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Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning
By: Council for Exceptional Children

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) offers education professionals a conceptual framework to create flexible, equitable, and accessible instructional techniques that accommodate individual learning differences in a classroom setting.

Unlocking Literacy
Unlocking Literacy
By: Marcia K. Henry

This innovative book provides general and special educators with teaching strategies to help students from pre-kindergarten to middle school learn to read and spell accurately by integrating two important, interlocking skills: decoding and spelling. The book is filled with classroom activities, lesson plans, samples of students' work, and extensive word lists organized by students' age and ability levels. Unlock literacy by expanding literacy skills and knowledge, boosting early literacy and language development, beginning formal reading and writing instruction, and deepening students' proficiency with language! The decoding model has been found to be effective for students with or without learning disabilities and English language learners.

Unrooted Childhoods: Memoirs of Growing Up Global
Unrooted Childhoods: Memoirs of Growing Up Global
By: Faith Eidse , Nina Sichel
Nicholas Brealey
(2003)

Product Description: A fusion of voices and deeply personal experiences from every corner of the globe, Unrooted Childhoods: Memoirs of Growing Up Global presents a cultural mosaic of today's citizens of the world. Twenty stirring memoirs of childhoods spent packing, written by both world-famous and first-time authors, make the story of growing up displaced feel universal. Contributors include best-selling fiction and non-fiction authors Isabel Allende, Carlos Fuentes, Pat Conroy, Pico Iyer and Ariel Dorfman.

Using Technology to Engage Students With Learning Disabilities
Using Technology to Engage Students With Learning Disabilities
By: Billy Krakower, Sharon LePage Plante

Harness the power of today's technology to improve learning and engagement for students with learning disabilities. By engaging students with learning disabilities using the technology already at your fingertips, you’ll see your students begin to thrive and grow in exciting new ways.

Using the Language Experience Approach With English Language Learners: Strategies for Engaging Students and Developing Literacy
Using the Language Experience Approach With English Language Learners: Strategies for Engaging Students and Developing Literacy
By: Denise D. Nessel, Carol N. Dixon
Corwin Press
(2008)

Based on their experience and success in using the Language Experience Approach (LEA) with English language learners, authors Nessel and Dixon provide K-12 educators with a helpful guide on how to implement LEA in their own classrooms. The authors begin with an overview of the approach and why they believe it is so effective with ELLs. They then offer strategies to use with students of varying proficiency and confidence levels, as well as targeted strategies for using LEA in both reading and writing instruction. The authors conclude with a series of lessons and examples that show how to use LEA to integrate reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities in the classroom.

Vocabulary Games for the Classroom
Vocabulary Games for the Classroom
By: Lindsay Carleton, Robert J. Marzano
Marzano Research Laboratory
(2010)

Vocabulary Games for the Classroom is a collection of games for teachers to play with their students to help them gain a better grasp of the finer words in the English language. With plenty of example activities for any primary or secondary school grade level, terms for different subjects, questions, and how to emphasize the importance of vocabulary, Vocabulary Games for the Classroom is a strong pick and solidly recommended read for any language teacher. — Midwest Book Review

Vocabulary Their Way: Word Study with Middle and Secondary Students
Vocabulary Their Way: Word Study with Middle and Secondary Students
By: Shane Templeton, Francine Johnston , Donald R. Bear , M.A. Invernizzi
Prentice Hall
(2009)

Product Description: The author team that developed the research-rooted word study phenomenon Words Their Way turn their attention to the same kind of hands on, research based approach to developing vocabulary with students in intermediate, middle, and secondary grades. The text offers research-tested ideas for helping students use word patterns to puzzle out meaning to content area vocabulary. It also provides much needed assessment information to help teachers gauge where to begin instruction, as well as hands on opportunities for teachers to keep student attention and interest as they build vocabulary.

Voices From Fatherhood: Fathers Sons & ADHD
Voices From Fatherhood: Fathers Sons & ADHD
By: Patrick J. Kilcarr

Voices from Fatherhood is unique in focusing on fathers' concerns in parenting their ADHD sons. It offers fathers support and encouragement and specific management techniques. In summary, this is a book that everyone — fathers, mothers, educators, and mental health professionals — will find useful in helping to understand the dynamics of modern day father-son relationships.

Ways with Words : Language, Life and Work in Communities and Classrooms
Ways with Words : Language, Life and Work in Communities and Classrooms
By: Shirley Heath
Cambridge University Press; New Ed edition
(1983)

Ways with Words is a classic study of children learning to use language at home and at school in two communities only a few miles apart in the south-eastern United States. In tracing the children's language development the author shows the deep cultural differences between the two communities. Employing the combined skills of ethnographer, social historian, and teacher, the author raises fundamental questions about the nature of language development, the effects of literacy on oral language habits, and the sources of communication problems in schools and workplaces.

We Are Americans: Undocumented Students Pursuing the American Dream
We Are Americans: Undocumented Students Pursuing the American Dream
By: William Perez
Stylus Publishing
(2009)

"Perez, a developmental psychologist and professor in Southern California, plumbs the stories of students living with the constant threat of deportation for an answer to the question, 'What does it mean to be an American?' Raised in this country by parents who gained access illegally, the 16 high school, college and post-graduate students profiled here (standing in for 65,000 nationwide) have each embraced our language, culture and collective dream, but are denied pathways to success. Perez, who has worked at a variety of research institutions, including the RAND Corporation and the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research, makes a compelling argument for changing legislation on many fronts, including bottom line economics." — Publishers Weekly

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