Co-Teaching: Classroom Partnerships for Student Success

Co-Teaching: Classroom Partnerships for Student Success

Presented By: Marilyn Friend

Explore different models of co-teaching, the necessary elements for successful co-teaching partnerships, and the ways in which co-teaching can improve student outcomes. Learn about the interrelationship of co-teaching with specially designed instruction (SDI) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Event At A Glance:

(Grades K-12)The purpose of this workshop is to provide an overview of co-teaching as well as detailed information about effectively planning, implementing, and evaluating co-teaching programs. Participants will have the opportunity to explore both the conceptual and the operational aspects of this innovative approach to providing an education to students in the least restrictive environment, as well as discuss issues and concerns related to their own practices. The goal is to ensure that participants take their practice to the next level, designing instruction that fully utilizes the contributions of each professional so that all students reach their full potential.

The following are the objectives and key topics to be addressed in this professional development workshop:

1. How do we build (or renew) our co-teaching partnership?

  • The vocabulary of co-teaching
  • Co-teaching applications: special education, ESL, literacy and math coaching, speech/language therapy
  • Paraprofessionals in the context of co-teaching
  • Self-awareness and self-understanding
  • Novices and veterans
  • Co-teaching cycles
  • Data on the effectiveness of co-teaching

2. How do we create instructional intensity through co-teaching?

  • Description of six co-teaching approaches
  • Variations and elaborations on co-teaching approaches
  • Sample lesson plans for each co-teaching approach
  • Strategies for grouping students for co-teaching
  • Examples of lessons and evidence-based instructional strategies that are more easily implemented or enhanced through co-teaching
  • Co-teaching and response to intervention (RtI)

Who is Marilyn Friend?

Marilyn Friend, PhD, has spent her career as a general education teacher, special education teacher, researcher, professor, administrator, teacher educator, and staff developer. She is professor emerita of education in the Department of Specialized Education Services at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and she is past president of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

Dr. Friend has consulted with school professionals nationally and internationally (more than 3000 presentations and projects in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia) as they collaborate to educate their students, assisting them to create classroom partnerships, to form productive and efficient work teams, and to foster inclusive practices. She is the author or co-author of three widely used college textbooks on special education; a variety of co-teaching materials for teachers and administrators; more than 50 articles about collaboration, inclusive practices, and co-teaching; and a highly popular video series on co-teaching and other inclusive practices.

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