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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.

Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning
Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning
By: Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Laurie Dietzel

Executive functions are the cognitive skills that help us manage our lives and be successful. Children with weak executive skills, despite their best intentions, often do their homework but forget to turn it in, wait until the last minute to start a project, lose things, or have a room that looks like a dump! The good news is that parents can do a lot to support and train their children to manage these frustrating and stressful weaknesses.

LD SAT Study Guide: Test Prep and Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities
LD SAT Study Guide: Test Prep and Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities
By: Paul Osborne

Paul Osborne's LD SAT Study Guide is an SAT prep manual designed for students with learning disabilities. By using three different types of instruction—instruction based on specific disabilities or difficulties, advice for anyone with a learning disability, and general SAT prep instruction—the LD SAT Study Guide provides information students need to help their score reflect their aptitude and not their disabilities.

Leading Academic Achievement for English Language Learners: A Guide for Principals
Leading Academic Achievement for English Language Learners: A Guide for Principals
By: Betty J. Alford, Mary Catherine Niño
Corwin Press
(2011)

Betty J. Alford and Mary Catherine Niño present an informative guide that will provide administrators important insights on the structural and strategic changes needed to create an environment in which ELLs will succeed. Some of these approaches focus creating a culture of academic achievement for ELLs; others focus on building capacity and examining opportunities for school improvement while meeting the needs of ELLs. The authors provide detailed rubrics, tools, and lists of recommended resources/websites to supplement the content of each chapter. Excerpts from the first two chapters are available from Google books.

Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society
Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society
By: Carola Suárez-Orozco, Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco , Irina Todorova
Belknap Press
(2010)

Product Description: One child in five in America is the child of immigrants, and their numbers increase each year. Very few will return to the country they barely remember. Who are they, and what America do they know? Based on an extraordinary interdisciplinary study that followed 400 newly arrived children from the Caribbean, China, Central America, and Mexico for five years, this book provides a compelling account of the lives, dreams, and frustrations of these youngest immigrants.

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