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Why Kids Can't Read: Challenging the Status Quo in Education
Why Kids Can't Read: Challenging the Status Quo in Education
By: Phyllis Blaunstein (Editor), G. Reid Lyon (Editor)
Rowman & Littlefield Education
(2006)

This book takes the reader step-by-step through an understanding of the research on reading and ways in which parents and educators can make a difference in the learning ability of every student in our nation's schools.

Why Our Children Can't Read And What We Can Do About It
Why Our Children Can't Read And What We Can Do About It
By: Diane McGuinness

In America today, 43 percent of our children fall below grade level in reading. In her meticulously researched and groundbreaking work, Diane McGuinness faults outmoded reading systems for this crisis — and provides the answers we need to give our children the reading skills they need. Drawing on twenty-five years of cutting-edge research, Dr. McGuinness presents bold new "phoneme awareness" programs that overcome the tremendous shortcomings of other systems by focusing on the crucial need to understand and hear reliably the sounds of a language before learning to read. Maintaining that any child can be taught to read fluently if given proper instruction, she dramatically reveals how dyslexia and behavior problems such as ADD stem not from neurological disorders but from flawed methods of reading instruction. With invaluable information on remedial reading programs that can correct various ineffective reading strategies, this book is a must for concerned parents, teachers, and others who want to make a difference.

Widening the Circle: The Power of Inclusive Classrooms
Widening the Circle: The Power of Inclusive Classrooms
By: Mara Sapon-Shevin

n opposition to traditional models of special education, where teachers decide when a child is deemed "ready to compete" in "mainstream" classes, Mara Sapon-Shevin articulates a vision of full inclusion as a practical and moral goal. Inclusion, she argues, begins not with the assumption that students have to earn their way into the classroom with their behavior or skills, it begins with the right of every child to be in the mainstream of education, perhaps with modifications, adaptations, and support. Full inclusion requires teachers to think about all aspects of their classrooms — pedagogy, curriculum, and classroom climate.

Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education
Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education
By: Jennifer de Leon
University of Nebraska Press
(2014)

Product Description: Wise Latinas, forthcoming in 2014, is a collection of personal essays addressing the varied landscape of the Latina experience in higher education. For some Latinas, college, where they are vastly underrepresented, is the first time they are immersed in American culture outside their homes — and where the values of two cultures often clash. Wise Latinas is in part a response to this widening gap. Featuring acclaimed writers such as Sandra Cisneros, Norma Cantú, and Julia Alvarez, to name a few, Wise Latinas shows that there is no one Latina college experience.

Word Matters : Teaching Phonics and Spelling in the Reading/Writing Classroom
Word Matters : Teaching Phonics and Spelling in the Reading/Writing Classroom
By: Gay Pinnell, Irene Fountas
Heinemann
(1998)

Word Matters presents essential information on designing and implementing a high-quality, systematic literacy program to help children learn about letters, sounds, and words.

Words Their Way with English Learners: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling (2nd Ed.)
Words Their Way with English Learners: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling (2nd Ed.)
By: Lori Helman, Donald R. Bear , Shane Templeton , M.A. Invernizzi , Francine Johnston
Prentice Hall
(2011)

This second edition includes all of the teacher-friendly resources of the first edition, with the added bonus of an extensive media component featuring multiple videos, ready-made word sorts, and a "create-your-own word sorts" tool. Another highlight is the inclusion of a new chapter addressing the most advanced level of word study, Derivational Relations, which will allow teachers to design word study lessons for students at upper elementary through high school levels.

Words Their Way with English Learners: Word Study for Spelling, Phonics, and Vocabulary Instruction.
Words Their Way with English Learners: Word Study for Spelling, Phonics, and Vocabulary Instruction.
By: Donald R. Bear, Shane Templeton , Marcia Invernizzi , Francine Johnston
Pearson Education
(2006)

One reality of today’s classrooms is the limited help available to teachers trying to support English learners’ literacy skills. This text follows the framework of the original Words Their Way program and applies the same principles to English language learners. Using this text, teachers determine what each student brings with them from their home languages, where their instruction in English orthography should begin, and how best to move each student through development.

Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction
Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction
By: Donald R. Bear, Marcia Invernizzi , Shane Templeton , Francine Johnston (Editor)
Prentice Hall; 2 edition
(1999)

With more than 15 years of extensive observations and experiences in real classrooms, the authors bring keen insight to this activity-based book. They advocate basing student learning on the appropriate developmental level. This philosophy is supported with more than 250 ready-to-use word study, spelling, vocabulary, and phonics activities presented in developmental sequence, from the Emergent through the Derivational Relation stage.

Working with English Language Learners, Second Edition: Answers to Teachers' Top Ten Questions
Working with English Language Learners, Second Edition: Answers to Teachers' Top Ten Questions
By: Stephen Cary
Heinemann
(2007)

In this engaging and user-friendly guide, Stephen Cary responds to teachers' ten most frequent questions about English language learners with essential information, ready-to-use ideas, and helpful new professional development supports such as classroom stories, reflection activities, and discussion questions.

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy
Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy
By: Peter W. D. Wright, Pamela Darr Wright

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, second edition will teach you how to plan, prepare, organize and get quality special education services. In this comprehensive, easy-to-read book, you will learn your child's disability and educational needs, how to create a simple method for organizing your child’s file and devising a master plan for your child's special education. You will understand parent-school conflict, how to create paper trails and effective letter writing. This book includes dozens of worksheets, forms and sample letters that you can tailor to your needs

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