National Conference on Co-Teaching

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Oct. 24-26, 2018

Crowne Plaza Aire MSP Airport/Mall of America
3 Appletree Square
Bloomington, Minnesota

Conference handouts

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Oct. 25
Oct. 26

Conference Details

The conference was 9:30 a.m. Oct. 24-26 at the Crowne Plaza Aire



The Crowne Plaza Aire is a couple miles from three tourist sites:

Paisley Park, the home, studio and performing venue for the late Prince Rogers Nelson, is 25 minutes west of the hotel.

The hotel is less than four miles from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.


Teresa Washut Heck, conference chair

Greetings and welcome to the Third Annual National Conference on Co-Teaching.

On behalf of St. Cloud State University and the Academy for Co-Teaching and Collaboration – we’d like to encourage you to join us in Minnesota in October!

The response to our National Conference on Co-Teaching was overwhelming. Now, with two conferences under our belt, and some incredible feedback – we hope that the 2018 conference will be even better. The scope and diversity of last year’s presentations was incredible. But this year, we hope to meet the needs of even more co-teachers. To strengthen the type of presentations, we have added two strands: Co-Teaching in Student Teaching and Co-Teaching Between Two Licensed Teachers. It is our hope that the strength of research; and the knowledge and passion of your colleagues, will leave you energized and excited to continue your work.

A conference highlight is the opportunity to network with colleagues from around the country. We encourage participants to bring their business cards as the conference schedule will provide opportunities to network and engage in conversation with your colleagues. 

Needless to say, Co-Teaching has been a big part of my life for over 16 years. I believe you will find, like me, that coming together to build on the work that began years ago and sharing and learning from each other, will be a life changing professional experience for you.

As the conference organizer, I encourage you to join us in October and thank you for being part of something amazing.

Together, we are making a difference!

Teresa Washut Heck
Conference Chair

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Mary Earick

Dr. Mary Earick is an Associate Research Professor and Director of the Holmes Center at Plymouth State University.  The Holmes Center is a policy innovation center that partners with school districts in a problems of practice model of innovation. The Center optimizes resources based on evidence of sustaining impact on the lives of children and youth around persistent educational problems and dilemmas. Mary has developed personalized inclusive educational pathways grounded in co-teaching and evaluation with both preservice and inservice educators, redefining the role of universities in transformative university-school partnerships. Mary began her career as a full inclusion public-school teacher for sixteen years in New Haven, Connecticut prior to entering higher education. Her public-school teaching is featured in the documentary and book “Starting Small: Teaching Tolerance in the Early Years,” produced by Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. She is the author of Racially Equitable Teaching published by Peter Lang.

What to Expect

  • A friendly, focused conference for co-teachers, by co-teachers

  • Breakout sessions that will be engaging and educational

  • Opportunities to networking with other co-teachers

  • Engaging activities and presentations

  • A place where Co-Teaching is the HEART of the Conference!

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone interested in Co-Teaching

  • Anyone using a Co-Teaching as a model for student teaching

  • Anyone currently Co-Teaching with a colleague

  • Anyone doing research, even small studies, on Co-Teaching

  • Anyone interested in sharing their Co-Teaching journey

  • Anyone who wants to learn more about Co-Teaching!

Presenter Information

Conference Strands

  • Co-Teaching in Student Teaching 
  • Co-Teaching Between Two Licensed Teachers, including general educators, special educators, teachers of English Language Learners, Title IX teachers and content specialists


Presentation rooms have a PC-style laptop and an LCD projector.  

You may use your own laptop. If you use a Mac, bring a VGA Mac adaptor and screen. Additional equipment is the responsibility of the presenter.

Types of Presentations

Presentations can be 30 minutes or 60 minutes.

Burst (30 minutes) - A speaker quickly conveys information on a specific topic, a work in progress, an innovative pursuit or unique idea. The room is set with round tables. 

Single-Paper Presentation (60 minutes) - A presenter shares information about specific topics, broad ideas, “how-tos” or a synopsis of work. 

Panel/Symposium (60 minutes) - Exploration of a specific topic using multiple presenters or a discussion among the participants and discussants. Organizing the panel/discussants is the responsibility of the lead presenter.

Review Process

Each proposal is subject to a rigorous peer review process conducted by a committee of volunteers. Each proposal is thoroughly reviewed before a final decision is made by the Program Chair. Program committee members work hard to achieve a balanced slate of presentations, based on topic and type.

Special Assistance

The conference committee is committed to ensuring our event is fully accessible to all persons. If you require special assistance, as defined by the ADA, indicate so on your conference proposal. Upon acceptance, we will contact the lead presenter about specifics.

Networking Opportunities

We encourage participants to bring their business cards as the conference schedule will provide opportunities to network with colleagues from around the country.