Six Hours of Professional Development Credit are available for attending.
Our Event Session:
9am-4pm (90 minutes for lunch)
Dr. Marilyn Friend:
“Co-Teaching: Helping All Students Succeed!”
The ability to co-teach is an important issue as Kentucky moves from the No Child Left Behind model to it’s own self monitoring of student behavior and performance in the classroom.
The field of education has been changing rapidly over the past decade, and the changes promise to continue. Increased emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); early and intensive interventions to improve students’ achievement; and more attention to preventing behavior problems characterize today’s schools. All students are affected by these changes, including those who are gifted/talented, those with learning and other disabilities, those who are average, and those who are English language learners. They must access the curriculum, be taught by highly qualified teachers, and achieve the academic benchmarks being set. For students with special needs, this often means an increased emphasis on learning in the general education settings, and one option for accomplishing this that is receiving widespread attention is co-teaching.
The purpose of this workshop is to provide an overview of co-teaching as well as detailed information about effectively planning, implementing, and evaluating co-teaching programs. Participants will have the opportunity to explore both the conceptual and the operational aspects of this innovative approach to providing an education to students in the least restrictive environment as well as discussing issues and concerns related to their own practices. The goal is to ensure that participants take their practice to the next level, designing instruction that fully utilizes the contributions of each professional so that all students reach their potential.
The following are the objectives for this professional development and the related key topics to be addressed:
1. How do we build (or renew) our partnership?
· The vocabulary of co-teaching
· Co-teaching applications: special education, ESL, literacy and math coaching, speech/language therapy
· Paraprofessionals in the context of co-teaching
· Self-awareness and self-understanding
· Novices and veterans
· Co-teaching cycles
· Data on co-teaching effectiveness
2. How do we create instructional intensity through co-teaching?
· Description of six co-teaching approaches
· Variations and elaborations on co-teaching approaches
· Sample lesson plans for each co-teaching approach
· Strategies for grouping students for co-teaching
· Examples of lessons and evidence-based instructional strategies that are more easily implemented or enhanced through co-teaching
· Co-teaching and response to intervention (RtI)
3. What is needed to make co-teaching sustainable?
· Common planning time
· Sample schedules for co-teachers
· Co-teaching class composition
· District level support for co-teaching
· Principal/school support for co-teaching
4. What are common co-teaching issues, dilemmas, and challenges?
· Partnership problems (reluctant partners; dominating partners, absent partners)
· Parent questions and concerns
· Getting started or renewing our practice
· Student evaluation/grading
· Your additional questions and concerns
When & Where
Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky
The Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky, Inc.(LDA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that has been in existence for over 45 years. It was established in 1966 and has had a charter under four different names. The current name has been in effect since 1990.
The organization was originally brought about to provide counseling and support for families that needed advice about their children’s different learning styles. Our extensive lending library and a video/audio rental service has been the standard for information in this area for years. However, the advent of the information age has made it so that LDA has had to branch out into tutoring and seminars in order to maintain service and visibility for this area. However, we still maintain a large inventory of materials on learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, dyslexia and related subjects.
LDA provides many of its services at no charge to families, children, adults, and professionals who work with learning differences, such as attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity. It provides educational programs and services such as monthly support groups, self-esteem training, and academic enrichment programs. LDA has a lending library, information on learning differences, and video rental. LDA also offers Professional Development Seminars . It is an affiliate of LDA of America.
The mission of LDA is to bring individuals together and work to improve conditions for those with learning differences, to share knowledge, disseminate information, provide programs, and seek to affect policies related to learning differences.
LDA maintains a large inventory of materials on learning disabilities, including a lending library and a video/audio rental service. In addition, information on our website and support groups are available.