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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."

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.

Invisible No More: Understanding the Disenfranchisement of Latino Men and Boys
Invisible No More: Understanding the Disenfranchisement of Latino Men and Boys
By: Pedro Noguera, Aída Hurtado , Edward Fergus
Routledge
(2011)

Product Description: This groundbreaking interdisciplinary volume addresses the dearth of scholarship and information about Latino men and boys to further our understanding of the unique challenges and obstacles that they confront during this historical moment. The contributors represent a cross section of disciplines from health, criminal justice, education, literature, psychology, economics, labor, sociology and more, offering research and policy a set of principles and overarching guidelines for decreasing the invisibility and thus the disenfranchisement of Latino men and boys.

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