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Teresa W Heck


TWH Co-Teaching is an educational consulting company that provides expertise in Co-Teaching. With over 20 years of experience, TWH provides professional development for university faculty and school-based personnel. A major focus of TWH Co-Teaching is assisting universities and their school partners in creating and implementing a co-teaching model for residency or student teaching. This is accomplished by identifying a lead team to participate in the two day Train the Trainer Co-Teaching Workshop. These Train the Trainer Workshops are offered at various sites around the country and throughout the year; they may also be provided at individual institution for their university faculty and school partners; and if interested, TWH will work with you to bring a Train the Trainer Workshop to your area.

Train the Trainer Co-Teaching Workshops are also available for school district personnel/teams who are interested in developing and/or enhancing a co-teaching program for two licensed teachers.

TWH Consulting/Co-Teaching and St. Cloud State University has developed a self-paced Online Co-Teaching Train the Trainer Workshop for Teacher Preparation Programs. For more information, or to enroll please go to: Self-Paced Online Co-Teaching Train the Trainer (Teacher Preparation or Residency)

TWH Co-Teaching also provides Consultation services; we will work with you to individualize professional development or a workshop to fit your university or school co-teaching needs.

Dr. Teresa Washut Heck, EdD. CEO of TWH Co-Teaching/Consulting; Director of The Academy for Co-Teaching and Collaboration and a Professor Emeriti at St. Cloud State University, MN (SCSU). Upon arriving at SCSU, Dr. Heck served as the Director of the Office of Clinical Experiences, placing over 500 teacher candidates each year and assuming the responsibility for the placement of an additional 1,000 field experience placements per semester. While director of the OCE, Dr. Heck developed a pilot model of co-teaching in student teaching. The qualitative data collected on the project showed overwhelming support from cooperating teachers. The initial findings provided the impetus to further investigate the implications of a co-teaching model of student teaching, eventually leading to a U.S. Department of Education, $5 million, Teacher Quality Enhancement Partnership Grant to study the impact of co-teaching on teacher candidates and the P-12 students they serve. Dr. Heck served as the Coordinator of Co-Teaching for the grant from 2003-2010.

Dr. Heck has consulted with school professionals, university faculty, and multiple state departments of education to develop and implement co-teaching. Dr. Heck has published and presented on using a co-teaching model for student teaching, co-teaching between two licensed teachers, professional development for teacher candidates, and using technology in student teaching evaluations. She has experience as a K-12 educator and draws on that knowledge to bring the perspective of secondary teachers and students. At the university level, she has experience co-teaching, in collaborative ventures, and excels at bridging the gap between the university and P-12 community. Known for her engaging and relevant presentations, she has expertise in the pedagogy of co-teaching.

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