Institute for Educational Development

Live Online
7:00 am – 10:30 am

January 30, 2023

$395.00 per person

Half-Day Intensive Leadership Institute

Leading Your Co-Teaching Program to Greater Success

NEW Seminar Presented By
Catherine Wilson

Outstanding Special Educator, Author and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for School and District Leaders responsible for providing leadership for Co-Teaching Programs Serving Special Education Students in Grades K – 12: Directors of Special Education, Co-Teaching Trainers K – 12, Special Education Coordinators, Building Administrators

  • The four key components every leader needs to know in supporting a highly effective co-teaching program
  • What leadership can do to strengthen co-teaching practices throughout the school
  • Practical, positive ways to build support and buy-in among staff for coteaching practices
  • Develop a strategic plan for implementing a co-teaching program or increasing the effectiveness of your current co-teaching program

Practical Strategies

Develop your knowledge, skills, and confidence to lead your school or district toward more successful co-teaching implementation. During this live online half-day leadership institute, you will learn how inclusion practices are evolving and how co-teaching can best support these important changes in your school or district. Designed specifically for co-teaching leaders, you’ll gain a greater understanding of what makes co-teaching unique, the key aspects of successful programs you need to consider, and best practices for implementing and supporting co-teaching. You’ll leave with proven resources to help overcome the most common challenges to make the vision of high quality co-teaching and inclusion a reality and gain a better understanding of the ways as a leader you can better support your coteaching teams. Nationally recognized expert on co-teaching practices Catherine Wilson has developed this session around practical ideas, templates, and resources to help coteaching leaders better support their co-teaching teams.

You will leave this session with an extensive co-teaching leadership digital resource handbook filled with practical strategies and explicit steps you can take immediately to better support your teachers in increasing and improving inclusive practices through co-teaching.

A Practical, Half-Day Institute Focused on Strengthening Your Co-Teaching Program

Whether you attend as a school or district leader, or as a representative team member you’ll bring back essential knowledge and resources that can be used to start or grow your co-teaching implementation. You will learn the key aspects that are crucial for the success of inclusive classrooms that go far beyond simply including students with disabilities; and instead, more successfully teach communities of diverse learners. You will learn the most effective ways to build on the strengths of your current co-teaching program, while identifying potential shifts that will have the greatest impact on student achievement in your co-taught classrooms. Return to your school with practical, actionable steps you can take to improve co-teaching practices.

Develop a Plan to Strengthen Your Co-Teaching Program

Discover the attributes of leaders who have implemented highly effective co-teaching programs and learn how to inspire educators to make the vision of inclusion, collaboration and co-teaching a stronger reality in their practices. Gain realistic ideas for setting expectations, creating greater clarity around co-teaching and engaging educators in evolving their understanding of inclusive classrooms and instruction. During the session, you will have the opportunity to consider key ideas and concrete steps you can take to successfully start as well as improve a co-teaching program within your school, district, campus, or organization. Whether you are just starting to initiate a co-teaching program or are looking for proven ways to strengthen an existing co-teaching program, you’ll leave with an actionable plan to make your enhanced vision of co-teaching into a reality.

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn
  • What you need to know in your role as a co-teaching leader in starting or strengthening an existing co-teaching program
  • Practical strategies for supporting co-teachers whether they are just starting out or are more experienced co-teaching teams
  • Ready- to- use activities aimed at helping teachers more deeply understand the goals of inclusion and co-teaching when starting out or growing your implementation
  • Best practices for co-teaching logistics and pragmatics; including how to partner educators into co-teaching teams
  • Proven ways to evaluate the effectiveness of co-teaching teams and instruction
  • Practical tools for setting the stage for co-teaching
  • Specific examples and ideas for each of the 6 co-teaching approaches, along with real-life examples and ideas for increasing instructional intensity
  • Specific considerations, guidance and strategies for designing efficient co-teaching scheduling
  • Strategic steps to support a vision of successful co-teaching in your school or district
  • Examples of ways to communicate with families and learners to introduce the idea of co-teaching
  • The most effective practices and resources to support co-teaching teams in your district/school
  • Tips for finding and maximizing coplanning time for educators

Here's What You Can Expect From This Half-Day Institute

If you are a school or district leader searching for the most effective ways to implement a co-teaching program or strengthen your existing co-teaching program this is a unique opportunity you won’t want to miss. Although co-teaching is among the most effective ways to increase the success of students with special needs many school and district leaders lack the understanding of the critical role, they have in providing effective and supportive leadership for this increasingly popular initiative. Designed specifically for school and district administers, nationally recognized expert on co-teaching practices Catherine Wilson will share with you the most essential components of effective co-teaching programs and will define in very practical terms the specific things you can do in your role as an administrator that will significantly contribute to the success of your co-teaching program. You’ll leave this unique leadership institute equipped with a strategic plan and valuable insights to provide more effective leadership for your co-teaching efforts in your school, district, or program.

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Co-teaching is one the most effective initiatives implemented by school districts throughout the country to better support students with special needs. Students with special needs can no longer be simply physically “scheduled” in or “included” in general education classes. These students need and deserve authentic opportunities to access and participate in the curriculum. To accomplish this goal, co-teaching is embraced as a highly effective and meaningful way to achieve this. Designed specifically for co-teaching leaders, this unique leadership institute will cover the key components of effective coteaching programs and practical ways and resources leaders can better provide the support that is critical for successful co-teaching programs. You’ll receive proven resources along with practical strategies and important insights to help you work smarter not harder.

In this fast-paced, half- day session, I will share key ideas, tools and resources that you can use immediately to help you and your colleagues implement or grow co-teaching within your organization. I will share very specific clarifications around what is and is not co-teaching, highlight considerations for logistics and pragmatics vital to co-teaching success, and provide an opportunity for you to determine your plan for moving forward.

I invite you to join me for this valuable opportunity that will inspire and motivate you to return to your school better prepared to support co-teaching efforts and inclusive practices. To help support this experience, you will be provided with a digital resource handbook that has all the resources you need to create and maintaining high quality co-teaching practices in your organization. I look forward to working with you!

Catherine Wilson

P.S. I’ll be sharing with you only the most practical and solution-focused ideas based on my own experiences as a co-teacher and in coaching schools and districts in their co-teaching implementation.

Who Should Attend

School and District Leaders who are interested in implementing a successful coteaching program or strengthening an existing co-teaching program.

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Co-Teaching Digital Resource Handbook
    You will receive an extensive digital resource handbook giving you access to countless strategies. The handbook includes:
    • Practical ideas for setting the stage and getting teacher buy-in for coteaching
    • Strategic tools for supervising, evaluating, and growing co-teacher practices
    • Sequential steps for preparing for and implementing co-teaching
    • Ideas to improve, increase and institutionalize best co-teaching practices
  2. Consultation Available
    Catherine Wilson will be available for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own co-teaching program.
  3. Semester Credit Option:
    UMASS Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts, will be available at the seminar.
  4. 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.