Inclusion Works! By effectively co-teaching and utilizing Universal Design for Learning, teachers will increase student achievement. This session will share how one school district uses collaborative models, peer assisted learning, and evidenced based instruction to provide students with moderate to severe disabilities access to core subjects in the general education classrooms. The session is grounded in research based on successful inclusive communities and evidence-based practices. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the need for focused collaboration in order to enrich the inclusive environment and vastly improve the capacity of schools to provide high quality educational opportunities for students with moderate to severe disabilities. This interactive workshop will address: (1) roles and strategies to maximize the power that two teachers with varying strengths and backgrounds can have on student engagement, learning and achievement (2) differentiated instructional strategies to meet the needs of all learners. Participants will leave the interactive workshop with practical resources on how to effectively co-teach, incorporate innovative technology, and utilize differentiated instruction to increase student success. Participants will be able to: A. Identify essential components of successful co-teaching partnerships for core classrooms that serve students with moderate to severe disabilities. B. Define various peer assisted learning models used to maximize student learning. C. Describe instructional methods that are used to meet all learners needs and increase student achievement.
Savanna Flakes, Haley Guglielmi