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Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections
Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections
By: Jean MacLeod , Sheena Macrae
EMK Press
(2007)

Product Description: Featuring over 100 contributors overseen by EMK Press writer-editors MacLeod and Macrae, this book is a virtual one-stop shop for adoption information for readers at any knowledge level. Divided into chapters like "Sleep," "Claiming," "Language," and "Food," it touches upon major issues in brief essays written by adoptive parents, adoptees, and therapists.

Americans By Heart: Undocumented Latino Students and the Promise of Higher Education
Americans By Heart: Undocumented Latino Students and the Promise of Higher Education
By: William Perez
Teachers College Press
(2011)

Product Description: Americans by Heart examines the plight of undocumented Latino students as they navigate the educational and legal tightrope presented by their immigration status. Many of these students are accepted to attend some of our best colleges and universities but cannot afford the tuition to do so because they are not eligible for financial aid or employment. For the few that defy the odds and manage to graduate, their status continues to present insurmountable barriers to employment. This timely and compelling account brings to light the hard work and perseverance of these students and their families; their commitment to education and civic participation; and their deep sense of uncertainty and marginality.

Assesment and ESL: An Alternative Approach (2nd Ed.)
Assesment and ESL: An Alternative Approach (2nd Ed.)
By: Barbara Law , Mary Eckes
Portage & Main Press
(2007)

Veteran educators Barbara Law and Mary Eckes present an in-depth discussion of what assessment really means for ELLs and ELL educators in this follow-up to The More-Than-Just Surviving Handbook. One of the strengths of this guide is that Law and Eckes simultaneously explore the big picture (what teachers need to know and trends in assessment), the programmatic implications (how to grade and when to exit students), and hands-on strategies regarding the details and mechanics of assessment (how to record your observations and present information to stakeholders). What is perhaps most refreshing, however, is the compassion, common sense, and humor they demonstrate throughout the book, underscored by numerous examples of student work and personal experiences.

Assessing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: A Practical Guide
Assessing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: A Practical Guide
By: Robert L. Rhodes , Salvador Hector Ochoa , Samuel O. Ortiz
The Guilford Press
(2005)

Product Description: This book presents a practical, problem-solving approach and bilingual hands-on tools for assessing ELLs and culturally diverse students. Research-based, step-by-step procedures for are included for conducting effective interviews with students, parents, and teachers; making the best use of interpreters; addressing special issues in the pre-referral process; and conducting accurate, unbiased assessments of academic achievement, intellectual functioning, language proficiency, and acculturation.

Assessing English Language Learners: Bridges from Language Proficiency to Academic Achievement
Assessing English Language Learners: Bridges from Language Proficiency to Academic Achievement
By: Margo Gottlieb
Corwin Press
(2006)

This comprehensive treatment of ELL assessment highlights the intricate relationship between English language proficiency and content area learning. The author provides detailed information on how teachers can integrate academic language instruction into the content area classroom in order to enhance students' learning and support effective assessment. The book includes excellent discussions of performance-based assessment; student self-assessment; standardized testing; and classroom-based language, literacy, and content assessment. Teachers will also find a large selection of rubrics, checklists, and other tools that they can use in their own classrooms.

Assessment and Accountability in Language Education Programs: A Guide for Administrators and Teachers
Assessment and Accountability in Language Education Programs: A Guide for Administrators and Teachers
By: Margo Gottlieb , Diep Nguyen
Caslon Publishing
(2007)

Gottlieb and Nguyen have created an excellent guide to developing a comprehensive assessment framework that can be used across a wide variety of language education programs. They begin by describing how they developed what they refer to as the Balanced Assessment and Accountability System, Inclusive and Comprehensive (BASIC) and successfully implemented it in a large suburban school district in Illinois. Their goal was to design an assessment model that would meet external demands, such as those imposed by No Child Left Behind, while at the same time meeting classroom teachers' need for ongoing, curriculum-based assessment. The book includes worksheets to guide teachers and administrators through the process of developing an assessment framework, as well as chapters on how to use assessment data to inform decision making in dual language and bilingual classrooms.

Attention, Memory, and Executive Function
Attention, Memory, and Executive Function
By: G. Reid Lyon (Editor)

This book reveals how the authors' findings from their research in psychology, neuropsychology, special education, and medicine can help clinicians assess and remediate reading and attention disorders. Valuable directions for future research are also offered.

Authentic Assessment for English Language Learners: Practical Approaches for Teachers
Authentic Assessment for English Language Learners: Practical Approaches for Teachers
By: J. Michael O'Malley , Lorraine Valdez Pierce
Longman
(1996)

This classic text by O'Malley and Valdez Pierce is an excellent resource for teachers who are interested in designing meaningful, instructionally-relevant assessments for their English language learners. The authors provide step-by-step instructions for using such tasks as oral interviews, portfolios, classroom demonstrations, and writing samples as valid and reliable assessments of reading, oral language development, writing, and content area learning. The text also includes 50 reproducible pages with checklists, rubrics, and other forms that may be photocopied for classroom use.

Becoming Scientists: Inquiry-Based Teaching in Diverse Classrooms, Grades 3-5
Becoming Scientists: Inquiry-Based Teaching in Diverse Classrooms, Grades 3-5
By: Rusty Bresser , Sharon Fargason
Stenhouse Publishers
(2013)

Good science starts with a question. Using inquiry science, children discover answers to their questions in the same way that scientists do — with experiments, predictions, observations, and conjectures. The book takes a look into real classrooms where teachers practice inquiry science and engage students in the practices outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards. The authors show teachers how to build on students' varied experiences and background knowledge, respond to different language needs of ELLs, and manage a diverse classroom during inquiry science exploration.

Beginning Literacy With Language: Young Children Learning at Home and School
Beginning Literacy With Language: Young Children Learning at Home and School
By: David Dickinson (Editor), Patton Tabors (Editor)

In this exciting new book, you'll travel into the homes and schools of over 70 young children from diverse backgrounds and observe parent-child and teacher-child interactions. Through research gathered in the Home School Study of Language and Literacy Development, the authors share with you the relationship they've found between these critical, early interactions and children's kindergarten language and literacy skills.

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