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January 25, 2016

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8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

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Effective Strategies for Working Together in Today’s Inclusive Classrooms
(Grades K-12)

Presented by Anne Beninghof
Outstanding Teacher, Author and International Presenter

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Specifically Designed for General Education Teachers, Special Education Staff, ELL Teachers, and Other Specialists Who Currently Co Teach or Plan to Co-Teach as Part of Their School’s Inclusion Practice

  • Learn practical methods for organizing your roles and responsibilities in a collaborative partnership, while maximizing the high qualifications of both teachers
  • Discover dozens of ways in which two educators can teach together to help students with special needs to be more successful
  • Apply new research-based teaching strategies that support your State Standards
  • See co-teaching in action with real classroom video clips

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Students in today’s inclusive classrooms bring with them very diverse backgrounds, strengths and needs. The concept of a homogeneous class­room no longer applies! Therefore, teachers must be able to stretch and flex themselves in many different ways to adapt to these diverse needs. For an educator working alone in the classroom, this is an incredible challenge. But for two or more educators committed to working together, this can be an exciting prospect.

Co-teaching is a proven instructional approach for reaching the wide range of student needs in today’s classrooms. Educators—working together—can provide a depth and richness of instruction that leads to powerful learning for all students.

What exactly is co-teaching and what are the most effective ways to go about it? In this seminar, Anne Beninghof will provide you with clear descriptions of a myriad of co-teaching styles you have to choose from and help you plan your first steps for getting started (or refining the approach you are already using). You will see real classroom video clips of co-teaching in action at the elementary and secondary levels. Anne will share practical ways for defining your roles, planning for and providing instruction that works, and tips for maximizing the value of each team member. She’ll emphasize creative, yet time-efficient approaches for collaborating in the classroom. This outstanding seminar will also include dozens of instructional strategies that lend themselves beautifully to the co-taught classroom. Anne will even share brand new strategies she uses in her own teaching.

Because co-teaching is a partnership, teaching teams are encouraged to attend.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Develop Powerful Instructional Teams
    Learn the crucial components of any effective co-teaching relationship … Gain ideas on how to ensure that team members’ skills are used to their best advantage while following the highly qualified requirements
  2. Design Optimal Schedules
    Build schedules that allow for effective co-teaching without overwhelming staff … Learn different approaches for high school, middle school and elementary school … Explore ideas for planning time
  3. Integrate Rigor with a Growth Mindset
    Explore strategies and lessons that embed rigor and support a growth mindset for all students
  4. Avoid Common Pitfalls in Co-Teaching
    Learn the five most common mistakes that can lead to frustration and decreased effective­ness in the co-taught classroom … And, of course, what the best co-teachers do to avoid them!
  5. Select the Best, High-Yield Instructional Strategies for Co-Teaching
    Engaging, research-based strategies that are especially effective with students who are struggling and students with special needs … Learn how to easily integrate these powerful strategies to make learning stick
  6. Enrich, Adapt and Modify Curriculum and Instruction
    Design simple, yet effective co-teaching lesson plans that differentiate for learners at various levels and learning styles
  7. Engage in Courageous Conversation
    Delve into tools for enhancing your collegial communication – even in difficult relationships … Learn how effective teams develop strong rapport and respect
  8. Ensure that Both Teachers are Fully Utilized
    Discover the best co-teaching models to make all team members feel valued and useful … Tips for maximizing instruction time
  9. Enhance Instruction with the Latest Web Tools and Apps
    See the best, free websites for differentiating instruction … Increase student engagement with easy-to-learn and easy-to-use technology tools
  10. Build Upon Your Current Co-Teaching Resources
    Identify valuable resources at your fingertips … Inexpensive or no-cost ways to enhance your co-teaching efforts (Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook)

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Powerful ways to use co-teaching to enhance instructional effectiveness and differentiation
  • Creative ideas for finding the time to co-plan
  • Clear examples of how co-teaching can work effectively at all grade levels
  • Proven lesson planning formats that support your state standards in inclusive classrooms
  • Tools for evaluating the success of your co-teaching program
  • Ideas for applying the latest brain research and developing 21st century skills
  • Specific, high-yield strategies that will support your Response to Intervention (RTI) or Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) efforts
  • Proactive strategies for increasing student engagement and decreasing behavior problems
  • Actual examples of co-taught lessons across all subject areas and grade levels
  • Guidelines for how administrators can lead and support the co-teaching initiative
  • Exciting instructional techniques designed for struggling students or students with special needs
  • Powerful communication tools for working together as co-teachers
  • Free and effective digital tools for the 21st century co-taught classroom … including examples of flipped co-teaching
  • No-prep strategies you can use in your co-taught classes the very next day to make learning stick
  • Specific ideas for defining roles between co-teachers

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

For years I have embraced the challenge of teaching in inclusive classrooms, with students who need creative and varied instructional strategies. While I have developed and utilized many techniques, the most effective method I have ever found for meeting these needs has been collaborative teaching. Co-teaching with others has broadened my own skills, made it easier to match styles to students, and provided students with a richer and more effective learning experience. It has also spurred me to learn the latest teaching techniques and stay on the cutting-edge of my field for the sake of my students.

But what exactly is co-teaching and how do we do it effectively? As an educator who prides myself in being practical and realistic, I went looking for these answers in literature and in schools. I began to try different approaches – saving the ideas that worked easily and effectively and filing the ones that did not. I then began talking to and visiting with educators from around the country to learn about their best strategies for co-teaching. I would love to share with you my findings! Come and join me so that I can share tips, timesavers, creative tools, and wonderful techniques that can enhance your co-teaching right away. For those joining me a second time, I promise to share brand-new ideas as well as proven favorites, including some cool tech tools!

While this seminar will cover the critical foundations of co-teaching, our focus will be on practical strategies for creating and refining powerful co-taught classrooms. I’m looking forward to sharing with you dozens of ideas that you can take back to your school and easily implement.

Anne M. Beninghof

P.S. This seminar has been designed for K-12 educators. Because I have co-taught at high school, middle school and elementary school, there will be lots of practical ideas for all levels.

Who Should Attend

Educators serving grades K-12: Special Education Staff, ELL Teachers, General Education Teachers, Para-educators, Related Service Professionals, and Administrators.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook, specifically designed by Anne Beninghof for this seminar. The handbook includes:

  • Descriptions of critical co-teaching components
  • Samples of co-teaching lesson plans across content areas
  • Worksheets and reproducibles for organizing the co-teaching relationship
  • Teacher-friendly lists of instructional strategies that work especially well in co-taught classrooms
  • Tips for communicating with your partner
  • Tools for evaluating your co-teaching program
  • A bibliography of resources on co-teaching

Sample Materials
Explore a wide variety of K-12 teacher-made materials that will be on display. You will want to take photos of all the practical ideas!

Meet and Share
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators who want to strengthen their co-teaching practice.

Semester Credit Option
Brandman University Logo Up to four Graduate level professional development credit are available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at this BER program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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