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Month-by-Month Phonics for Upper Grades: A Second Chance for Struggling Readers and Students Learning English
Month-by-Month Phonics for Upper Grades: A Second Chance for Struggling Readers and Students Learning English
By: Patricia Cunningham, Dorothy P. Hall , Gene Shanks
Four Blocks

This book, highly recommended by upper elementary, middle, and high school teachers, offers monthly activities, sample lessons, and word lists to help students become fluent decoders and spellers. Students will learn how to apply reading and writing strategies through age-appropriate strateges.

Mosaic of Thought : Teaching Comprehension in a Reader's Workshop
Mosaic of Thought : Teaching Comprehension in a Reader's Workshop
By: Susan Zimmermann, Ellin Keene
Heinemann
(1997)

How do students become thoughtful, independent readers who comprehend text at a deep level?

Moving the Classroom Outdoors: Schoolyard-Enh​anced Learning in Action
Moving the Classroom Outdoors: Schoolyard-Enh​anced Learning in Action
By: Herb Broda
Stenhouse Publishers
(2011)

Product Description: Outdoor learning expert Herb Broda presents concrete examples of how urban, suburban, and rural schools have enhanced the school site as a teaching tool. Herb focuses on the practical and the specific, including ideas for seating, signage, planting considerations, teaching/meeting areas, outdoor classroom management, pathways, equipment storage, raised gardens, and more. The book also provides an outdoor activity sampler, information on incorporating technology into the outdoor learning experience, and a chapter on the unique concerns of urban schools.

Multicultural Students With Special Language Needs (3rd Edition)
Multicultural Students With Special Language Needs (3rd Edition)
By: Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin
Academic Communication Association
(2008)

Product Description: This guide discusses cultural factors and variables that are important to consider in assessment and program planning for culturally and linguistically diverse students with language disorders and other special learning needs. A wide variety of case studies are included, designed to help professionals deal with the complex problems often encountered when collecting and interpreting assessment data.

Negotiating Language Policies in Schools: Educators as Policymakers
Negotiating Language Policies in Schools: Educators as Policymakers
By: Kate Menken (Editor), Ofelia García (Editor)

Educators are at the epicenter of language policy in education. This book explores how they interpret, negotiate, resist, and (re)create language policies in classrooms. Bridging the divide between policy and practice by analyzing their interconnectedness, it examines the negotiation of language education policies in schools around the world, focusing on educators' central role in this complex and dynamic process… Discussion questions are included in each chapter. A highlighted section provides practical suggestions and guiding principles for teachers who are negotiating language policies in their own schools.

Negotiating the Special Education Maze
Negotiating the Special Education Maze
By: Winifred Anderson, Stephen Chitwood , Deidre Hayden , Cherie Takemoto

Negotiating the Special Education Maze is one of the best tools available to parents and teachers for developing an effective education program for their child or student. Every step is explained, from eligibility and evaluation to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and beyond. This edition covers changes in disability laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It reviews early intervention services for children from birth to age three, and for those who have young adults with special needs, it also covers transitioning out of school.

New Voices ~ Nuevas Voces: A Handbook on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Early Childhood
New Voices ~ Nuevas Voces: A Handbook on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Early Childhood
By: Dina Castro, Betsy Anyakoya , Christina Kasprzak
Brookes

Product Description: Developed by Dina Castro and her expert team, this five-module program is the key to working effectively with diverse children and families and preparing all children for long-term school and social success. The handbook gives readers thorough coverage of each module, enhanced with learning objectives, case studies, reflection questions, and an assessment scale and observation checklist administrators can use to monitor staff improvement.

No Child Left Behind and the Reduction of the Achievement Gap
No Child Left Behind and the Reduction of the Achievement Gap
By: Alan Sadovnik (Editor), Jennifer O'Day (Editor), George Bohrnstedt (Editor), Kathryn Borman (Editor)

This monumental collection presents the first-ever sociological analysis of the No Child Left Behind Act and its effects on children, teachers, parents, and schools. More importantly, these leading sociologists consider whether NLCB can or will accomplish its major goal: to eliminate the achievement gap by 2014. Based on theoretical and empirical research, the essays examine the history of federal educational policy and place NCLB in a larger sociological and historical context.

No Easy Answer : The Learning Disabled Child at Home and at School
No Easy Answer : The Learning Disabled Child at Home and at School
By: Sally Smith
Bantam; Revised edition
(1995)

Parents and teachers of learning disabled children have tumed to Sally Smith's No Easy Answers for information, advice, and comfort for more than fifteen years. This completely updated edition contains new chapters on Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and on the public laws that guarantee an equal education for learning disabled children. Sally Smith, the parent of a learning disabled child herself, guides parents along every step of the way, from determining if their child is learning disabled to challenging the school system to provide special services.

No Easy Answers: The Learning Disabled Child at Home and at School
No Easy Answers: The Learning Disabled Child at Home and at School
By: Sally L. Smith

This completely updated book contains new chapters on Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and on the public laws that guarantee an equal education for learning disabled children. There is also an entirely new section on learning disabled adults and the laws that protect them. Sally Smith, the parent of a learning disabled child herself, guides parents along every step of the way, from determining if their child is learning disabled to challenging the school system to provide special services. Drawing on more than twenty-five years of experience at her own nationally acclaimed school, she also offers valuable strategies to teachers who are anxious or discouraged as they struggle with learning disabled students. Although there are no easy answers, Sally Smith's experience, wealth of information, and sense of humor provide essential support.

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