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The Common Core Writing Book, K-5: Lessons for a Range of Tasks, Purposes, and Audiences
The Common Core Writing Book, K-5: Lessons for a Range of Tasks, Purposes, and Audiences
By: Gretchen Owocki
Heinemann
(2013)

Product Description: Owocki breaks the writing anchor standards into manageable chunks, emphasizing differentiation, engagement, and writing for authentic purposes. She offers a clear description of what each standard asks from students; instructional decision trees that connect assessment to planning; instructional strategies that gradually release responsibility to students; and suggestions for tailoring support to meet students' individual needs, including ELLs.

The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child
The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child
By: Lawrence M. Siegel

The Individualized Education Program, or IEP, determines the nuts and bolts of your child's special education. This includes the specific classroom set up, curricula, support services, and program and educational goals. Understanding every aspect of the IEP process will help you avoid surprises along the way. The Complete IEP Guide walks you step-by-step through the IEP process. The book provides all the instructions, suggestions, strategies, resources and forms you need to proceed from the beginning, when you first suspect a problem, to the end, when your child completes school.

The Creative Word Choice Journal for K-2
The Creative Word Choice Journal for K-2
By: Barbara Putnam Grantz
Really Good Stuff Publishing

Tired of reading student papers that describe things as "nice" or "good"? This workbook, highly recommended by educators, helps young students improve their vocabulary, grammar, and spelling. Filled with reproducible worksheets that offer alternative word choices for vague or overused terms, this book will not only help students understand these elements of good writing, but will support students as they produce their own descriptive texts.

The Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development Handbook: A Complete K-12 Reference Guide
The Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development Handbook: A Complete K-12 Reference Guide
By: Lynne T. Diaz-Rico , Kathryn Z. Weed
Allyn & Bacon
(2005)

Written specifically for the general classroom teacher, this guide shows the effects of cultural differences on learning and presents an appreciation for cultural diversity and learning styles. This text offers tips and resources for adapting instruction and encouraging cultural appreciation throughout the school.

The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners
The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners
By: Carol Ann Tomlinson

Drawing on nearly three decades of experience, author Carol Ann Tomlinson describes a way of thinking about teaching and learning that will change all aspects of how you approach students and your classroom. She looks to the latest research on learning, education, and change for the theoretical basis of differentiated instruction and why it's so important to today's children. Yet she offers much more than theory, filling the pages with real-life examples of teachers and students using-and benefitting from-differentiated instruction.

The Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English Learners
The Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English Learners
By: Debbie Zacarian , Judie Haynes
Corwin Press

English language learners who are new to U.S. schools face all kinds of challenges, as do the educators and schools serving them. Debbie Zacarian and Judie Haynes draw on their extensive experience to share an approach that can be used in identifying and meeting newcomer ELLs' needs, from evaluating prior academic experience to addressing social/emotional trouble that may result from trauma. The authors have included numerous tools for educators' professional development, including discussion and reflection charts, rubrics, sample forms, and vocabulary lists.

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.

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