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National Presenter Series for Inclusive Practices (Virtual)
Effective and Sustainable Co-Teaching: Going Beyond the Basics with Dr. Marilyn Friend

The National Presenter Series for Inclusive Practices offers participants a unique opportunity to hear some of the leading national experts in education for diverse learners.  Participants will receive information on innovative strategies to support accessibility and proficiency for all learners inclusive of students with disabilities. The trainings support the Texas Teacher Standards and the Domains within the Texas Teacher Evaluation Support System (TTESS).  Join us for this unique and exciting opportunity.

Important Session Information:

Many professionals have learned about the fundamentals of co-teaching. They understand how contemporary co-teaching is different from the co-teaching of the past, they have clarified their roles and responsibilities, and they feel confident implementing the six classic co-teaching approaches. They understandably ask, “What else is there?” The answer to that question is that there are many additional topics to explore beyond the basics, and that is the focus of this professional development. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to reflect on your current co-teaching practices, explore variations of the basic co-teaching approaches, discuss the integration of specially designed instruction into co-teaching, address questions that you have related to your co-teaching practice, tackle practical matters such as planning time and scheduling, and consider a wide range of issues that may arise in co-taught classrooms and schools, including co-teaching in a virtual or remote environment. One key assumption is that you have already participated in a basic co-teaching professional development session; the intent is to move beyond the fundamentals. Here are the questions that will form the focus for the day: 1.How do you allocate co-teaching time among the six classic approaches? How could variations of the approaches enhance student learning? 2.How do co-teachers effectively and efficiently plan for their shared instruction, particularly if they are working in a remote or virtual learning environment? What are realistic expectations regarding co-planning time? 3.What are recommended practices regarding the classroom logistics of co-teaching (e.g., student movement, noise level student groupings-live or virtual, use of classroom equipment)? 4.How do school/system logistics affect co-teaching effectiveness (e.g., class composition, special educator schedule, schoolwide schedule)? 5.What is specially designed instruction (SDI)? How is SDI distinguished from differentiation, accommodation, and modification? What is the obligation of co-teachers to incorporate SDI into their instruction, regardless of its format, and how do they accomplish this? 6.How can co-teachers address their other issues and concerns, both those that being experienced and those that are anticipated?

Dimension 1.1: Standards and Alignment, Dimension 1.2: Data and Assessment, Dimension 1.3: Knowledge of Students, Dimension 2.1: Achieving Expectations, Dimension 2.4: Differentiation, Dimension 2.5: Monitor and Adjust, Dimension 3.3: Classroom Culture; Standard 1 - Instructional Leadership, Standard 4 - School Culture

Registration ends at 12:00 AM on Monday, October 12, 2020
Session ID:
Credits Available:
(6) Clock Hours
(6) CPE
Contact Person:
Ashley Jackson
Registration Fee:
Dr. Marilyn Friend
Administrator, Curriculum Specialist, Educational Diagnosticians, Educators, Instructional Specialists, Special Education Administrators, Special Education Teachers
Date Time Location
10/20/2020 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM Zoom Session, Online Course
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Zoom Session, Online Course

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