Effective and Sustainable Co-Teaching: Taking Your Practice to the Next Level

All LADSE employees and our 15 member district staff and parents are welcome to attend any of our professional development activities free of charge.

For those outside of our membership area, an event fee of $100.00 per participant will be assessed for attending.

Presenter:  Marilyn Friend, Ph.D.

Date:  Friday, August 11, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 4:00 pm

Location:  Holiday Inn Conference Center, Countryside, IL


Co-teaching offers options to enable students with disabilities and other special needs to reach their potential by providing them with access to the general education curriculum while ensuring that they receive the specially designed instruction to which they are entitled. When teachers carefully analyze their complementary areas of expertise and blend those unique strengths, they create classrooms that are richer, more intensive, and more tailored to address all student needs. However, co-teaching partnerships are developmental, and even experienced co-teachers can continue to increase their knowledge and refine their skills.

The purposes of this professional development session are to address questions that you have related to the co-teaching practice you have been implementing, to extend basic concepts with elaborated ideas and strategies, and to add techniques, especially those related to increasing instructional quality and intensity. The intent is to offer you an opportunity to reflect on your co-teaching practice to date, to analyze its strengths and areas for growth, and to plan for your next co-teaching steps.



Continuing Education

IDFPR (Continuing Education Units): Clock Hours - 7.5
Professional Development Clock Hours (ISBE): PD Clock Hours - 6

LADSE is a Continuing Education Sponsor for Social Workers, Speech/Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, and Occupational Therapists.


Holiday Inn-Countryside
6201 Joliet Road
Countryside, IL 60525

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Marilyn Friend, Ph.D., has spent her career as a general education teacher, special education teacher, teacher educator, and staff developer. She is Professor Emerita of Education in the Department of Specialized Education Services at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and she is Past President of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

Dr. Friend has consulted with school professionals nationally and internationally (more than 3000 presentations and projects in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia) as they collaborate to educate their students, assisting them to form productive and efficient work teams, to learn the best ways to manage awkward or adversarial conversations, and to communicate effectively with parents.

Her particular areas of interest include skills for collaboration, co-teaching, inclusive school practices, team building, shared problem solving, interpersonal communication, conflict and controversy, and home-school communication. She is the author or co-author of three widely used college textbooks on special education: a variety of co-teaching materials for teachers and administrators; more than 50 articles about collaboration, inclusive practices, and co-teaching; and a highly popular video series on co-teaching and other inclusive practices.



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