Institute for Educational Development

Strengthening Your CO-TEACHING: New, Innovative Ideas for Accelerating Student Success

NEW Seminar Presented By
Diane Ripple

Experienced Special Education Strategist and Outstanding Presenter

Specifically Designed for K-12 General Education Teachers, Special Education Staff, ELL Teachers, and Other Specialists Who Currently Co-Teach or Plan to Co-Teach

  • Dozens of practical strategies for making the best use of a variety of co-teaching models to increase student success
  • Highly effective communication and collaboration techniques for more effectively working together in the co-taught classroom
  • Successful co-taught lesson examples using research-based approaches to co-teaching
  • Timesaving methods for improving collaborative lesson planning

Practical Strategies

This NEW, timely seminar is filled with new, effective, updated co-teaching approaches and clear implementation methods. Teaching today's increasingly diverse student population, including students with disabilities or other special needs, comes with the challenge of meeting the needs of all students, without neglecting any of them. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this goal is to partner professionals in the classroom through co-teaching.

In this lively, interactive seminar by outstanding co-teaching trainer, Diane Ripple, will address the keys to general education teachers and specialists successfully co-teaching in the same classroom. You will learn dozens of practical tips, including new, innovative ideas for implementing the co-teaching models, collaborative lesson planning, efficient use of precious class time, and working with a wide range of student ability levels in the classroom. This outstanding seminar will also include proven instructional strategies for use within co-teaching partnerships.

You will leave this seminar with dozens of highly practical, effective strategies and a comprehensive co-teaching handbook to help improve your effectiveness in meeting the needs of all your students. You will be equipped with many new ideas for creating a more dynamic and effective co-taught classroom environment that fosters greater student success.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Learn the Best, High-Yield Instructional Strategies for Co-Teaching
    Implement powerful strategies to better structure your co-taught classroom and accelerate learning for your students
  2. Get Better Results for Your Efforts in Co-Taught Classes
    Learn which models work best for different purposes … Match your instructional targets and students' learning goals to specific co-teaching models and approaches
  3. Maintain High Expectations in Your Co-Taught Classroom
    Understand innovative ways to keep the focus on rigor and relevance in your classroom … Practical strategies to achieve high standards in your co-taught classroom
  4. Avoid Common Pitfalls in Co-Teaching
    Learn the most common mistakes that can lead to frustration and decreased effectiveness in the co-taught classroom and how to avoid them
  5. Ensure that Both Teachers are Fully Utilized
    Discover the best co-teaching models to make all team members feel valued and useful … Learn timesaving tips for maximizing classroom efficiency
  6. Work Collaboratively for Greater Student Success
    Understand the key issues co-teachers face and how to better maximize each co-teacher's strengths … How to work more collaboratively to increase the success of your students with special needs while integrating high academic expectations
  7. Build Upon Your Current Co-Teaching Resources
    Identify valuable, easy-to-use co-teaching models to help enhance classroom cohesion and better serve your students
  8. Engage Your Co-Teacher in Effective Communication
    Maintain a strong collaborative bond in the classroom by establishing clear, organized strategies that build upon both co-teachers' strengths
  9. Improve Your Performance and Better Support All Your Students
    Increase the effectiveness of you and your co-teacher's efforts in the classroom … Meet the needs of your students with a variety of approaches and methods
  10. Receive a Comprehensive Co-Teaching Resource Handbook
    Each participant will leave with a comprehensive co-teaching handbook to help implement and retain new strategies upon returning to the classroom

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Cutting-edge teaching methods to help you more efficiently organize and re-structure your co-taught classroom to better serve your students
  • Easy-to-implement ways to help you better coordinate with your co-teacher
  • Specific methods to more effectively address diverse student needs of your co-taught classes
  • Timesaving strategies to help vary your co-teaching models and avoid stagnation in the classroom
  • An expanded repertoire of skills to more successfully manage the challenges you and your co-teacher face every day
  • Powerful ways to give your students access to more tailored instruction
  • Proven strategies to maximize learning outcomes for your class
  • Strategies that help students develop an understanding of their learning needs
  • Co-teaching models and approaches that work best in different situations to maximize learning outcomes
  • Practical ideas for motivating, engaging and empowering your students
  • Ways to make the most of two teachers in whole group instruction
  • Proven strategies to better meet IEP goals in co-taught classrooms
  • Innovative ideas for incorporating students' specially designed instruction into effective co-taught lessons
  • Tools for evaluating the success of your co-teaching program
  • Specific ideas for better defining roles between co-teachers

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Have you ever wondered how you can better meet the wide range of student needs within a co-taught classroom? Are you curious as to which co-teaching models will support your students best? Do you find it challenging to create a co-taught classroom environment in which all adults are best utilized? These are some of the questions and challenges faced by many educators in co-taught classrooms. As an experienced instructional coach to a vast number of co-taught classrooms over the past 20 years, I have seen the successes and struggles of many co-teaching teams.

I've designed this unique seminar to inform and excite you with many highly effective strategies and proven techniques for better supporting your students in a co-taught classroom. It will also provide you with many tools to enhance your co-teaching toolkit, making this seminar meaningful for new co-teachers and experienced co-teachers alike.

During our day together, I will share dozens of strategies you can use immediately in your co-taught classroom. You will learn proven strategies for better meeting the needs of diverse learners while engaging in best practices for co-teaching.

I extend to you a warm, personal invitation to join me at this exciting seminar. I pledge that you will leave this seminar feeling empowered to incorporate what you have learned into your own classroom!

Diane Ripple

P.S. You will leave this seminar with many co-teaching techniques and strategies to help you better serve the needs of your students.

Who Should Attend

K-12 General Education Teachers, Special Education Staff, ELL Teachers, and Other Specialists Who Currently Co-Teach or Plan to Co-Teach

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Co-Teaching Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive co-teaching resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Descriptions of critical co-teaching models
    • Samples of co-teaching lessons across different content areas
    • Tools for evaluating your co-teaching program
    • A bibliography of resources on co-teaching
    • Teacher-friendly lists of instructional strategies tailored for co-taught classrooms
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in enhancing their co-teaching program.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Diane Ripple will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own co-teaching program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, 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.