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 Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners: PreK-2
Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners: PreK-2
By: Diane Barone, Shelley Hong Xu
The Guilford Press

This book is a must-have for anyone who teaches ELLs in Pre-K through second grade. Each chapter is packed with practical, research-based strategies that teachers can immediately put to use in their own classrooms. The discussion focuses on working with ELL families, choosing appropriate instructional materials for ELLs, and effective instructional practices in: oral language development, assessment, writing, comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, and phonics. Throughout the book, Barone and Xu summarize current research in literacy instruction for ELLs, but their emphasis is on specific strategies that translate that research into effective classroom teaching.

102 Content Strategies for English Language Learners: Teaching for Academic Success in Grades 3-12
102 Content Strategies for English Language Learners: Teaching for Academic Success in Grades 3-12
By: Jodi Reiss
Prentice Hall
(2008)

After a brief exploration of theoretical and cultural considerations when teaching content to ELLs, Jodi Reiss outlines 102 strategies that can be used in grades 3-12. Content and ELL educators alike will benefit from her approach of combining a conceptual framework with practical examples, as well as her advice on selecting core concepts when reviewing content standards.

50 Strategies for Communicating and Working with Diverse Families (3rd Edition)
50 Strategies for Communicating and Working with Diverse Families (3rd Edition)
By: Janet Gonzalez-Mena
Pearson
(2013)

Product Description: This guidebook offers early childhood educators practical strategies for partnering with families to support, enhance, and maximize the quality of care and education of young children. Extensively revised, the third edition reflects current themes, trends, and research from the field such as expanded descriptions of the many different types of families readers will likely work with, including military families and grandparents raising their grandchildren, information on the influence of media on young children, and information on the impact of economic hardship on children.

A Good Start in Life: Understanding Your Child's Brain and Behavior from Birth to Age 6
A Good Start in Life: Understanding Your Child's Brain and Behavior from Birth to Age 6
By: Norbert Herschkowitz, Elinore Chapman Herschkowitz

This book is an engaging, reader-friendly work which guides parents through the formative years of a child's life. This well-regarded book is now available in paperback, newly revised to reflect the most recent studies. The new edition features information from the latest research, including traumatic events in the news, television and learning skills, physical activity, and temperament.

With a specific focus on the brain, the book takes the reader through specific phases of child development beginning with Life in the Womb an going through the first six years of life. Each chapter ends with a section "To Think About," addressing such practical matters as good-night rituals, reading books together and coping with conflict.

A Guide to Collaboration for IEP Teams
A Guide to Collaboration for IEP Teams
By: Nicholas Martin, M.A.

This book contains everything necessary for establishing effective IEP meetings. The former President of the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education, Chuck Noe, M.A., acknowledges this and says, "Martin's ideas work…" and he recommends this book to "anyone wanting to strengthen the quality of meetings and outcomes." The book targets the needs of administrators, teachers, resource professionals, and parents. It is a skills-based book that will help these groups to design, review, and modify IEPs for children with special education needs.

A Mind At A Time
A Mind At A Time
By: Mel Levine

"Different minds learn differently," writes Dr. Mel Levine, one of the best-known learning experts and pediatricians in America today. Some students are strong in certain areas and some are strong in others, but no one is equally capable in all. Yet most schools still cling to a one-size-fits-all education philosophy. As a result, many children struggle because their learning patterns don't fit the way they are being taught.

In his #1 New York Times bestseller A Mind at a Time, Dr. Levine shows parents and those who care for children, how to identify these individual learning patterns, explaining how they can strengthen a child's abilities and either bypass or help overcome the child's weaknesses, producing positive results instead of repeated frustration and failure.

A Parent's Guide to Special Education
A Parent's Guide to Special Education
By: Linda Wilmshurst, Alan W. Brue

The term 'special education' encompasses dozens of learning challenges: developmental delay, learning and physical disabilities, emotional disturbance, retardation, language impairment, autism, and others. By nature of this diversity, navigating even well-run, well-funded special education programs can be daunting. A Parent's Guide to Special Education offers invaluable information and a positive vision of special education that will help them through a potentially overwhelming process. Filled with practical recommendations, sample forms, and enlightening examples, this is a priceless resource for helping every child learn.

A Search Past Silence: The Literacy of Young Black Men
A Search Past Silence: The Literacy of Young Black Men
By: David Kirkland, Pedro Noguera
Teachers College Press
(2013)

In this groundbreaking work, David Kirkland, an associate professor of English Education at New York University, explores a new approach to looking at the lives and literacies of young Black men, as well as the silence that defines their experiences. Kirkland follows a group of six young men over a number of years through their schooling and personal lives and immerses himself in their use of language, from the secret collection of poetry that one is writing to the creative facility with rap and rhyme that another possesses. Kirkland's approach is an urgent call to action to give young Black men a voice in the classroom and community. Foreword by Pedro Noguera.

A Special Education: One Family's Journey Through the Maze of Learning Disabilities
A Special Education: One Family's Journey Through the Maze of Learning Disabilities
By: Dana Buchman

The celebrated designer Dana Buchman knew almost nothing about "learning differences" when her daughter, Charlotte, was diagnosed with disabilities as a toddler. She soon discovered that the hard work and determination that had taken her from the Ivy League to her own fashion label wouldn't be enough to deal with Charlotte's disabilities; she would have to acquire a new skill set — to be able to see Charlotte as a person with unique abilities. A moving mother-daughter story, A Special Education is an inspiring account of one mother's journey to acceptance and understanding, as well as a family's triumph over daunting circumstances.

Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk that Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings
Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk that Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings
By: Jeff Zwiers, Marie Crawford
Stenhouse Publishers
(2011)

Product Description: Authors Jeff Zwiers and Marie Crawford have identified five core communication skills to help students hold productive academic conversations across content areas. These skills include: elaborating and clarifying, supporting ideas with evidence, building on and/or challenging ideas, paraphrasing, and synthesizing. Drawing on many hours of classroom practice, research, and video analysis across grade levels and content areas, the authors describe how to use conversations to build academic vocabulary and grammar; critical thinking skills; literacy skills; and complex and abstract essential understandings in content areas.

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