Institute for Educational Development

Live Online
6:00 am – 12:30 pm

December 5, 2022

$279.00 per person

Co-Teaching and Specially Designed Instruction: Powerful Strategies That Work

NEW Seminar Presented By
Laura Shemancik

Outstanding Educator and Presenter

Specifically Designed for Grades K-12: General Education Teachers, Special Education Staff, Department Teams, Instructional Coaches, Reading Specialists, Paraprofessionals, Administrators, and other Specialists who currently Co-Teach or plan to Co-Teach as part of their schools’ inclusive practices

  • Discover multiple approaches and common pitfalls to avoid when delivering Specially Designed Instruction in your co-taught classroom
  • How to scaffold and differentiate your co-teaching instruction to better meet the needs of special education students in your inclusive classroom
  • Acquire dozens of instantly usable strategies, innovative resources, and techniques to engage and maintain students in active learning
  • Practical ideas to strengthen instruction and partnership in your co-taught classroom

Practical Strategies

As we co-teach to both general education and special needs students, we include in our lessons the specially designed instruction our students with disabilities are required to receive. In this NEW strategy-packed seminar led by Laura Shemancik, you will discover practical ways to better engage ALL your students with the most effective, innovative, classroom-tested co-teaching practices to improve student outcomes. This unique one-day seminar will provide best practices for more successful co-teaching and specially designed instructional strategies to increase student achievement. By the end of the day, you will walk away with dozens of highly practical, effective strategies and an extensive digital resource handbook. The handbook is designed to help you reach your goal of effective delivery of specially designed instruction, to maximize the positive impact of your coteaching partnership.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Powerful Co-Teaching Strategies to Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Specially Designed Instruction
    Explore dozens of specially designed instructional strategies and activities that can be used in your co-taught classroom … Practical ideas that work!
  2. Motivate Students with Special Needs Through Active Learning in Your Co-Taught Classroom
    Multiple research-based strategies to increase achievement in your co-taught classroom … Proven ideas to motivate and engage your students
  3. Select the Best Instructional Techniques for a More Effective Co-Taught Classroom
    Incorporate best teaching practices to increase the impact for all students, including your English language learners … Make your classroom more language rich and improve learning for all your students
  4. Practical Ways to Meet the Needs of Special Education Students in Your Co-Taught Classroom
    Co-teaching provides an excellent opportunity to better differentiate instruction … Discover numerous methods for differentiating and using cooperative group work to engage all your students
  5. Make the Most of Implementing Multiple, Flexible Co-Teaching Models
    How to use various co-teaching models to deliver specially designed instruction … Increase student success by varying your approaches to co-teaching
  6. Utilize Numerous Tools and Resources to Strengthen Your Specially Designed Instruction
    Leave this seminar with practical tools for more successful co-teaching … Ideas for differentiating, using small group instruction, whole class strategies, and numerous resources you won’t want to miss!
  7. What Works and What Doesn’t Work in Co-Taught Classrooms
    Learn what works in successful co-teaching situations and how to avoid the common mistakes that can interfere with collaborative team building … Start out on the right foot and maintain your path to success
  8. Find Practical Solutions for Challenging Issues in Co-Teaching
    Whether you are new to co-teaching or a veteran, new and difficult issues can arise due to content complexity or interpersonal differences … Discover strategies that will help you address and prevent issues from getting too big to tackle
  9. Practical Strategies for Effectively Managing a Co-Taught Classroom
    Specific strategies to help your more easily manage a differentiated classroom and small groups to practice targeted skills and deepen understanding for all your students while providing specially designed instruction for students with special needs … How to make it all work!
  10. Receive an Extensive Digital Resource Handbook with Many Practical Ideas for Delivering Specially Designed Instruction in your Co-Taught Classroom
    Each participant will receive the extensive digital resource handbook written specifically for this seminar to help you implement outstanding specially designed instruction strategies in your co-taught classroom

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Explore dozens of ways to incorporate specially designed instructional strategies and receive practical activities that can be used immediately
  • Practical strategies to identify and incorporate specially designed instruction into your current co-teaching practices
  • Boost student learning and active involvement using specially designed instruction in your co-taught classroom
  • Strategies to scaffold and differentiate instruction in your co-taught classroom
  • Use simple assessment strategies to monitor your students’ skill development and conceptual understanding in a co-taught setting
  • Avoid the common pitfalls when starting and maintaining a co-teaching program
  • Discover multiple co-teaching approaches and models and when to use them for specially designed instruction in your traditional classroom or online
  • Experience hands-on, practical co-teaching strategies that increase learning for students with special needs
  • Learn ways tomaximize student participation in your co-taught specially designed instruction
  • Current ways to enhance your co-teaching practices to boost learning and increase active engagement of ALL students
  • Utilize a variety of effective co-teaching instructional strategies to make your special needs students’ thinking more visible and assessable
  • Gather tools and resources for better working together to strengthen your specially designed instruction
  • Explore creative ideas for finding more time to collaborate and co-plan with your teaching partners
  • Structure co-teaching schedules that work better for everyone involved
  • Maximize the essential components of a co-taught classroom to better facilitate your SDI
  • Maximize your students’ achievement using effective and efficient co-teaching practices that work
  • Distinguish best practices to tap the expertise of each teacher in the co-teaching partnership
  • Proven strategies for helping students promote a growth mindset, build classroom community, and increase student motivation to accelerate success for diverse learners
  • Maximize the benefits of small groups with classroom-tested instructional strategies for co-taught, specially designed instruction

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Give yourself a pat on the back! I celebrate you for continuing to grow your expertise on behalf of the students in your co-taught classroom. Our students are not the same as they were ten years ago, five years ago, or even two years ago. We are faced with the need to further explore best practices while continuing to provide rigorous, high quality Specially Designed Instruction in our co-taught classrooms. As co-teachers, we promote the principles of success and inclusivity, and are always interested in discovering new ways to enhance the learning experience for all our students.

In this one-day seminar, you will gain new tools, resources, and understandings of the principles of co-teaching and enhance what you already know. As a great colleague of mine once said, “co-teaching is like a professional marriage.” By attending this training, you will learn more ways to effectively collaborate with your partner to maximize your efforts in meeting the needs of all your students. In addition, together we will explore the key tenants of specially designed instruction, models of co-teaching, and student engagement strategies. You will leave this training with a toolbox of information that can be implemented immediately or be better prepared to plan with your partner. I will also share with you what has worked with me and what hasn’t worked for me in my co-teaching partnerships. You will have time to explore what is currently working in your school system, what challenges you may be facing and create plans for maximizing on the gift of having two highly effective teachers in the classroom.

I am passionate about high quality co-teaching and Specially Designed Instruction, and I am thankful that you are considering spending the day with me to learn together on our journey as educators. When you leave this seminar, I promise you will feel invigorated, inspired, and motivated to strengthen your co-teaching using specially designed instruction to better meet the needs of all your students.

Laura Shemancik

P.S. I guarantee you will leave this seminar reenergized and armed with ready to use tools that will make a tremendous difference for your co-taught, special needs students. You will also receive an extensive digital resource handbook filled with dozens of specific instructional you can use immediately to improve Specially Designed Instruction in your classroom.

Who Should Attend

Grades K-12: General Education Teachers, Special Education Staff, Department Teams, Instructional Coaches, Reading Specialists, Paraprofessionals, Administrators, and other Specialists who currently CoTeach or plan to Co-Teach as part of their schools’ inclusive practices

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Practical tools and ideas to enhance your co-teaching environment for delivering Specially Designed Instruction
    • Instructional strategies for differentiation and literacy development in your co-taught classroom
    • Ideas for building a success oriented co-teaching programs for your students receiving SDI
    • Best, current research on Co-Teaching and Specially Designed Instruction
    • Dozens of ready-to-use activities for more inclusive classrooms
  2. Meet and Share
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in strategies for co-teaching and specially designed instruction.
  3. Consultation Available
    Laura Shemancik will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own program.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.