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Making a Place for Kids With Disabilities
Making a Place for Kids With Disabilities
By: Dale Borman Fink, Ph.D.

Dale Borman Fink, the author of the only book on inclusion of youth with special needs in after school child care, now presents the first book to examine the experiences of children with disabilities participating in youth programs alongside their typical peers. Using a case study technique, he probes into the issues and dynamics that influence the increasing participation of kids with disabilities in such activities as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and park and recreation programs.

Making Mathematics Accessible to English Learners: A Guidebook for Teachers
Making Mathematics Accessible to English Learners: A Guidebook for Teachers
By: John Carr, Cathy Caroll , Sarah Cremer , Mardi Gale , Rachel Lagunoff
WestEd

Product Description: This practical book helps upper elementary, middle, and high school mathematics teachers effectively reach English learners in their classrooms. Designed for teachers who have had limited preparation for teaching mathematics to English learners, the guide offers an integrated approach to teaching mathematics content and English language skills, including guidance on best instructional practices from the field, powerful and concrete strategies for teaching mathematics content along with academic language, and sample lesson scenarios that can be implemented immediately in any mathematics class.

Making Science Accessible to English Learners: A Guidebook for Teachers, Updated Edition
Making Science Accessible to English Learners: A Guidebook for Teachers, Updated Edition
By: John Carr, Ursula Sexton , Rachel Lagunoff
WestEd

Product Description: This updated edition of the bestselling guidebook helps middle and high school science teachers reach English learners in their classrooms. The guide offers practical guidance, powerful and concrete strategies, and sample lesson scenarios that can be implemented immediately in any science class.

Managing Diverse Classrooms: How to Build on Students' Cultural Strengths
Managing Diverse Classrooms: How to Build on Students' Cultural Strengths
By: Carrie Rothstein-Fisch, Elise Trumbull
ASCD
(2008)

This groundbreaking book examines the impact of culture and individual/collective orientation on classroom management and family outreach. The authors present the results of Bridging Cultures, a longitudinal five-year action research project focused on immigrant students in the U.S. school system. The result was a transformational approach to classroom management in areas such as instruction, behavior, assessment, and parent relationships.

Many Languages, Building Connections: Supporting Infants and Toddlers Who Are Dual Language Learners
Many Languages, Building Connections: Supporting Infants and Toddlers Who Are Dual Language Learners
By: Karen Nemeth
Gryphon House
(2012)

Product Description: Many Languages, Building Connections outlines adaptable strategies that caregivers of children younger than the age of three can use to feel confident that they know how language develops, how cultural differences can come into play, and how to assess an individual child's situation to provide appropriate support.

Many Languages, One Classroom: Teaching Dual and English Language Learners
Many Languages, One Classroom: Teaching Dual and English Language Learners
By: Karen Nemeth

Product Description: Even the most experienced teacher can feel a bit unsure about meeting the unique needs of children from different language backgrounds. Organized by interest areas and times of the day, you'll find everything you need to open the doors of literacy and learning for young English language learners during dramatic play, outdoor play, reading, science, blocks, and circle time.

Many Ways To Learn: Young People's Guide to Learning Disabilities
Many Ways To Learn: Young People's Guide to Learning Disabilities
By: Judith M. Stern, Uzi Ben-Ami
Illustrated by: Michael Chesworth

With a positive, friendly approach, this guide defines learning disabilities, illustrates the different types, and explains where they come from, all the while providing reassurance without overwhelming the child. Many Ways to Learn describes the effects learning disabilities have on young people's behavior, performance, and emotions, and offers solid, proven suggestions for coping at home, in school, and with friends. It features a first-person account from a child with learning disabilities, a chapter on computers and an extensive resource list for parents. The message in Many Ways to Learn is that kids with learning disabilities have average or above-average intelligence; they just find it difficult to learn in a particular area or areas. With some help from school and family—and a little extra work on their part—they can do as well as anyone else.

Mastering Academic Language: A Framework for Supporting Student Achievement
Mastering Academic Language: A Framework for Supporting Student Achievement
By: Debbie Zacarian
Corwin
(2012)

In this groundbreaking guide, Debbie Zacarian, EdD, provides a new perspective on the role of academic language in the engagement and success of all students, including English language learners. Using numerous classroom examples, she outlines strategies for connecting academic language to students' lives, building upon students' previous literacy experiences, and engaging parents around activities that foster academic language development. Zacarian also includes reflection questions and guiding graphic organizers and rubrics.

McGraw-Hill's Spanish for Educators
McGraw-Hill's Spanish for Educators
By: Jose Diaz, Maria F. Nadel
McGraw-Hill
(2006)

A working knowledge of the Spanish language is an indispensable part of an educator’s skill set. This book gives readers more than 3,000 Spanish words and phrases and the basic grammar needed to use them properly and with confidence. Included vocabulary covers every aspect of a student’s school career, from kindergarten enrollment through high school graduation.

Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children
Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children
By: Betty Hart, Todd Risley
Brookes Publishing Company
(1995)

This monumental book traces the complex issues involved with the intergenerational transmission of competence and unveils some astonishing predictors found in the simple interactions between parents and their 1- and 2-year-old children. Meticulously recorded data, presented in detective-like style that grabs each and every reader, provide the scientific evidence underlying an alarming gap between the vocabularies of children from educated, advantaged families and children from families of low socioeconomic status -a gap that translates into widely different academic and intellectual performances as the children grow.

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