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Improving Schooling for Language-Minority Students: A Research Agenda
Improving Schooling for Language-Minority Students: A Research Agenda
By: Diane August, Kenji Hakuta , National Research Council
National Academies Press
(1997)

In this book, readers can find a comprehensive history of bilingual education in the United States. This text investigates research on development of a second language and explores what we know about effective learning environments for these children.

In the Mind's Eye
In the Mind's Eye
By: Thomas G. West

This book deals with visual thinkers and computer data visualization, neurological research and gifted persons with learning difficulties — examining the role of visual-spatial strengths and verbal weaknesses in the lives of ten historical persons, including Albert Einstein, Michael Faraday, James Clerk Maxwell, Sir Winston Churchill, Gen. George Patton and William Butler Yeats.

In the Mind's Eye was selected as one of the "Outstanding Academic Books of 1998" by Choice magazine, a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries of the American Library Association. In January 1999, the book was designated as among the "best of the best" for 1998, being among 13 books in the psychology category recommended for inclusion in college and university libraries. Selection for the award is based on "overall excellence in presentation and scholarship, importance relative to other literature in the field, distinction as a first treatment."

Individualized Supports for Students with Problem Behaviors
Individualized Supports for Students with Problem Behaviors
By: Lee Kern, Linda M. Bambara

Practical and comprehensive, this book focuses on the nuts and bolts of designing positive behavior support plans for students with such disabilities as mental retardation, autism, learning disabilities, and emotional/behavioral disorders. Strategies are provided for addressing individual behavioral problems at all levels of severity. Filled with illustrative examples, the book shows how to conduct a functional assessment and develop an overall support plan, using a team-based approach.

Inside Words: Tools for Teaching Academic Vocabulary (Grades 4-12)
Inside Words: Tools for Teaching Academic Vocabulary (Grades 4-12)
By: Janet Allen
Stenhouse

Product Description: In Inside Words, Janet Allen merges recent research and key content-area teaching strategies to show teachers how to help students understand the academic vocabulary found in textbooks, tests, articles, and other informational texts. Each instructional tool is listed alphabetically along with its purpose: building background knowledge; teaching words that are critical to comprehension; providing support during reading and writing; developing a conceptual framework; and assessing students' understanding of words and concepts.

Instruction and Assessment of ESL Learners: Promoting Success in Your Classroom
Instruction and Assessment of ESL Learners: Promoting Success in Your Classroom
By: Faye Brownlie, Catherine Feniak , Vicki McCarthy
Portage & Main Press
(2004)

In this hands-on guide for classroom practitioners, the authors jump right into effective school-based planning, best practices, and considerations for ELLs in elementary and secondary settings, as well as tips for supporting ELLs in the mainstream classroom. In addition, they present a number of helpful assessment strategies, rubrics, and descriptors for informal assessment of reading, writing, and oral language, as well as lesson and unit plans for students in grades 1-9. Appendices include examples of proficiency assessments, student-led conference forms, and graphic organizers.

Interactive Notebooks and English Language Learners: How to Scaffold Content for Academic Success
Interactive Notebooks and English Language Learners: How to Scaffold Content for Academic Success
By: Marcia Carter, Anita C. Hernandez , Jeannine D. Richison
Heinemann
(2009)

Writing can be a vehicle for expanding ELLs' learning, especially if the format is an interactive notebook. The format is similar to that of a double-entry journal — students take notes or post handouts on the right-hand pages and use the left-hand pages for their own reactions to the posted material. This allows ELLs to engage and interact with content material in a way that promotes understanding and helps build academic vocabulary. Detailed instructions and examples included.

Involving Latino Families in Schools: Raising Student Achievement Through Home-School Partnerships
Involving Latino Families in Schools: Raising Student Achievement Through Home-School Partnerships
By: Concha Delgado Gaitan
Corwin Press
(2004)

Product Description: This guide provides tools and strategies for including Latino parents in developing sustained academic improvement. Through suggested activities, case examples, first-person success stories, and vignettes, the author provides insights and instruction for planning, designing, and implementing parental participation programs that enhance the classroom curriculum and effectively engage Latino students.

It's Nobody's Fault: New Hope and Help for Difficult Children
It's Nobody's Fault: New Hope and Help for Difficult Children
By: Harold S. Koplewicz, MD

Brain chemistry, not bad parenting, is responsible for the 12 percent of children younger than 18 who have diagnosable brain disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), separation anxiety disorder (SAD), or enuresis (bed-wetting). Through case studies, scientific data, and information about children's development and brain chemistry, Koplewicz helps parents understand the obstacles their brain-disordered children face. A practicing psychiatrist, he also suggests means, including therapy and medication, by which families may lessen the difficulties posed by those disorders. He devotes the final section of the book to considerations of the nature and treatment of problems including, besides those noted above, depression, conduct disorder, bipolar disorder, and autism. Presented with compassion but in no-nonsense style, his effort offers a wealth of scientific information in a format easily accessible to parents, extended families, and friends of "difficult" children.
—Kathryn Carpenter from Booklist

It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success
It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success
By: Rick Lavoie

As any parent, teacher, coach, or caregiver of a learning disabled child knows, every learning disability has a social component. The ADD child constantly interrupts and doesn't follow directions. The child with visual-spatial issues loses his belongings. The child with a nonverbal communication disorder fails to gesture when she talks. These children are socially out of step with their peers, and often they are ridiculed or ostracized for their differences. A successful social life is immeasurably important to a child's happiness, health, and development.

Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped or People Who Have Disabilities
Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped or People Who Have Disabilities
By: Richard Nelson Bolles, Dale S. Brown

Richard Bolles’s What Color Is Your Parachute? has helped millions of readers find their path in life, and now his Creative Approach to Job-Hunting is brought to bear on the specific challenges faced by job hunters with disabilities. In Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped, Bolles and Dale Susan Brown guide readers through the often-frustrating, but ultimately rewarding process of securing independence in their lives and personal satisfaction in their careers. The authors begin by demystifying the intricacies of the ADA, describing in clear terms what the act does and does not guarantee disabled job hunters, and then move on to job-hunting strategies tailored specifically to people with disabilities.

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