Crowne Plaza Aire MSP Airport/Mall of America
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Bloomington, MinnesotaConference Details
Keynote: Relationships Matter! Building Effective Partnerships With Your Co-Teacher
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).
Keynote: Co-Teaching: The Challenges of Change and the Joys of the Journey
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.
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
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
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
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.