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Dr. Lisa Dieker Presents Co-Teaching in Secondary Schools, Full Day PD Workshop


Dr. Lisa Dieker

Teachers in New York City and surrounding areas can now register at the early bird rate for the upcoming professional development workshop Co-Teaching in Secondary Schools, being offered on Wednesday, March 9 in the Bronx and Thursday, March 10 in Queens. In this full day workshop (9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) presenter Lisa Dieker will provide both general and special education teachers concrete and practical approaches for helping diverse learners in middle and high school meet high standards through collaborative teaching, universal design for learning, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the use of technology.

Participants will learn

  • Proven techniques for establishing successful co-teaching partnerships between general and special educators
  • Effective strategies for supporting students with disabilities in general education classrooms
  • How to utilize practical tools to facilitate universal design for learning (UDL) and student assessment
  • Ways in which technology can help students with special needs access the curriculum and achieve their full potential
  • How to help students learn to advocate for their technological and learning needs

Dr. Lisa Dieker is one of the nation’s most respected authorities on co-teaching and inclusion. She is an in-demand speaker, having provided over 200 workshops and 50 keynote addresses throughout the course of her career. A Pegasus Professor and Lockheed Martin Eminent Scholar Chair at the University of Central Florida in the College of Education and Human Performance, Dr. Dieker coordinates the doctoral program in special education and is Director of the Lockheed Martin Mathematics and Science Academy. She leads numerous research projects focused on systemic change of school districts across the country related to inclusive practices, co-teaching and STEM education. Dieker has received over $15 million in grant funding in and has published 6 books and 2 DVDs on her work in teacher education, along with over 50 chapters and journal articles. She currently serves on numerous editorial review boards and was the associate editor for Teaching Exceptional Children and co-editor of the Journal of International Special Needs Education. She has been awarded the Council for Exceptional Education Teacher Education Division National Service Award and Outstanding Journal Publication Award for 2015; the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Children Advocacy Network Advocate of the Year Award; the UCF Graduate Student Mentor of the Year Award; and University of Illinois and Eastern Illinois University Outstanding Alumni of the Year Awards.

The workshop is jointly presented by The Council for Educational Innovation (CEI) and Comprehensive School Solution (CSS), a division of National Professional Resources, Inc. The early bird registration rate (through February 8) is $189 per person. For additional information and to register, please view the event website.


Marilyn Friend PD Workshop Helps Teachers Optimize Co-Teaching

marilyn-friend-presenterOn December 16 and 17, 2015, NPR’s new training division, Comprehensive School Solutions (CSS) partnered up with The Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) to present a professional development workshop on co-teaching by Dr. Marilyn Friend. The workshop, “Co-Teaching: Classroom Partnerships for Student Success” was offered in two locations in New York City, and was attended by over 100 teachers from the metro-NY area.

The full-day workshop addressed the drilled down on the questions “How do we build (or renew) our co-teaching partnership?” and “How do we create instructional intensity through co-teaching?” The day consisted of a mix of small group work, presentations, videos, and discussions focused on creating classroom partnerships. Dr. Friend captivated the audience with tips on how to form productive and efficient work teams and how to foster inclusive practices.

IMG_0743 copyThere was much praise from the participants for Dr. Friend, who is one of the nation’s the pre-eminent authorities on co-teaching. In addition to being an in-demand speaker, Dr. Friend is the author of the best-selling book Co-Teach! Building and Sustaining Effective Classroom Partnerships in Inclusive Schools, the laminated reference guide Co-Teaching: Strategies to Improve Student Outcomes the laminated reference guide Co-Teaching: Strategies to Improve Student Outcomes, and hosts a popular co-teaching video series which includes The Power of TwoMore Power, and Releasing the Power, all of which can be purchased on

Enthusiastic participant feedback included:

  • “Excellent presentation on co­teaching models! The examples given were extremely helpful in understanding the models. we are looking forward to turn­keying the information and focusing our work on station teaching and specific ‘SDI’ planning.”
  • “As a first year ICT team, this was extremely helpful and will help us drive our instruction from this point forward.”
  • “First PD I have been to in a long time that I am walking away with practices I want to implement in my classroom.”
  • “This was an awesome PD. It shed light on what I really can work on and start doing in my classroom. I thought I was doing all that I could but I have learned so many strategies that will immediately improve my instruction.”

CEI and CSS will be offering an additional professional development workshop March 9 and 10: “Co-Teaching in Secondary Schools” by Lisa Dieker. For additional details and to register, please visit

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Marilyn Friend, Toby Karten & Lisa Dieker Headline Workshop Series: Improving Student Outcomes

Comprehensive School Solution (CSS), the new training division of National Professional Resources (NPR, Inc.), has partnered with the Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) to present series of professional development workshops designed to assist educators working with students with special needs. Three of our most popular authors—Marilyn Friend, Toby Karten, and Lisa Dieker—will each be presenting two full-day workshops at different locations in New York City, in December, February, and March, respectively. Register now for early-bird pricing!

A description of each presentation follows. Each session includes complimentary breakfast and lunch, as well as training materials.


Marilyn Friend

Co-Teaching: Classroom Partnerships for Student Success with Marilyn Friend

Explore different models of co-teaching, the necessary elements for successful co-teaching partnerships, and the ways in which co-teaching can improve student outcomes. Learn about the interrelationship of co-teaching with specially designed instruction (SDI) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Marilyn Friend, PhD, past president of CEC and professor emeritus at UNC, is the foremost authority on co-teaching, having authored several best-selling publications, as well as co-authored three of the most widely used college textbooks on special education.



Toby Karten

Implementing the Common Core Standards for Students with Special Needs with Toby Karten
February 1 & 2, 2016

Align K-12 standards to research-based instructional practices that respect learning differences. Learn ways of creatively connecting CCSS to students with and without IEPs who are instructed across the least restrictive environment (LRE) continuum.

Toby Karten has extensive experience with NYC schools as a teacher, instructional coach, and professional development provider. Her internationally best-selling books explore effective inclusion strategies that respect students’ diverse abilities, skills, and knowledge.



Lisa Dieker

Co-Teaching in Secondary Schools with Lisa Dieker
March 9 & 10, 2016

Learn best practices and winning techniques for implementing co-teaching in the unique settings of middle and high school. Develop effective lesson plans and enhance co-teaching partnerships.

Lisa Dieker, PhD, a professor and Lockheed Martin eminent scholar and the coordinator of the University of Central Florida’s PhD program in special education, has produced six books and two videos focused on effective strategies for inclusion and co-teaching.


Brought to you by CSS & CEI

Comprehensive School Solutions (CSS), a training division of NPR, Inc., offers affordable, customizable professional training delivered by world-class authors, researchers, and presenters in the field of education. CSS provides schools with research-based strategies and solutions to improve the process of support around learning.

The Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) is a non-profit education organization and a recognized leader in advancing meaningful reforms in public education. Our mission is to ensure that the school is the center and driving force of public education reform and innovation. CEI provides customized, hands on support to principals, teachers, parents and staff to help them meet the unique needs of their students.

Jim Knight Presents “High Impact Instruction: A Framework for Great Teaching”

A daylong professional development worshop

May 13, 2015 at the University of Central Florida, Orlando

When teachers strive to achieve their personal best, their students benefit because instruction improves and students are inspired by their teachers’ pursuit of excellence. In his best-selling book High Impact Instruction: A Framework for Great Teaching, Jim Knight presents high-impact, research-based instructional strategies gleaned from over a decade of working with instructional coaches. In this daylong workshop, the author and frequent presenter provides an overview of these strategies, which are organized around the themes of Instruction, Content Planning, Formative Assessment and Community Building. Participants will be empowered with practical tools to improve their practice.

The workshop is geared toward teachers as well as school administrators who are responsible for structuring the school environment, designing professional learning, and supporting teachers, and instructional coaches who work with teachers to implement new practices.

Presented by National Professional Resources and FIRST Educational Resources through Comprehensive School Solutions, the workshop will take place on May 13, 2015 from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, Florida. Registration fees are:

  • $195 per person prior to April 3, 2015
  • $225 per person after April 3, 2015
  • $180 per person for teams of 5 or more

REGISTER NOW ONLINE, or call Garth Larson at 920-479-6504, or email him at [email protected].

jim-knight-presenterAbout Jim Knight

Jim Knight, PhD is the president of the Instructional Coaching Group, as well as a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has studied professional learning and instructional coaching for close to 20 years. In addition to High Impact Instruction, Knight has written the books Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction and Unmistakable Impact: A Partnership Approach for Dramatically Improving Instruction. He is co-author of the book Coaching Classroom Management and editor of Coaching: Approaches and Perspectives. He has written many articles on instructional coaching and professional learning and is a frequent speaker on the topic. He leads the coaching institutes and the Annual Instructional Coaching Conference in Lawrence, Kansas.

Knight has his PhD in Education fro the University of Kansas, where he has won several teaching, innovation, and service awards. He hosts “Talking About Teaching” on the Teaching Channel and writes the blog. His website is


Announcing the Launch of Comprehensive School Solutions

A new training division of NPR, Inc.!

Comprehensive School Solutions - Professional Development & Training for Educators

Let Us Help Your Staff Become More Effective Tomorrow Than They Are Today!

Our new training division,  Comprehensive School Solutions, combines the products and resources of NPR, Inc. with face-to-face training and consultation delivered by some of the top experts and most dynamic presenters in the field of education. For over 30 years National Professional Resources (NPR, Inc.) has been publishing books and quick reference laminated guides for educators, and producing professional development and training videos to better enable teachers, administrators, and other school staff to help every student achieve success. This new venture combines the products and resources of NPR, Inc. with in-person professional development workshops and events to provide truly comprehensive solutions.

Comprehensive School Solutions offers affordable, customizable professional training/consultation designed to make educators more effective and ensure all students achieve high levels of learning. We will work with you to assess your needs and schedule a presentation or workshop that is best suited to your organization.

Topical areas include but are not limited to:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Grading and Assessment
    • Data
    • Instructional Technology
    • Differentiated Instruction
    • Response to Intervention/MMST
  • Special Need Students
    • Students with disabilities
    • English Language Learners
    • At-risk
    • Assistive technology
  • Social Emotional Learning
    • Bullying
    • Character development
    • School climate
    • School Safety

If you are interested in booking a speaker or scheduling a presentation, or would like more information on Comprehensive School Solutions, please contact Joseph Casbarro at 800-453-7461, or email [email protected]