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The Family-School Connection: Theory, Research, and Practice
The Family-School Connection: Theory, Research, and Practice
By: Bruce A. Ryan (Editor), Gerald R. Adams (Editor), Thomas P. Gullotta (Editor), Roger P. Weissberg (Editor), Robert L. Hampton (Editor)

Currently, only about 50% of American youths live in traditional two-parent, first-marriage families. This fact, combined with often bleak economic and social realities, creates the backdrop of interactions between families, children, and schools are examined in this probing volume. Answering a need for evaluative research in this area of increasing public interest, the contributors build a model for evaluation, focusing on the dynamics of family-school connections. How is school achievement influenced by parent-child interactions and the family environment? How do school, family, community, and peer-group connections affect early adolescents? What is the family's role in the success of learning-disabled youth or in school truancy? What effect does parental discord and divorce have on a child's learning?

These questions, as well as proposals for intervention and prevention, create the crux of this book designed to inform and motivate readers to respond to one of our country's most fundamental social concerns. Vital reading for everyone who wants to better understand child-school-community interaction, this book especially warrants reading by students, researchers, and other professionals in developmental psychology, family studies, psychology, and social work.

The First Generation Student Experience: Implications for Campus Practice, and Strategies for Improving Persistence and Success
The First Generation Student Experience: Implications for Campus Practice, and Strategies for Improving Persistence and Success
By: Jeff Davis
Stylus Publishing
(2010)

Product Description: More first-generation students are attending college than ever before. Despite this, there is no agreed definition about the term, and few institutions can quantify how many first-generation students are enrolled. At the heart of the book are 14 first-person narratives — by first-generation students spanning freshman to graduate years — that help the reader get to grips with the variety of ethnic and economic categories to which they belong. The book concludes by defining 14 key issues that institutions need to address and offers a course of action for addressing them. (ACPA Publication)

The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child
The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child
By: Linda Dobson

This comprehensive guide will help you determine the appropriate first steps, build your own educational philosophy, and discover the best ways to cater to your child's specific learning style.

The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future
The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future
By: Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond
Economic Policy Institute and Teachers College
(2010)

Product Description: The Flat World and Education offers an eye-opening wake-up call concerning America's future and vividly illustrates what the United States needs to do to build a system of high-achieving and equitable schools that ensures every child the right to learn.

The Gift of ADHD: How to Transform Your Child's Problems Into Strengths
The Gift of ADHD: How to Transform Your Child's Problems Into Strengths
By: Lara Honos-Webb

The goal of this book is to help readers recast the paradigm they use to think about the condition, encouraging them to help ADHD kids develop their unique gifts. It begins with an overview of current ADHD diagnosis including definitions and a sample of a case study. Each subsequent chapter reframes certain ADHD symptoms in a positive way and reinforces this transformation with awareness exercises designed to increase the appreciation of the child's traits.

The Gift of Dyslexia
The Gift of Dyslexia
By: Ronald Davis, Eldon M. Braun

Levinson's use of patient testimonials and case studies to describe his breakthroughs in the treatment of dyslexia makes for a medical text that reads like a novel. He traces both his research on the connection between dyslexia and the inner ear and cerebellum and also the scientific community's skepticism regarding his claims. Formerly a professor at New York University Medical School and currently director of the Medical Dyslexic Treatment Center, Levinson acknowledges criticism and errors and, overall, offers a balanced view of his methods. In the process, he reveals the unfortunate increase in the politics of scientific research. Levinson's book is recommended as a source for the most current research, an account of the patients' plight, and an expose of the scientific debate.

Davis, on the other hand, emphasizes child development, psychology, and education rather than medical treatment. As a dyslexic individual and a teacher, he offers a unique perspective on the subject of learning disabilities. Through his own real-life experiences he shares what everyone needs to know about dyslexia, what the dyslexic student encounters in a typical school, and what is needed to teach such students effectively. To support his conclusion that dyslexics have special talents of perception, imagination, and intuition, Davis cites talented and brilliant figures from Einstein and Leonardo da Vinci to Churchill and Walt Disney.
— Library Journal

The Howard Street Tutoring Manual: Teaching At-Risk Readers in the Primary Grades
The Howard Street Tutoring Manual: Teaching At-Risk Readers in the Primary Grades
By: Darrell Morris
The Guilford Press
(1999)

This book prepares professionals and students to conduct one-to-one instruction with struggling readers and to conceptualize and develop tutorial programs. Written by the developer of Chicago's Howard Street tutorial program, the manual is grounded in theory and research and incorporates a range of new findings on emergent and at-risk readers in grades one through three.

The Human Side of Dyslexia
The Human Side of Dyslexia
By: Shirley Kurnoff

This book is about people, about the challenges and rewards, living with dyslexia. The author's goal is to give the reader encouragement, and to de-emphasize the negativity that comes with a learning difference. The 142 interviews are packed with practical coping strategies that will help you get through your journey with dyslexia.

The Inner World of the Immigrant Child
The Inner World of the Immigrant Child
By: Christine Igoa
Routledge
(1995)

Product Description: This powerful book tells the story of one teacher's odyssey to understand the inner world of immigrant children, and to create a learning environment that is responsive to these students' feelings and their needs. Featuring the voices and artwork of many immigrant children, this text portrays the immigrant experience of uprooting, culture shock, and adjustment to a new world, and then describes cultural, academic, and psychological interventions that facilitate learning as immigrant students make the transition to a new language and culture.

The Language-Rich Classroom: A Research-Based Framework for Teaching English Language Learners
The Language-Rich Classroom: A Research-Based Framework for Teaching English Language Learners
By: Pérsida Himmele, William Himmele
Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
(2009)

Product Description: In this book, educators and consultants Pérsida and William Himmele present a five-part, research-based framework that teachers can use to help ELLs, as well as other students, attain greater language skills and deeper content comprehension. This field-tested framework includes diagnostic tools, comprehensive overviews on second-language acquisition, and teaching techniques to boost language learning in any classroom. Teachers will also find more than 25 classroom and team-building activities and specific tips about how these activities benefit ELLs.

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