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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.

K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities
K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities
By: Princeton Review

Finding the perfect college for a student with a learning disability can be a frustrating and time-consuming process — so the experts at The Princeton Review have thoroughly researched college programs across the country to help students and their families find the best match to suit their needs.

Knowledge to Support the Teaching of Reading
Knowledge to Support the Teaching of Reading
By: Catherine Snow (Editor), Peg Griffin (Editor), M. Burns (Editor)

Basic reading proficiency is key to success in all content areas, but attending to students' literacy development remains a challenge for many teachers, especially after the primary grades. Knowledge to Support the Teaching of Reading presents recommendations for the essential knowledge about the development, acquisition, and teaching of language and literacy skills that teachers need to master and use.

Ladybugs, Tornadoes, and Swirling Galaxies
Ladybugs, Tornadoes, and Swirling Galaxies
By: Brad Buhrow, Anne Garcia Upczak
Stenhouse Publishers

Brad Buhrow and Anne Garcia are primary teachers who have blended comprehension instruction and ELL best practices to explore inquiry as a literacy pathway for English language learners. The book is full of photographs of student artwork, and the authors provide explicit detail on the process they use as they move step-by-step with students from personal narrative through the independent inquiry process. Appendices in Spanish and English included.

Language Building Blocks: Essential Linguistics for Early Childhood Educators
Language Building Blocks: Essential Linguistics for Early Childhood Educators
By: Dr. Anita Pandey
Teachers College Press
(2012)

Product Description: This accessible resource familiarizes early childhood professionals with linguistics, the scientific study of language. Knowledge of linguistics will enable early childhood educators to successfully teach young children core competencies, ranging from phonemic awareness, reading and math, to health literacy and intercultural awareness. The text includes numerous real-life examples for diverse age groups and learning styles. The online Resource Guide provides hands-on activities and contributions by top scholars in the field.

Language Policy in Schools: A Resource for Teachers and Administrators
Language Policy in Schools: A Resource for Teachers and Administrators
By: David Corson

"Corson takes a critical stance on language policy, providing a strong but accessible theoretical foundation for why and how language policy can inform what ultimately happens in schools and classrooms. And there is more: The book includes myriad case studies and examples from actual school sites in a style of writing that will ring true to teachers and administrators. This book propels the centrality of language for school policy well into the 21st century, making it essential reading for educators concerned with the needs of children and adolescents from diverse languages and cultures." –Christian Faltis, Arizona State University

Language, Culture, and Community in Teacher Education
Language, Culture, and Community in Teacher Education
By: Maria E. Brisk
Lawrence Erlbaum
(2007)

This volume addresses the pressing reality in teacher education that all teachers need to be prepared to work effectively with linguistically and culturally diverse student populations. The literature on language education has typically been discussed in relation to preparing ESL or bilingual teachers, while the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students, including immigrants, refugees, language minority populations, African Americans, and deaf students, have been addressed separately. This volume emphasizes that these children have both common educational needs and needs that are culturally and linguistically specific, and is directed to the preparation of all teachers who work with culturally and linguistically diverse students. The chapters are presented in three sections: knowledge, practice, and policy.

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