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Co-Teaching "Train-the-Trainer" Workshops


You are receiving this email because you have attended a workshop or expressed interest in the co-teaching model of student teaching developed and studied at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. To date we have shared the Co-Teaching Train-the-Trainer model and workshop with teams from over 95 teacher preparation institutions across the country. We would like to inform you of two upcoming co-teaching "Train-the-Trainer" workshops. The first will be held in Minneapolis, MN on September 22 & 23, 2011; a second is planned for November 3 & 4, 2011 in the San Francisco Bay area of California.

Both of these workshops are enrollment based. There must be a minimum of 20 participants enrolled for the workshop(s) to go. If you're interested please register but don't make your travel arrangements until minimum enrollment is confirmed (we'll let those enrolled know when this occurs).

The train the trainer workshop provides information on both the quantitative and qualitative data gathered on co-teaching; helps participants identify key personnel, learn ways to secure university and district buy-in, discover the essential elements of a co-teaching workshops, gain knowledge of co-teaching and co-planning strategies, identify ways to support university supervisors, and much more!

We encourage colleges and universities to participate as a team - preferably with 3-5 colleagues so that they can discuss adaptations, modifications, changes, and implications in their own program. A team also provides support as participants return to their institution and begin to implement co-teaching in their own program.

Cost for the train the trainer workshop is $500.00/person. When you bring three or more participants (from the same institution) the cost is $450.00/person. Current Renaissance Group (TRG) members are $450.00/person; and when enrolling three or more participants from the same Renaissance Institution the cost is $400.00/person. Costs includes the two day workshop, all materials and lunch each day.

The link to registration for the Minneapolis training is:

The link to register for the California training is:

If you cannot attend either of these trainings but would like to discuss upcoming workshops, please contact Teresa Washut Heck at or Nancy Bacharach at

If you have already attended the co-teaching train the trainer workshop but find you'd like to have others at your institution trained - please encourage them to join us. If you know of others who might be interested in learning more about co-teaching in student teaching, please forward this information to them.

Teresa and Nancy

TERI colleagues,

The following information is from Elizabeth Finsness, Coordinator of Curriculum and Assessment with TERI:

The University of Minnesota is entering the State-wide field study (2011-12) for the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA). The pilot year (last year) was educative and provided the TPA Consortia (TPAC) with meaningful recommendations to prepare for this year's field study year. We welcome you to send district administrators and school faculty to join this statewide group of educational leaders - (MACTE), Pk-12 partners and MDE from 8:00 - 12:30 pm on August 26 to learn about the field study planned for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Please also note that there are two additional TPA scoring trainings available in August and September. This training provides knowledge to better inform faculty and supervisors about the TPA and provides insight on how to prepare candidates for the assessment. Follow this link for registration:

We realize that this event was scheduled at the same time as our co-teaching workshop for cooperating teachers (on August 25 & 26) and your district opening workshops. It is a busy time of year! However, we hope there are individuals in your district whom you would like to engage in knowing more about the TPA as implemented this year by universities for their teacher candidates (student teachers). Cooperating teachers do not need to be experts on the TPA, but may be interested in learning more about it and engaging in professional development to become TPA scorers. Details below...

Our best,

Stacy and Elizabeth

See details below...from Dr. Sally Baas

You are invited to attend the August 26 Teacher Performance Assessment Implementation Summit. It will be in the Rauenhorst Hall, Coeur de Catherine, at St. Catherine's University, St. Paul Campus, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105. Please come for coffee at 8:00 am. The opening session will begin at 8:30 where we will tackle three central questions: What is the current state of the TPA? What is expected for teacher preparation programs for the 2011-2012 year? What support is available for a successful year? Break-out sessions will follow where you can engage topics including academic language, ethical coaching, working with school partners, and video logistics and analysis. Don't miss this opportunity to be informed and to ask questions about the Teacher Performance Assessment!

Please share this with your colleagues, including faculty members and clinical supervisors, cooperating teachers, school partners, and others who are interested in learning about the TPA.

Please register via this Zoomerang link: TPA Implementation Summit

This is the information on the location and parking:

Please park in the Guest Parking Lot, which is shown on the map.

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