative teaching, and collaborative teaching
- Guidelines from experienced co-teachers on how to make co-teaching work most effectively
- Innovative suggestions for finding time to plan for co-teaching
- Ways to effectively use reading specialists, speech/language pathologists, and other staff in co-teaching programs
- Suggestions on how to begin a co-teaching program as well as how to refine an existing one to ensure sustainability
- Tips for discussing co-teaching with colleagues, parents, administrators, and community members
- Practical ways of judging the success of co-teaching programs
- Ideas on how co-teaching can be used to help meet school reform mandates
A Message From Your Seminar Leader
You may be a newcomer to co-teaching – the instructional arrangement in which a general education teacher and a special service provider or another specialist form a partnership to instruct students. Or perhaps you have been co-teaching for several years and are wondering how to take your partnership to the next level. Whether a novice or veteran co-teacher, you may be asking questions like these:
- How can co-teaching be structured so that BOTH teachers contribute to instruction and student achievement increases?
- How should co-teaching partners be selected and for how long should a partnership last?
- What role can special educators play in secondary content area instruction?
- What is the difference between team teaching and co-teaching?
- How should students be assigned to co-taught classes?
- How can co-teachers find common time to plan their instruction?
- How should co-teaching be explained to parents?
- What happens to co-teaching when there are budget cuts?
- How do we know if our co-teaching is truly effective?
At this seminar, we’ll address these questions and more. Having worked in all types of school districts with thousands of professionals who co-teach, I have learned invaluable ways to make co-teaching a successful and sustainable practice in classrooms and I have learned the many pitfalls to avoid. You will leave this seminar with numerous strategies for beginning or refining your co-teaching programs.
I look forward to meeting you and discussing the benefits of co-teaching with you.
Dr. Marilyn Friend
P.S. Our focus will be on practical strategies for creating and refining co teaching, including ideas for working with students with mild-to-moderate disabilities or other special needs in general education classrooms.
Who Should Attend
Educators serving grades 1-12: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Related Services Professionals, ESL and bilingual educators, and Administrators.
Special Benefits of Attending
Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive co-teaching resource handbook designed specifically for this seminar. The handbook includes:
working definitions of key concepts related to co-teaching
- updated information on how co-teaching can help you to meet the requirements of the latest priorities in the ESEA
- worksheets for assessing your personal and school readiness for co-teaching
- sample co-teaching lesson plan formats
- checklists of issues to address and topics to discuss for both novice and experienced co-teachers
- examples of instructional accommodations that can be utilized in co-taught classes
- answers to many common questions about co-teaching programs
- a bibliography of materials and Web sites related to co-teaching
Marilyn’s seminar is valuable for individual educators, administrators and parents who are involved in inclusive education; however, the impact of the seminar is enhanced when groups participate in this day filled with innovative ideas for co-teaching.
Semester Credit Option
Graduate elective credit is available with an additional fee and completion of a follow-up practicum project. Details for direct enrollment with Chapman University (California) will be available at the seminar.
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.