Collaborating in the Inclusion Classroom
In this 4-session course open to all teachers and PSRPs, teaching partners will learn ways in which to collaborate with one another, plan instruction together, and implement various research based co-teaching, instructional models. Participants will learn how to adapt to an inclusionary setting, what to expect from their special education teaching partner, and how to make their classroom more accessible and equitable to special education students who were previously in self-contained settings.
Participants will focus on protocols for getting started as partners in the inclusion classroom, such as learning how to utilize the expertise of both teachers and how to advocate for one another and for all students. They will learn how to address common parental concerns and questions, and how to ensure placements accurately reflect student learning needs and IEPs. Participants will then focus on how to implement the most appropriate co-teaching models for various learning contexts and student needs. They will learn how to plan and implement instruction using the universal design format for all their students, including the use of flexible, heterogeneous group settings, and differentiation strategies.
Finally, participants will focus on methods for including parents and community members in the decision-making process when implementing inclusion with co-teaching, and how to address misconceptions about co-teaching that others might have. Participants will learn how to communicate with their co-teacher about planning and implementing an effective and research-based co-teaching model for their school context. All resources and materials from “Collaborating ¡n the Inclusion Classroom” can be added to teachers’ professional development binders as evidence of collaboration with colleagues for their REACH evaluation. This offering aligns to the CPS Framework for Teaching Components 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3c, 3d, 4a, 4c, and 4d.
This offering is open to all currently practicing K-12th grade CPS teachers working in an inclusion setting. It is highly recommended that co-teacher teams attend together.
Theresa Insalaco-DeCicco, M.Ed. NBCT
Course Dates: 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, and 3/14/2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Tuition: $100 – 14 ISBE PD Hours
Parking: Free parking available
In order to receive credit, participants must attend the entire course.
Please note that while you are welcome to stay, late arrivals and early departures cannot receive ISBE PD Hours.
Your IEIN# is required for all professional development. Please be sure to include it in the field below. CLICK HERE to find your IEIN.