National Conference on Co-Teaching

Oct. 25-27, 2017

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


Presentation materials (PDF)


Teresa Washut Heck, conference chair

Greetings and welcome to the Second 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 First National Conference on Co-Teaching was overwhelming. Now, with one conference under our belt, and some incredible feedback – we hope that the 2017 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. Krystal Goree

Dr. Krystal Goree pictureSchool of Education at Baylor University and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in teacher education and educational psychology. As Director of Professional Practice, Dr. Goree is the partnership liaison between Baylor and the public school districts in which Baylor teacher-preparation candidates are placed for field experiences. She oversees both teacher certification and state assessment, works closely with Baylor and public school faculty to support teacher education candidates during their clinical experiences, and facilitates partnership professional development for public school mentor teachers and clinical instructors, teacher-education candidates, and Baylor School of Education faculty.

As the Director of Professional Practice at Baylor, Dr. Goree has been instrumental in establishing nine professional development schools in Waco and Midway ISDs.  The professional development school partnership between Baylor and Midway ISD was honored in March 2017 as recipient of the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) Award for Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement, an award that recognizes professional development school relationships that create and sustain genuine collaborative partnerships between P-12 and higher education that shape educator leadership and practice. Implementation of the co-teaching model to train preservice teachers is one of the critical components of the Baylor teacher education program and has contributed greatly to the learning and development of preservice and practicing educators in the PDS partnerships. 

Dr. Goree is the author of numerous publications and a frequent presenter at state and national conferences. She has served as the primary investigator for several grants, as well as a consultant for many school districts. She is currently managing editor of Tempo, associate editor of Gifted Child Today, immediate past-president of Texas Directors of Field Experience, and a Leadership Team member for the National Association for Professional Development Schools. Her past professional experiences include service as a classroom teacher, gifted and talented district program coordinator, education specialist at Education Service Center Region 12, and principal at two campuses in China Spring Independent School District. Dr. Goree is past president of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented, past chair of the Texas Education Agency Commissioner’s Advisory Council on the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, and has served on the board of directors of the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education and the Council for Exceptional Children – Talented and Gifted.

Dr. Goree’s research interests include preservice teacher education and development, mentoring of beginning teachers, gifted and talented education, and social and emotional needs of exceptional children.

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Wendy Murawski

Keynote speaker Dr. Wendy Murawski

Dr. Wendy Murawski is a tenured full professor in the Department of Special Education and the Executive Director and Eisner Endowed Chair for the Center for Teaching and Learning at California State University, Northridge. She obtained her M.A. in Special Education and her Ed.S. in Educational Administration from the College of William & Mary and her Ph.D. from University of California, Riverside with an emphasis in Special Education, Collaboration and Research.

Murawski is currently directing two major grants and has been the College of Education faculty president. Her areas of research are on the inclusion of children with special needs, and most specifically on collaboration and co-teaching between educators. She received a national research publication award from the Division of Research in the Council for Exceptional Children, a dissertation award from the Division of Learning Disabilities of CEC, and was identified as the California Teacher Educator of the Year from the California Council of Teacher Educators. She presents nationally & internationally to state departments, districts and schools, is on 4 speaker's bureaus, and is a frequent keynote presenter. She is the Director of Research for the CHIME Institute, an institute committed to inclusive education, and is the immediate Past President for the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Murawski has published four books as author, two books as editor, four staff development modules, two handbooks, three book chapters, and over 30 peer-reviewed articles. Three of her books are with Corwin Press & have all reached best-seller status: "Collaborative Teaching in Secondary Schools: Making the Co-Teaching Marriage Work!" (2009), "Collaborative Teaching in Elementary Schools: Making the Co-Teaching Marriage Work!" (2010), and "Collaborate, Communicate, & Differentiate! How to increase student learning in today's diverse schools" (2011) co-authored with Dr. Sally Spencer. Her fourth book, co-authored with Dr. Lisa Dieker is entitled "Leading the Co-Teaching Dance: Leadership strategies to enhance team outcomes." In March 2015, Murawski served as co-editor with Dr. Kathy Scott of 2 books published with Corwin Press: "What really works in elementary education" and "What really works in secondary education."

Murawski is the CEO & President of the educational consulting company, 2 Teach LLC.

Conference Schedule

Below is the schedule for each day:

Conference Details

The conference is 10 a.m. Oct. 25 through noon Oct. 27 at the Crowne Plaza Aire, 3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, Minnesota.


  • $350 through Sept. 1
  • $395 after Sept. 1
  • $150 Thursday Only

The conference fee includes Wednesday lunch, afternoon snacks and reception/social; Thursday continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks; and Friday continental breakfast.

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.


Hotel Information:  A block of rooms have been reserved.  In order to book you room at the group discounted rate, individuals can call the hotel directly or refer to the Block Code when making reservations.

Crowne Plaza Aire

3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, Minnesota


Block Code:  NCC

Online Reservations


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!

PreK-12 School District Personel - Attend On Us!


Leaders of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Co-Teaching in Clinical Practice Topical Action Group (TAG) are sponsoring travel for TWO PreK-12 school district personnel interested in attending the National Conference on Co-Teaching held in Bloomington, MN October 25-27, 2017. Two school district personnel (e.g., one teacher, one administrator) participating in co-teaching during clinical practice within their building will receive up to $600 each in travel and lodging, along with registration waived for the conference. To nominate someone (you may nominate yourself), complete the information below and submit it by 5 p.m. (EST) Sept. 1, 2017.

For questions, please contact either Dr. Christina Tschida ( or Dr. Ann Sebald ( Preference will be given to those applicants whose school or district are partnering with a teacher training institution engaged in the work of co-teaching during clinical practice.

  1. Applicant name and school district:
  2. Affiliated university*:
  3. Reason attending conference:
  4. Reason support is being requested:
  5. If you are partnering with a university in the work of co-teaching during clinical practice, please describe your role:
  6. If you receive the travel stipend, how will you apply what you learn at your building or district?*

*Is your partner university a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)? Non-membership does not exclude applicants.

**Those awarded will be asked to provide a one-page summary of how they applied what they learned at the conference within their building or district. If working with a partner university, please describe any enhanced collaboration as a result of attending the conference.

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.