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Every Child Ready to Read: Literacy Tips for Parents
Every Child Ready to Read: Literacy Tips for Parents
By: Lee Pesky Learning Center

All parents want their children to read well and to succeed — and experts agree that improving literacy begins at birth. Reading aloud to your child, sharing simple games and wordplay, and developing letter knowledge start your child off on the right foot for school and life. Now the esteemed Lee Pesky Learning Center has created this easy, accessible reference for parents to help foster better literacy skills in children.

Exceptional Learners: Introduction to Special Education
Exceptional Learners: Introduction to Special Education
By: Daniel P. Hallahan, James M. Kauffman

Hallahan and Kauffman continue their tradition of presenting the latest trends and issues in this edition with over 400 new reference citations dated 2000 and after. Theory and research is presented in clear and concise language, and practical teaching suggestions are based on sound research. There are good reasons why Hallahan and Kauffman has been the best-selling introductory book in special education for generations of general education and special education teachers. Depth, lucidity, clarity, and coherence combine to make a text appropriate for readers at all levels: graduate and undergraduate, from introductory to advanced. Hallahan and Kauffman bring readers information they can trust. For anyone interested in education, specifically special education and human exceptionality.

Faking It: A Look Into the Mind of a Creative Learner
Faking It: A Look Into the Mind of a Creative Learner
By: Christopher Lee, Rosemary Jackson

Christopher Lee was the author's student at The University of Georgia, and Faking It: A Look Into the Mind of a Creative Learner is the story of his struggle to come to terms with learning disabilities. Using modifications and accommodations and putting in lots of hard work, Christopher graduated in 1990, and this book was published in 1992. Christopher looked forward to graduating because he thought his major struggles with LD would end with school. However, he quickly realized that the world of work offered a whole new array of challenges. He has spent the last eight years reframing his disability into something positive and has learned how to use assistive technology to compensate for problems with reading, writing and spelling in the workplace.

Fluency Instruction: Research-Based Best Practices
Fluency Instruction: Research-Based Best Practices
By: Timothy V. Rasinski, Camille L.Z. Blachowicz , Kristin Lims
The Guilford Press
(2005)

This text brings together experts in the field of fluency research and practice to discuss what is an often-overlooked component skill of reading. The book is divided into three sections. The first offers a very accessible discussion of fluency theory and research, including an introductory chapter on the history of fluency research. The second section of the book, which is devoted to effective fluency teaching, has descriptions of a variety of programs and practices that are based in sound research. The final section discusses fluency instruction with special populations, such as struggling readers and adult English language learners. Filled with useful and practical information, this book is a great resource for any professional library.

Forbidden Language: English Learners and Restrictive Language Policies
Forbidden Language: English Learners and Restrictive Language Policies
By: Patricia Gándara (Editor), Megan Hopkins (Editor)

Pulling together the most up-to-date research on the effects of restrictive language policies, this timely volume focuses on what we know about the actual outcomes for students and teachers in California, Arizona, and Massachusetts, states where these policies have been adopted. Prominent legal experts in bilingual education analyze these policies and specifically consider whether the new data undermine their legal viability. Other prominent contributors examine alternative policies and how these have fared.

Foundations for Teaching English Language Learners: Research, Theory, Policy, and Practice
Foundations for Teaching English Language Learners: Research, Theory, Policy, and Practice
By: Wayne E. Wright
Caslon, Inc.
(2010)

Dr. Wayne E. Wright offers a timely overview of the ELL field for educators and administrators that includes chapters about: ELL demographics; second-language theory; historical background; ELL policy at the federal, state, and local level; ELL assessment; language instruction; content-area instruction; primary language support; and technology in the classroom. Chapters tools such as guiding questions, activities, key terms, supporting documents, and exercises available on a companion website make this an essential resource for pre-service courses and professional development.

Frequently Asked Questions About Response to Intervention
Frequently Asked Questions About Response to Intervention
By: Roger Pierangelo, George Giuliani

Increasingly, teachers are learning about the important role of Response to Intervention (RTI) in the success of every child. RTI is a multifaceted approach that provides immediate, relevant, and research-based services and interventions to students in general, compensatory, and special education. Written by two legal and special education experts, this concise, reader-friendly guide introduces educators to the purpose, core principles, legal basis, benefits, and application of this service delivery model.

From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America
From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America
By: Steven V. Roberts
Harper
(2009)

Product Description: New York Times bestselling author Steven V. Roberts follows the stories of thirteen immigrant families in From Every End of This Earth, a poignant and eye-opening look at immigration in America today. He captures the voices of those living the promise of a new land — and the difficulties of starting over among strangers whose suspicions increasingly outweigh their open-armed acceptance. As the political debate rages on, Roberts sheds light on the enormous contributions immigrants continue to make to the fabric and future of America.

From Ideas to Words: Writing Strategies for English Language Learners
From Ideas to Words: Writing Strategies for English Language Learners
By: Tasha Tropp Laman
Heinemann
(2013)

Product Description: Professor Tasha Tropp Laman provides insight and practical tips for getting ELL students writing, even if they are at the very beginning stages of English language acquisition. Each chapter is stocked with specific tools and strategies that help writing instruction meet the needs of ELL writers; illustrated classroom vignettes, samples of children's writing, student observations, and planning notes based on the information in that chapter.

Games for Reading
Games for Reading
By: Peggy Kaye
Pantheon; 1st edition
(1984)

Peggy Kaye's Games for Reading helps children read by doing just what kids like best: playing games. There are mazes and puzzles, games that train the eye to see patterns of letters, games that train the ear so a child can sound out words, games that awaken a child's imagination and creativity, and games that provide the right spark to fire a child's enthusiasm for reading.

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