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About Your Instructor – Marilyn Friend

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Uniquely Qualified Instructor

Marilyn Friend is an experienced general education and special education teacher as well as a teacher educator preparing professionals to work in inclusive schools. She is an internationally acclaimed staff developer who focuses on helping school personnel work together effectively to educate all students.

Marilyn is the co-producer of The Power of Two, a videotape that illustrates the potential of co-teaching; More Power: Instruction in Co-Taught Classes, a videotape on how to make the most of two teachers in one classroom; and Co-Teach! A Handbook for Creating and Sustaining Classroom Partnerships in Inclusive Schools. She is also the co-author of Interactions: Collaboration Skills for School Professionals (with Dr. Lynne Cook) and Including Students with Special Needs (with Dr. Bill Bursuck). In addition, Marilyn is the author of Successful CO-TEACHING STRATEGIES: Increasing the Effectiveness of Your Inclusive Practices (Grades 1-12), the extensive resource handbook each participant will receive at the seminar.

Marilyn’s presentations are fast-paced, reality-based and filled with humor. You’ll leave the seminar with many, many ideas and strategies that will help you begin your co-teaching program or refine your existing co-teaching program.

What Your Colleagues Say About Your Presenter

“I have been in co-teaching for about ten years. I feel renewed and have a surplus of new ideas. Thank you!”
– Carol Senft, High School Special Education Teacher

“As a teacher who has been doing co-teaching for the last five years, I found this seminar to be an excellent source of fresh ideas that I can actually use immediately in the classroom with my co-teacher. Thank you!”
– Nancy Cich, Fifth Grade Teacher

Great for all levels of experience with co-teaching.”
– Jennifer Stefan, Third Grade Teacher

“This was an awesome seminar. I took home many realistic ideas to try.
– Melissa Parish, Third Grade Teacher

Dr. Marilyn Friend was very energetic, passionate and humorous! It was a great seminar!”
– Amanda Peters, Second Grade Teacher

Dr. Friend addressed all aspects and approaches to co-teaching. The day absolutely flew by! One of the best seminars I’ve ever attended!”
– Laureen Hirsch, Special Education Teacher

“Excellent seminar! It provided me with so many great ideas and ways to improve our present co-teaching models. This was one of the best seminars I have been to in years. Superb!”
– Virginia Bower, Special Education Teacher

Dr. Friend was great! She definitely knows her stuff. Great stories and examples and lots of ideas to bring back to my classroom.”
– Jeff Morrow, Fifth Grade Teacher

Marilyn Friend was extremely knowledgeable about co-teaching and collaborating. I appreciated her humor, wit, listening, and great examples.”
– Jamie Casullo, Fourth Grade Teacher

Best seminar on co-teaching that I’ve attended. Her humor and easy-to-follow style make this seminar worth it. Excellent! It is a pleasure to learn from Dr. Marilyn Friend.”
– Aneesa S. Yadali, Special Education Teacher

I’ve now been to two of Marilyn Friend’s seminars on co-teaching and thought about the layers of my job differently each time. Thank you.”
– Laura Breault, Middle School Special Education Teacher

Awesome! Marilyn Friend was amazing! I love the concrete strategies for increasing effectiveness in the classroom and raising student achievement.”
– Ainsely Shomberg, Special Education Teacher

“Excellent! Practical information and strategies were presented. Marilyn Friend raises the issues and offers solutions for each of them. Thank you!”
– Karen Brann, Director of Special Education

Thank you! Dr. Friend was dynamic and gave fabulous examples to illustrate concepts.”
– Kristin V. Lynden, Regional Special Education Specialist

“Marilyn Friend was terrific! She shared so many great ideas for co-teaching such as what to do and not to do. Her real school examples were wonderful. I can’t wait to use these ideas.”
– Pam Recko, Teacher