Institute for Educational Development

PRACTICAL CO-TEACHING STRATEGIES: Increasing Students' Success in Today's Inclusive Classroom

NEW Seminar Presented By
Toby Karten

Award-Winning Teacher, Presenter and Author of Inclusion Strategies that Work! Research-Based Methods for the Classroom

Specifically Designed for General Education Teachers, Special Education Staff and Other Specialists who Co-Teach or are Preparing to Co-Teach as a Part of Their Inclusion Practices

  • Practical, easy-to-implement co-teaching and inclusion strategies with concrete examples of what to do and what to do better, together!
  • Highly effective communication and collaboration techniques to more effectively work together in the co-taught classroom
  • Proven strategies for co-teachers to help students with special needs to be more successful
  • Dozens of K-12 ideas and resources to more effectively frame roles and responsibilities with scheduling, planning, instruction, documentation, and organization in the co-taught classroom

Practical Strategies

Students with diverse needs must be challenged to excel within the general curriculum and be prepared for success in their post-school lives. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to partner professionals in the classroom through co-teaching. Co-teaching has the potential to help educators create classrooms that recognize and respectfully address a tremendous range of student diversity by drawing on the expertise of both general and special educators. You will learn practical ways to strengthen your co-teaching team as well as proven ways to incorporate differentiated instruction, universal design for learning and multi-tiered systems of support into your co-taught classrooms while helping students with special needs meet or exceed high academic expectations.

In this NEW, strategy-packed seminar, experienced co-teacher, co-teaching trainer and author, Toby Karten, will share practical ways for defining your roles, planning for and providing instruction that works, and tips for maximizing the value of each team member.

By the end of the day, you will walk away with dozens of highly practical, effective strategies and an extensive co-teaching resource handbook to help you achieve your goal of reaching and teaching every student more effectively in your co-taught classroom.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. 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
  2. Build, Develop and Expand Strength-Based Co-Teaching Instructional Models that Modify Instruction
    Implement powerful strategies to better structure your co-taught classroom and accelerate learning for your students
  3. Use Differentiated Instruction and Universal Design for Learning More Effectively in Your Co-Taught Classroom
    Discover innovative ways to provide and vary the representation, engagement, actions, and expressions to match the "what, when and how" for each learner before, during and after co-taught lessons
  4. 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
  5. Multiply Student Success With Divide And Conquer Approaches
    Learn how to utilize a divide and conquer plan, which offers more tailored responses to individual students, small group and whole classes with observation, documentation, and responsive co-taught instruction
  6. Expand Your Co-Teaching Toolbox
    Collect applicable co-teaching resources for more effective planning, instruction, monitoring, assessment, documentation, and ongoing communication
  7. Learn Proven Ways to Minimize Issues to Collaborate as Professionals
    Discover constructive, professional ways talk to reach constructive agreements that benefit students
  8. Know the Benefits and Challenges of Different Co-Teaching Models
    Whether the co-teaching model is lead-assist, one teach, one observe, parallel, alternative, station, or team teaching … Discover ways co-teachers can best support each other and their students
  9. Co-Facilitate with Practical and Appropriate Inclusion Strategies
    Inclusion offers opportunities for peers to learn side by side to increase academics, maximize communication skills and derive social and emotional benefits … Here's how
  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:
  • Practical strategies to help you more efficiently organize and restructure your co-taught classroom to better serve your students
  • Proven ways to develop and maintain effective co-teaching relationships
  • How to establish parity with roles and responsibilities in your co-teaching team
  • Strategies to collaboratively respond to the levels of students with and without exceptionalities with differentiated instruction, universal design for learning, multi-tiered systems of support, and TLC!
  • How to maximize and expand the collaborative roles of the students, families, general education and special education teachers, instructional assistants, related staff, and administrators
  • How to better evaluate the benefits and challenges of different co-teaching models
  • Ways to capitalize on diversified co-teaching experiences
  • How to develop shared genuine ownership for instruction
  • Ways to turn your collaborative checklists into responsive co-teaching actions
  • How co-teaching errors can be opportunities for growth
  • How to better support each other in front of students, colleagues and families
  • How to use instructional data to guide your co-teaching models
  • Ways to promote trust, respect, humor, inquiry, and self-efficacy in your co-teaching relationships

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

In my experience as a co-teacher and in my work with hundreds of co-teaching teams across the country I am inspired when the full potential of co-teaching is being achieved and the needs of all learners are being met. I have also been disheartened when, despite the well-intentioned efforts of caring professionals, misunderstanding, mistrust and unequal levels of responsibility have sabotaged these efforts. Sadly this has resulted in missed learning opportunities for the students who need it the most.

It's been my experience that less than desirable co-teaching practices occur when school staff is thrust into working together without the preparation, knowledge and supports offered at the onset. Professional development for co-teachers needs to be a prerequisite, not an add-on. When co-teaching is correctly implemented, pairs often finish each other's sentences, end up dressing alike and seamlessly plan, instruct and assess together within classrooms that offer collective expertise to adults and students. As with inclusion, co-teaching doesn't have an exact formula. General and special educators are at various levels of their careers and co-teaching experiences. In addition, co-teachers are human beings with different personalities. Like students, in each scenario, co-teachers need to accept one another's present levels, prior knowledge and future potentials. Together co-teachers discuss organization, interactions with each other and the students, planning, parity, and how to collaboratively increase learner outcomes.

Today, the days of closing MY classroom door, and doing MY own thing is replaced with mindsets that value how to be part of a co-teaching pair that effectively educates, "OUR LEARNERS." You are cordially invited to join this dynamic seminar as we devote five packed hours with practical co-teaching practices for today's inclusive co-taught K-12 classrooms. I look forward to OUR learning!

Toby J. Karten

P.S. I can't wait to share evidence-based practical advice on what to do better together to help your co-teaching team reach its full potential, while smiling, of course!

Who Should Attend

General Education Teachers, Special Education Staff and other specialists who Co-Teach or are preparing to Co-Teach as a part of their inclusion practices

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:
    • Practical co-teaching interventions for educators of learners with and without exceptionalities
    • Ways to differentiate co-teaching models to lower ratio, multiply collaboration and elevate learning
    • How to develop shared ownership with outlined roles and responsibilities of who does what, how and when
    • Hands-on, minds-on, online interventions for co-planning, co-instruction, co-monitoring, and co-reflections, with a bibliography of resources across content areas and for specific exceptionalities
  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:
    Toby Karten will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own co-taught 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.