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One Child, Two Languages: A Guide for Early Childhood Educators of Children Learning English as a Second Language
One Child, Two Languages: A Guide for Early Childhood Educators of Children Learning English as a Second Language
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Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom
Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom
By: Lisa Delpit
New Press
(1996)

By the year 2000, nearly 40 percent of the children in America's classrooms will be African American, Hispanic, Asian American, or Native American, yet most of those children's teachers will be white. In a radical and piercing analysis of what is going on in American classrooms today, MacArthur Award-winning author Lisa Delpit suggests that many of the academic problems attributed to children of color are actually the result of miscommunication as schools and "other people's children" struggle with the imbalance of power and the dynamics of inequality plaguing our system.

Overcoming Dyslexia
Overcoming Dyslexia
By: Sally E. Shaywitz

Yale neuroscientist Shaywitz demystifies the roots of dyslexia and offers parents and educators hope that children with reading problems can be helped. Shaywitz delves deeply into how dyslexia occurs, explaining that magnetic resonance imaging has helped scientists trace the disability to a weakness in the language system at the phonological level.

Overcoming Underachieving: An Action Guide to Helping Your Child Succeed in School
Overcoming Underachieving: An Action Guide to Helping Your Child Succeed in School
By: Sam Goldstein, Nancy Mather

In Overcoming Underachieving two nationally recognized experts in children's school problems show you how to become your child's advocate, coach, and guide through the educational process. Using numerous case examples, they help you pinpoint your child's unique learning patterns and the problems that interfere with learning, behavior, and achievement. This information-packed book provides dozens of creative, parent-tested tools to help your child overcome difficulties with reading, math, handwriting, study skills, memorization, attention span, and many other problems that affect school success.

Parenting a Child With Sensory Processing Disorder: A Family Guide to Understanding & Supporting Your Sensory-sensitive Child
Parenting a Child With Sensory Processing Disorder: A Family Guide to Understanding & Supporting Your Sensory-sensitive Child
By: Christopher R. Auer, Susan L. Blumberg
New Harbinger Publications
(2006)

Kids with sensory processing disorder SPD may seem unduly sensitive to physical sensations, light, and sound, and they may react strongly to sensory events that adult and other children take in stride or totally ignore. SPD can make it hard for kids to do well in school, participate in social events, and live peaceably with other family members. Until now there have been only limited resources for parents of kids with this condition, but in this book a child advocate and child psychologist offer this comprehensive guide to parenting a child with SPD and integrating his or her care with the needs of the whole family.

The book introduces SPD and offers an overview of what it means to advocate for a child with the condition. It describes a range of activities that help strengthen family relationships, improve communication about the disorder, and deal with problem situations and conditions a child with SPD may encounter. Throughout, the book stresses the importance of whole-family involvement in the care of a child with SPD, especially the roles fathers play in care-giving. Many of the book's ideas are illustrated with case stories that demonstrate how the book's ideas can play out in daily life.

Partnering for Fluency
Partnering for Fluency
By: Mary Kay Moskal, Camille L.Z. Blachowicz
The Guilford Press
(2006)

This volume, which is part of the Tools for Teaching Literacy series, provides a wealth of research-based, classroom-tested strategies for teaching reading fluency. Topics include fluency assessment, resources for fluency instruction, planning for instruction, and how to design staff development to encourage good fluency instruction. Of particular interest is the chapter entitled, "Student Partners for Fluency Development," in which the authors discuss how to effectively pair students for classroom fluency work so that they can take responsibility for their own learning and support each other's fluency development.

Patterns of Narrative Discourse: A Multicultural, Life Span Approach
Patterns of Narrative Discourse: A Multicultural, Life Span Approach
By: Alyssa McCabe, Lynn S. Bliss
Allyn & Bacon
(2002)

Product Description: This book educates professionals about the features of narrative discourse from a multicultural perspective. The authors seek to prevent misdiagnoses of cultural differences as deficits. The importance of narratives for children and adults is presented with respect to literacy, education, law and medicine. Narratives from children with typical and impaired discourse development are described regarding the following cultures: European North American, African American, Spanish-speaking communities, and Asian Americans. This book is intended for speech-language pathologists, early childhood specialists, elementary and high school educators, as well as students in these disciplines.

Peer Power: Preadolescent Culture and Identity
Peer Power: Preadolescent Culture and Identity
By: Patricia A. Adler, Peter Adler

Peer Power explodes existing myths about children's friendships, power, and popularity, and the gender chasm between elementary school boys and girls. Based on eight years of intensive insider participant observation in their own children's community, the authors discuss the vital components in the lives of preadolescents: popularity, friendships, cliques, social status, social isolation, loyalty, bullying, boy-girl relationships, and afterschool activities.

Persistent Inequality: Contemporary Realities in the Education of Undocumented Latina/o Students
Persistent Inequality: Contemporary Realities in the Education of Undocumented Latina/o Students
By: Maria Pabon Lopez, Gerardo Lopez

How solid is the Supreme Court precedent, Plyler v. Doe, that allows undocumented children the opportunity to attend public school K-12 free of charge? What would happen if the Supreme Court overruled it? What is the DREAM Act and how would this proposed federal law affect the lives of undocumented students? How have immigration raids affected public school children and school administrators? To shed some light on these vital questions, the authors provide a critical analysis of the various legal and policy aspects of the U.S. educational system.

Phonemic Awareness Activities for Early Reading Success (Grades K-2)
Phonemic Awareness Activities for Early Reading Success (Grades K-2)
By: Wiley Blevins

Phonemic awareness—the understanding that words are made up of sounds—is essential to a child's early reading success. With this book, children gain this awareness through engaging, easy to teach activities.

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