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Co-Teaching Strategies to Support Differentiated Literacy Instruction

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Co-Teaching Strategies to Support Differentiated Literacy Instruction

Presented by Leana R. Malinowsky, Elementary Educator, Grade 2, Private Nicholas Minue School (NJ); and Paul Garcia, Special Education Teacher, Private Nicholas Minue School (NJ)
Moderated by ​Terrie Noland, Ph.D., CALP​, Vice President, Educator Initiatives​, Learning Ally

Sponsored by Learning Ally

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Every co-teaching relationship is unique and takes time to build. When you establish one well, it serves as the cornerstone for your students’ learning and growth, especially in literacy. As co-teachers for the past three years, the presenters experienced the process of building a foundation for working cohesively both in person and virtually. In this edWebinar, viewers learn how the presenters worked closely to establish a strong framework for teaching literacy and differentiating instruction for the needs of diverse learners in the classroom. Viewers learn about the six models of co-teaching as well as how to implement and apply them to teaching literacy:

  • Team teaching
  • Parallel teaching
  • Station teaching
  • Alternative teaching
  • One teach, one assist
  • One teach, one observe

The presenters cover how they structure reading instructional periods so students receive evidence-based practices in all areas of literacy, as well as strategies for increasing engagement in the classroom. There’s also a whimsical twist you don’t want to miss!

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to PreK-5 teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders.


Leana MalinowskyAbout the Presenters

Leana Malinowsky is a three-time graduate of Kean University. She is an elementary educator with over 14 years of experience teaching general education, special education, ESL students, and reading intervention. Leana is a certified reading specialist and has training in Orton-Gillingham. She is the associate counselor for the Delta Rho, Kean University’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi: International Honor Society in Education, an award-winning chapter. Leana has articles published in The Teacher Advocate and The New Teacher’s Guide to Overcoming Common Challenges: Curated Advice from Award-Winning Teachers. She also has co-authored articles for Scholastic Parents. Leana has been a featured presenter for various workshops for early educators including KDP, ISTE Summit, and Teachonomy. She is passionate about special education, teaching reading and reading intervention, working with pre-service teachers, and teacher leadership.


Paul GarciaPaul Garcia has taught special education for 27 years. He has taught in various grade levels and settings. He also served as the school district’s elementary special education literacy resource coach for two years. He earned his MS in education with a focus in elementary reading and literacy in 2009. In 1993 and 2014, Paul was one of the district’s honorees for the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award. He received an honorary membership to Kappa Delta Pi honor society in 2021. A musician and board game enthusiast, Paul enjoys finding ways to incorporate his interests to engage his students.


Terrie NolandAbout the Moderator

Listen. Learn. Teach. It’s that simple. Terrie Noland uses this philosophy as an innovator and a motivator, and it’s evident as she leads, coaches and mentors thousands of K-12 educators about the science of reading each year. She has a unique perspective on the need to unify all stakeholders around a vision for education to smash the reading divide for the millions of struggling readers. Her daily mission is to add value to educators to help influence transformational changes in school districts across the country by addressing the needs of marginalized students. Terrie seeks to share her expertise and passion to encourage and to illuminate a path towards success and measurable outcomes.

If you looked at Terrie’s resume, you would be confused. Her undergraduate and graduate degree work placed her in the field of criminal justice. However, it was through continuous listening and learning that led her on a journey in education starting out in preschool teaching and administration, then becoming a Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) and earning a Ph.D. in literacy and educational leadership from St. John’s University. Terrie is also a John Maxwell certified speaker and coach.

As Vice President of Educator Initiatives at Learning Ally, Terrie works to ignite enthusiasm and excitement by building champion educators and administrators on creating cultures of literacy and learning.


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Wednesday, June 29, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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