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Building a Foundation for PreSchool Literacy
Building a Foundation for PreSchool Literacy
By: Carol Vukelich, James Christie
International Reading Association

Product Description: The second edition of this book presents the core content and best practice strategies needed to provide preschoolers with effective early literacy instruction. Each chapter explains why the instructional strategies should be used and offers illustrations on how the strategies have been used in early childhood classrooms by outstanding teachers of language and literacy. Topics include phonological awareness, creating a print-rich environment, planning an effective daily schedule, storybook read-alouds, professional development, and assessment.

Building Academic Language: Essential Practices for Content Classrooms, Grades 5-12
Building Academic Language: Essential Practices for Content Classrooms, Grades 5-12
By: Jeff Zwiers
Jossey-Bass
(2007)

Product Description: Jeff Zwiers explains the functions and features of academic language that every teacher (language arts, history, math, & science teachers, etc.) should know for supporting academic reading, writing, and discussion. Major topics and themes include how language-building activities (discussions, small groups, etc.) can support content understanding; how we can build on students' diverse ways of understanding, learning, and communicating about the world; and how we can more effectively model and scaffold academic language in our teaching and assessment.

Building Academic Vocabulary: Teacher's Manual
Building Academic Vocabulary: Teacher's Manual
By: Robert J. Marzano, Debra J. Pickering
ASCD
(2005)

Product Description: Using the manual's list of 7,923 terms, school and district teams can choose the most important vocabulary terms they want to teach to all students. All vocabulary terms are extracted from national standards documents, across 11 subject areas, and are organized into four grade-level intervals: K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12. Included in the manual are all the tips and guidelines teachers need to implement this approach. Student notebook also available.

Building Parent Engagement in Schools
Building Parent Engagement in Schools
By: Larry Ferlazzo, Lorie Hammond
Linworth
(2009)

This book offers a different way of thinking about parent outreach, particularly in schools with high minority and/or ELL populations. The authors argue for "engagement" as opposed to "involvement," in which parents become leaders, active participants, and stakeholders in the school community. They suggest that this approach can in fact energize the school staff and families and profile a number of successful efforts including home visits, family literacy programs, community gardens, and community organizing.

Building Your Baby's Brain: A Parent's Guide to the First Five Years
Building Your Baby's Brain: A Parent's Guide to the First Five Years
By: Diane Dodge, Cate Heroman
Delmar Thomson Learning; Prepack edition
(1999)

It seems every day research gives us new information on how a baby's brain grows. This clearly written booklet on brain development explains what scientists know about it and shows how a few simple things adults do each day can help forge the connections in a child's brain. Includes sections on vision, hearing, touch, and feelings. Filled with helpful charts and illustrations.

Childhood Speech, Language & Listening Problems: What Every Parent Should Know
Childhood Speech, Language & Listening Problems: What Every Parent Should Know
By: Patricia McAleer Hamaguchi

Designed for parents who suspect their child may have some type of communication problem. Explains what is considered 'normal' for a child's development then describes symptoms of various common disorders. Demonstrates how to distinguish between a problem that will probably be outgrown, from one that requires outside help. Also explains how to get help, what tests are likely to be done and how to understand the diagnosis. Includes activities parents can do with their children at home to help them progress.

Children's Minds
Children's Minds
By: Margaret Donaldson

This book presents an argument promoting learning language through a combined Chomsky/Piagetian perspective. This book is a classic among developmental psychologists.

Choosing Books for Children: A Commonsense Guide
Choosing Books for Children: A Commonsense Guide
By: Betsy Hearne, Deborah Stevenson
University of Illinois Press
(2000)

This revised and updated third edition of Betsy Hearne's classic guide stands as the lodestar for navigating through the bewildering array of books for young readers. Hearne surveys everything from picture books, pop-up books, classics, and books for beginning readers to young adult titles, poetry, folktales, and factual books, with an annotated list of recommended titles accompanying each chapter. A gold mine of common sense and sound advice, her guide remains an indispensable tool for choosing books for children of all ages.

Choosing Outcomes and Accommodations for Children
Choosing Outcomes and Accommodations for Children
By: Michael F. Giangreco, Chigee J. Cloninger , Virginia Salce Iverson

This updated format makes COACH easier to use; it features redesigned forms; more detailed explanations; explicit instructions on "purpose," "directions," "materials needed," and "helpful hints" for each step; and tabs and icons that make information easy to find. Using the established and field-tested methods of COACH, special and general educators, related services providers, and school administrators can collaborate with families and work toward developing a meaningful IEP for each student.

City Kids, City Schools: More Reports from the Front Row
City Kids, City Schools: More Reports from the Front Row
By: Pedro Noguera (Editor), William Ayers (Editor), Gloria Ladson-Billings (Editor), Gregory Michie (Editor)
The New Press
(2008)

Product Description: A contemporary companion to City Kids, City Teachers: Reports from the Front Row, this new and timely collection has been compiled by four of the country's most prominent urban educators. Contributors including Sandra Cisneros, Jonathan Kozol, Sapphire, and Patricia J. Williams provide some of the best writing on life in city schools and neighborhoods. Young people and practicing teachers, poets and scholars, social critics and journalists offer unique takes on topics ranging from culturally relevant teaching and scripted curricula to the criminalization of youth, gentrification, and the inequities of school funding.

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