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 Oct. 1, 2019, $395.00 after Oct. 1, 2019.
  • Registration for Thursday Only: $150.00  (only attending one day) / $175 after Oct. 1, 2019
  • Registration for Friday Only: $150.00  (only attending one day) / $175 after Oct. 1, 2019
  • 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.

3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, Minnesota

Block Code:  NCC (until October 18, 2019)

Contact Linda Fishman at 952-876-8707 or

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.

Thursday 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).

Thursday Invited Speakers

Title:  Making Co-Teaching Possible: When Two Brians work As One

Description: How do you enhance collaboration and communication with one another to meet the needs of your students? Join Meghan and Shellie as they discuss flexibility, compromise, partnership, leadership, behavior management, organization, and sharing the physical space when co-teaching. They will share practical ways to make Co-Teaching happen in your school and classroom, all while creating positive learning environments for your students.

Meghan Crosier and Shellie Pence

Meghan Crosier Picture     Shellie Pence Picture

Title:  Co-Teaching:  A Catalyst for Collaboration and Success in PDS

Description: Begin or enhance your university/school district partnerships by implementing or expanding the Co-Teaching model. Using the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) Nine Essentials to guide their work, the PDS Partnerships of Baylor University, Waco ISD, and Midway ISD have stood the test of time.  One of the most significant aspects of these award-winning partnerships that span 27 years is the St. Cloud Co-Teaching model. Implemented partnership-wide, the St. Cloud model was carefully chosen to address partnership purposes including teacher/faculty development, candidate development, and improving student achievement. Currently, more than 75 faculty members from both the university and public school partners have participated in the St. Cloud Co-Teaching Train the Trainer program. All partners agree that the benefits have been and continue to be immeasurable! In this session, both successes and challenges experienced by the partnership will be shared and participants will actively engage in discussions that focus on sharing ideas, addressing questions, and supporting one another in the quest for excellence as educator preparation programs and schools work together.

Dr. Krystal Goree

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Friday Keynote Speaker Dr. Amy Vessel

Keynote: Co-Teaching: The Challenges of Change and the Joys of the Journey     Dr. Amy Vessel picture

Establishing a strong framework of co-teaching is essential and requires continuous training as well as a strong team accountability system. In the 5th year of the TEAM (Teacher Educators and Mentors) Model Clinical Residency Program, key traits needed to establish effective change will be addressed. Benefits and Joys along the journey of co-teaching and change will also be shared to inspire you and your co-teacher to “keep calm and press on!”


Dr. Amy Vessel, James R. Mays Endowed Professor, is the executive director of the College of Education Clinical Residency & Recruitment Center Professor at Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana, where she has taught elementary education methodology courses and children’s literature for twenty years. She is the co-author of the nationally recognized TEAM (Teacher Educators and Mentors) Model and oversees the full-year residency program, school district partnerships, and state initiatives related to teacher preparation. She and TEAM Model co-author, Dawn Basinger, have trained more than

400 mentor teachers across the state and are part of a new state project providing mentor teacher and content leader certifications with co-teaching at the heart of the curriculum.

Friday Invited Speakers

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

Title: Co-Teaching in Secondary: Implementing with TLC

Description: Co-Teaching in high school is a promising practice when systems challenges are considered collectively. This session will provide an overview of what one district is doing to move co-teaching forward at the high school level.

Kelly Frankenfield

Kelly Frankenfield Picture


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
Co-Teaching: A Catalyst for Collaboration and Success in PDS Partnerships Goree
9:30-10:20 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. Maria 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
1:35-2:05 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
Co-Teaching: A lifeline for Struggling Teacher Candidates Coulter, Foley
Enhancing Co-Teaching and 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
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
Monitoring Co-Teaching Success in a Full-Year Residency Program Vessel
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, Barness
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
A Co-Teaching Start Kit Heck, Dank
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
A Conversation about the NACT Heck, Tschidea, Sebald, Oloff-Lewis
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
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 Two Licensed Teachers Trafton
Helping Support & Maintain Consistent Practice Among Supervisors Robinson, Cosgrove
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.