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How to Reach and Teach Children and Teens with Dyslexia
How to Reach and Teach Children and Teens with Dyslexia
By: Cynthia M. Stowe

This comprehensive, practical resource gives educators at all levels essential information, techniques, and tools for understanding dyslexia and adapting teaching methods in all subject areas to meet the learning style, social, and emotional needs of students who have dyslexia. Special features include over 50 full-page activity sheets that can be photocopied for immediate use and interviews with students and adults who have had personal experience with dyslexia. Organized into twenty sections, information covers everything from ten principles of instruction to teaching reading, handwriting, spelling, writing, math, everyday skills, and even covers the adult with dyslexia.

How to Reach and Teach Children with ADD/ADHD
How to Reach and Teach Children with ADD/ADHD
By: Sandra F. Rief

Sandra Rief offers myriad real-life case studies, interviews, and student intervention plans for children with ADD/ADHD. In addition, the book contains best teaching practices and countless strategies for enhancing classroom performance for all types of students.

How to Teach English Language Learners: Effective Strategies from Outstanding Educators (K-6)
How to Teach English Language Learners: Effective Strategies from Outstanding Educators (K-6)
By: Diane Haager, Janette K. Klingner , Terese C. Aceves
Jossey-Bass
(2009)

Product Description: This hands-on book draws on two wide-ranging teacher quality studies and profiles eight educators who have achieved exceptional results with their ELL students. Through highly readable portraits, the authors take readers into these teachers' classrooms, illustrating what it is they do differently that yields results from ELLs. Because most teachers profiled work within a three-tiered Response-to-Intervention framework, the book shows how to implement RTI effectively with ELLs and includes teaching tips, activities, discussion questions, and reflections from these outstanding teachers.

How to Teach Students Who Don't Look Like You: Culturally Relevant Teaching Strategies
How to Teach Students Who Don't Look Like You: Culturally Relevant Teaching Strategies
By: Bonnie M. Davis
Corwin Press

In this practical workbook, Bonnie M. Davis provides educators with a framework for teaching diverse learners of all ages. Davis encourages educators to examine their own cultural perspective and its influence on their interaction with students, as well as to think about how culture may shape students' communication styles, background knowledge, and behavior. Davis also offers thoughtful guiding questions to help educators reflect on their own expectations of students from different backgrounds, as well as culturally relevant classroom and parent outreach strategies. Facilitator guide included.

I Hear America Reading: Why We Read - What We Read
I Hear America Reading: Why We Read - What We Read
By: Jim Burke (Editor), John Cole
Heinemann
(1999)

Jim Burke invited readers of the San Francisco Chronicle to "write to my high school students about your experiences with books...." The best of the more than one thousand pages of letters are collected in this funny, poignant, and inspiring book.

I Wish I Could Fly Like a Bird
I Wish I Could Fly Like a Bird
By: Katherine Denison, Richard L. Walley (Editor), Tanya Weinberger (Editor)

Rick Lavoie, Former Executive Director of Riverview School in East Sandwich, MA, and producer of How Difficult Can This Be?: The F.A.T. City Workshop "…the book is a winner! This charming tale delivers a message of respect, resilience and hope to its young audience…The adventures of the appealing characters are extraordinarily effective in demystifying learning disabilities for special needs kids and their classmates. It belongs in every elementary school library, and save room on the shelves for the sequels!" This is the story of Chic L. Dee, a boy bird with learning disabilites, who flip-flops when he tries to fly. While he struggles to accept his limitations, he begins to discover his talents, trust his intuition and find his own way. Perhaps most importantly, he learns about making room for differences. Any kid who has ever felt embarrassed socially, who has ever resorted to bravado in the face of shame, will understand Chic — and love this story.

Implementing Response to Intervention: A Principal's Guide
Implementing Response to Intervention: A Principal's Guide
By: Susan Hall

As a research-based model for improving reading achievement, Response to Intervention (RTI) has demonstrated dramatic results in elementary and middle schools. This practical guide provides a clear vision of what RTI looks like in practice and illustrates how educators can use this highly effective approach to help students acquire grade-appropriate reading skills or make sure students receive the support they need through special education services.

Implementing RTI with English Learners
Implementing RTI with English Learners
By: Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey , Carol Rothenberg
Solution Tree Press
(2011)

Using a case-study approach, the authors address the placement of English Learners within the RTI framework, including some of the most vexing questions of implementation: Because English Learners require some differentiation, should they automatically be placed in Tier 2? What criteria should be used to establish Tier 2 groupings? How do you distinguish language learning from learning disability? What screening tools should be used and how often to monitor student progress? How do you fit intensive Tier 3 interventions into the school day? The authors’ comprehensive coverage of RTI will help educators successfully implement the model in their schools.

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."

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