CEC’s Fall Institute, Co-Teaching NOW! Raising Expectations, Improving Outcomes, was a sell-out on Oct. 7 in Arlington, Va., with more than 220 special and general educators learning how to work together more effectively for all their students.

Institute Chair, Marilyn Friend, presenters Mary Kealy, James Dallas and Nicole Dobbins along with Lisa Waldbaum, Bill Fazzini, Daphne Papageorge, and Bridget Murray from Discovery Elementary School in Ashburn, Va, helped participants discover:

  • the elements critical to successful co-teaching partnerships.
  • how to determine the best co-teaching approaches.
  • the best co-teaching strategies for today’s outcomes-focused environment.
  • co-teaching approaches that work best to address IEP goals in the context of the CCSS.
  • the “must have,” district-wide components for successful co-teaching.
  • optimal approaches and tools for ensuring effective co-planning time.

institute 1Dr. Marilyn Friend offered attendees ideas and advice on the amount and type of co-planning co-teachers.




institute 2 Dr. Nicole Dobbins shared with participants how to use profiles and performance data to determine the best co-teaching approach.