National Conference on Co-Teaching

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Oct. 24-25, 2019

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


Teresa Washut Heck, conference chair

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

On behalf of St. Cloud State University and the Academy for Co-Teaching and Collaboration please accept my invitation to join us in Minneapolis, Minnesota Oct. 24-25, 2019!

Since our initial National Conference on Co-Teaching in 2016, many changes have been implemented in an effort to meet the needs of co-teachers everywhere. The 2019 conference will have a few changes - first, sessions will be 50 instead of 60 minutes, allowing us to offer more sessions; the conference will move from three days to two days; and conference organizers will host two co-teaching focused post conference workshops on Saturday morning (October 26th - separate registration required). Each year the conference has grown both in numbers of participants and types of presentations and presenters. Whether you implement co-teaching in a B12 classroom, you serve as the administrator or program coordinator in a school that is implementing co-teaching, or you’re implementing co-teaching in student teaching – this conference has something for you!

The conference offers two presentation strands: Co-Teaching in Student Teaching and Co-Teaching Between Two Licensed Teachers. It is our hope that the variety of presentations and research, along with the knowledge and passion of your colleagues, will leave you energized. In addition to attending sessions, participants have the opportunity to meet and network with colleagues from around the country. This year conference organizers have added “Team Time” and a “Team Room” providing participants the opportunity to meet with your own team members or with new friends and colleagues to discuss and share all things Co-Teaching.

Please consider sharing your knowledge and skills in Co-Teaching by presenting at this year’s conference. For details click on the “Proposal” link. This conference wouldn’t happen without you – so please consider joining us in Minneapolis Oct. 24-5. This year we will be launching the National Association for Co-Teaching. The only place specifically for those involved in Co-Teaching at all levels!

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


Registration Information

Registration Fees:

  • Registration for Full Conference:  $350.00 Early Bird by Sept. 10, 2019, $395.00 after Sept. 10, 2019.
  • Registration for Thursday Only: $150.00  (only attending one day)
  • Registration for Friday Only: $150.00  (only attending one day)
  • Registration for Full Conference - University Student Rate: $175.00
  • Registration for a Sponsorship: $500.00

Registration Deadline:

  • Oct. 10, 2019
  • Registrations received/postmarked after Oct. 10, 2019 will incur a $25.00 late registration processing fee.

Cancellation Policy:

  • A refund, minus a $50 processing fee, will be granted if written cancellation is received by Friday, Oct. 10, 2019.
  • Cancellations after Oct. 10, 2019, will not be eligible for a refund.
  • St. Cloud State University reserves the right to cancel the conference due to low enrollment.  If the conference is canceled due to low enrollment, the registration fee is refunded in full.
  • Email cancellation request to


The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Aire in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Block Code:  NCC
3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, Minnesota
952-854-9000 / 877-424-4188

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.

Keynote Speaker: Maria G. Dove, Ed.D

Keynote: Relationships Matter! Building Effective Partnerships With Your Co-TeacherDr. Maria Dove

Co-teaching is a compromising balance of planning and instructional delivery between teaching partners. In this keynote address, the presenter will highlight the key factors of what makes successful co-teaching teams and guide participants to discover ways to overcome challenges when forging or sustaining teaching partnerships. Using her own experiences as a co-teacher along with portraits of teacher teams gathered from her field of research, collaborative teaching partnerships that provide instruction that is genuinely inclusive, incorporates asset-based mindsets, and is guided by culturally responsive curricula will be explored.


Maria G. Dove, Ed.D, is Professor in the School of Education and Human Services at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York, where she teaches pre-service and in-service teachers the research and best practices for developing effective, collaborative programs and school policies for culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Before entering the field of higher education, she worked for over thirty years as an English-as-a-second-language teacher and program coordinator in public school settings (Grades K–12) and in adult English language programs in New York. She frequently provides professional development for educators throughout the United States on the teaching of diverse students. She also serves as a mentor for new teachers as well as an instructional coach for in-service teachers.

Dr. Dove has published a number of articles and book chapters on collaborative teaching practices and instructional leadership. With Andrea Honigsfeld, she co-authored five best-selling Corwin books, Collaboration and Co-Teaching: Strategies for English Learners (2010), Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades K–5: English Language Arts Strategies (2013), and Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades 6–12: English Language Arts Strategies (2013), Collaboration and Co-Teaching: A Leader’s Guide (2015), and Co-Teaching for English Learners: A Guide to Collaborative Planning, Instruction, Assessment, and Reflection (2018).

Invited Speakers for Friday Morning

Title:  Building a Strong Foundation: Using Co-Teaching to Prepare Teacher Candidates for Student Teaching

Description:  Since beginning co-teaching in our teacher preparation program, we have found that embedding co-teaching and co-planning in methods courses and clinical experiences prior to student teaching provides our teacher candidates with a solid foundation of collaboration skills.  These skills provide our candidates with the knowledge and confidence to effectively engage with their clinical teachers and their colleagues in professional learning communities.  We will share how our teacher candidates learn about and practice co-teaching and co-planning in their methods courses.

Charity Cayton and Maureen Grady from ECU

Charity Cayton     Maureen Grady

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 Schedule

8-8:30 a.m. Breakfast Snacks & Networking
8:30-9:20 a.m. Invited Speakers
Making co-Teaching Possible: When Two Brains Works as On Crosier, Pence
Building Strong P16 Partnerships through Co-Teaching Goree
9:30-10:30 a.m. Single Papers
Let's Get it Started: Setting the Stage for Long-Term Co-Teaching Success Johnson, Ptacek
Effective Co-Teaching with an Intern Burns
What To Do With the Other Adult in Your Room! Barkley, Eckert
Taking ME Out of the Mentality: Recognizing & Supporting the Strengths of Classroom Collaborators Luther
Co-Teaching in Student Teaching - Research Update Sebald
Moving Beyond 1 Mentor-1 Teacher Candidate Model: Student Teaching in a Team Based Model Flesher
10:40 a.m.-12 p.m. Keynote Speaker
Relationships Matter! Building Effective Partnerships with Your Co-Teacher Dr. Marie Dove
12-12:50 p.m. Lunch and NACT Launch / Business Meeting
1-1:30 p.m. Burst
Failure is NOT an Option (a guide to helping your co-teaching experience see success) Alberg, Angileno
Effects of a Co-Teaching Practicum on First-Year Teachers Oloff-Lewis
Going on the Road: How one University Brings Co-Teaching Workshops to Partnership Schools Ethridge, Lott, Kane
Positive and Stress Free Co-Teaching: Strategies to Best Engage and Benefit our Students Coulter, Foley
1:35-2:15 p.m. Burst
Middle School Math Methods Course with a Focus on CPCT: Impacts on Pre-Service Teachers' Self-Efficacy Smith, Brosnan
Exploring Factors for Effective Relationship Building in a Preservice Co-Teaching Relationship Riddle, McFarland, Dean
Co-Teaching: A lifeline for Struggling Teacher Candidates Coulter, Foley
Enhancing Co-Teaching & Building Effectiveness in Co-Teachers through Co-Reflection Tschida, Smith
2:15-2:45 p.m. Critical Reflections - ALL
3-3:50 p.m. Single Papers
Honoring the Expertise of Master Teachers: Leveraging Their Knowledge to Build Capacity Smith, Tschida, Bell, Brown
Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency (NCFTR) - A Unique Partnership Campbell, Barnes
Moving from Feedback to Feedforward in Co-Teaching Partnerships Akerson, Montgomery
Are you Dreaming about Leaving your Current Job to Become a Teacher? DO IT! Renner, Coffman
Six Narratives: Stories of How Two Different Student Teaching Models Impacted Teacher Identity Pike
Partnering to Personalize: How NCVPS Collaborates to Meet Students' Diverse Learning Needs Parker
4-4:50 p.m. Single Papers
Panel: The ESL Co-Teacher: A Districtwide Initiative to Address Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in School Naiditch, Celis, Myers, Foti
Self-Care, Co-Teaching and Accountability: Preventing Teacher Burnout Castor, Drager
Thinking More Deeply & Collaborating More Closely: How Co-Teaching is Changing the Student Teaching Jennette, Tschida
Panel: Co-Teaching, Collaboration, and University Partnerships: Innovative Practices that Support Students Ethridge, Bavonese, Kane, Carpenter, Connor, Calhoun, Norvell, Trucks, Lott
Monitoring Co-Teaching Success in a Full-Year Residency Program Vessel, Basinger
4:50-6:15 p.m. Social - Sponsored by AACTE Topical Action Group: Co-Teaching in Clinical Practice

Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 Schedule

8-8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Networking
8:30-9:20 a.m. Invited Speakers
Building a Strong Foundation: Using Co-Teaching to Prepare Teacher Candidates for Student Teaching Grady, Cayton
Co-Teaching in Secondary: Implementing with TLC Frankenfield
9:30-10:20 a.m. Single Papers
Co-Teaching Implementation: Yikes! How Are We Going to Do This? Williams, Jennett
Promoting Efficacy of Collaborative Placements through Self-Ratings in Early Clinical Experiences Miller, Stichter, Barness, Stichter
Co-Teaching Model: Instructional Approach that Results in Positive Outcomes for Everyone Wingate, Murley
Strategies to Enhance Mentorship Skills of Cooperating Teachers Walsh
Vital Tools for Building Capacity in Co-Teachers Bell, Tschida, Smith, Brown
10:35-11:25 a.m. Keynote Speaker
Co-Teaching: The Challenges of Change and the Joys of the Journey Dr. Amy Vessel
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Lunch
12:30-1 p.m. Burst
Collaborative Planning for Academic Language Success Barkley, Schmitz
Extending Co-Teaching into the Community Coulter, Foley
Exploring the Professional Development Potential of Pre-service Co-Teaching Busman
1:05-1:35 p.m. Burst
Personalized Learning through Gamification in the Co-Taught Classroom Green
Building a Co-Teaching Classroom within a School Coulter, Foley
Co-Teaching "Teaching English Learners K-6" with the 4Cs! Carlson, Serrano
1:40-2:10 p.m. Critical Reflection
2:20-3:10 p.m. Panel and Single Papers
Panel: Contemplating which Co-Teaching Styles Enhance the Education of All Students Chastant-Huval, Wadsworth
Co-Teachers' Actions to Encourage High Achievement Dank
Rural Clinical Placements: Investigating Self-efficacy in Co-Teaching Tschida, Stapleton, Fogarty
Co-Teaching: Everyone Benefits Coulter, Foley
Embedding Cultural Awareness through Co-Teaching Heck, Fischhaber
3:20-4:10 p.m. Single Papers
Whatever it Takes to Make it Work: Co-Teaching Between Tow Licensed Teachers Trafton
Helping Support & Maintain Consistent Practice Among Supervisors Robinson, Cosgrove, Lubniewski
Using Co-Teaching to Increase Faculty Knowledge of Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Students Stapleton, Costner
Planning and Building Your Co-Teaching Classroom Coulter, Foley
Model and Motivate: Utilizing Co-Teaching Practices in EPPs to Prepare Pre-Service Teachers Luther

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!

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 Workshop

Choose one / Register online

8:30-11:30 a.m.

Session 1:  Using Co-Planning Across Co-Teaching Settings     $25.00 Registration Fee

Charity Cayton and Maureen Grady from ECU (Eastern Caroline University)

  • Do you co-teach with interns?  Do you co-teach with colleagues? Will you be co-teaching in the near future?  Do you participate in professional learning communities at your school? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this workshop is perfect for you! Our session details six co-planning strategies to use within these contexts as you plan how to support student learning.

Session 2:  A Co-Teaching Foundational Workshop     $25.00 Registration Fee

Teresa Washut Heck (St. Cloud State University)

  • This workshop is designed to provide the necessary information for those interested in co-teaching: history, strategies, roles, expectations, and building a co-teaching environment.

Cancellation Policy:

  • A refund, minus a $10 processing fee, will be granted if written cancellation is received by Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.
  • Cancellations after Oct. 11, 2019, will not be eligible for a refund.
  • St. Cloud State University reserves the right to cancel the conference due to low enrollment. If the conference is cancelled due to low enrollment, the registration fee is refunded in full.
  • Email cancellation request to

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.