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Creating a College Culture for Latino Students: Successful Programs, Practices, and Strategies
Creating a College Culture for Latino Students: Successful Programs, Practices, and Strategies
By: Concha Delgado Gaitan
Corwin Press
(2012)

Product Description: Concha Delgado Gaitan, an award-winning professor, scholar, and first-generation Latina college graduate, shares winning strategies for creating effective college-readiness programs for Latino students at the district and school level. You'll find guidance on creating a "college culture" in elementary, middle, and secondary schools, both within the classroom and throughout the building; working with families and community organizations to promote Latino students' school achievement and college goals; and best practices for coaching students for tutors, mentors, counselors, teachers, and administrators, including five essentials for college preparedness.

Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving from Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap
Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving from Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap
By: A. Wade Boykin, Pedro Noguera
Pearson/ASCD
(2013)

Product Description: After years of applying more pressure on schools to raise achievement levels for all students, particularly those who underperform their mainstream peers, the achievement gap today remains virtually unchanged. Two giants in the fields of education, psychology, and equity — A. Wade Boykin and Pedro Noguera — reveal bold truths about the achievement gap, including what is wrong with popular approaches to closing the achievement gap and why some school districts are making more progress than others in building the capacity of high-performance, high-poverty schools.

Creative Resources for the Anti-Bias Classroom
Creative Resources for the Anti-Bias Classroom
By: Nadia Saderman Hall
Wadsworth Publishing
(1998)

Product Description: This text on anti-bias activities integrates information about developmentally-based planning and child development that reflects the current diversities of our society. Activities are organized by developmental areas and by curriculum areas (e.g. math, language, social studies, science, art, music, etc.). A sequential Anti-Bias Developmental Overview chart summarizes all 300 activities as an illustration of skill progression from infancy to school age.

Day One & Beyond: Practical Matters for New Middle-Level Teachers
Day One & Beyond: Practical Matters for New Middle-Level Teachers
By: Rick Wormeli

The middle level years are an extraordinary period of our human development. The only other time we grow as much physically, emotionally, and intellectually is form ages zero to two. But early adolescence is much more than just tripping over large feet and calling friends on the phone to discuss who likes whom. The ways we deal with conflict, relationships, and personal development as adults have direct connections to specific experiences we had between the ages of ten and fourteen. We can create a very positive future then, when we provide careful and compassionate experiences for today's young adolescents.

Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder
Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder
By: Edward M. Hallowell, MD, John J. Ratey

In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. Widely recognized as the classic in the field, the book has sold more than a million copies. Now a second revolution is under way in the approach to ADD, and the news is great. Drug therapies, our understanding of the role of diet and exercise, even the way we define the disorder — all are changing radically. And doctors are realizing that millions of adults suffer from this condition, though the vast majority of them remain undiagnosed and untreated. In this new book, Drs. Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey build on the breakthroughs of Driven to Distraction to offer a comprehensive and entirely up-to-date guide to living a successful life with ADD.

Developing Recreation Skills in Persons with Learning Disabilities
Developing Recreation Skills in Persons with Learning Disabilities
By: Lorraine C. Peniston

This book is designed to help recreation leaders better understand individuals with learning disabilities in order that they may better implement quality leisure experiences. The book describes in detail characteristics of various learning disabilities; the instruments used to diagnose learning disabilities; self-awareness of a learning disabled in regard to learning, living, and leisure; the benefits of leisure to a learning disabled individual; and possible modifications needed in the delivery of recreation and leisure services to these individuals. Packed with helpful appendices and suggestions, it sheds new light on helping create quality leisure experiences for all individuals.

Diagnostic Teaching of Reading: Techniques for Instruction and Assessment (4th Edition)
Diagnostic Teaching of Reading: Techniques for Instruction and Assessment (4th Edition)
By: Barbara Walker
Prentice Hall
(1999)

This book provides a tool for teachers to understand various instructional frameworks underlying diagnostic teaching techniques. Presents new techniques for decoding and identifying words within a balanced framework. Highlights how diagnostic teaching assessments are conducted with beginning readers.

Differentiated Instructional Strategies: One Size Doesn't Fit All
Differentiated Instructional Strategies: One Size Doesn't Fit All
By: Gayle H. Gregory, Carolyn Chapman
Corwin Press
(2006)

This book provides readers with many strategies for working with a diverse classroom. Teachers will learn how to plan strategically to meet the needs of the wide variety of students in today’s highly diverse classroom. Presented in an easy-to-use format, practical techniques and processes are shared that can be used to plan and adjust learning based on pre-assessment of individual students’ knowledge, skills, experience, preferences, and needs.

Differentiating Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners: A Guide for K-12 Teachers
Differentiating Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners: A Guide for K-12 Teachers
By: Shelley Fairbairn, Stephaney Jones-Vo
Caslon Publishing
(2010)

Product Description: This comprehensive guide shows general education and ESL teachers how to differentiate instruction and assessment for the English language learners in their classes. The book provides concrete strategies that teachers can use in any content-area classroom to engage every ELL, from beginning to advanced levels of English language proficiency. The authors highlight how teachers can address critical differences between ELLs with a strong foundation in the first language and students with limited former schooling. The book is aligned with national and state English language proficiency standards and assessments.

Digital Decisions: Choosing the Right Technology Tools for Early Childhood Education
Digital Decisions: Choosing the Right Technology Tools for Early Childhood Education
By: Karen Nemeth, Fran Simon

Product Description: This no-nonsense, jargon-free guide will help you evaluate the tools and opportunities technology has to offer and integrate them into your early childhood classroom so you can offer real-life, hands-on, interactive activities to children. Digital Decisions is filled with charts, resources, and an array of activities that maximize technology as an interactive learning tool. Each chapter provides supporting guidance to make technology most effective for those working with children who are dual language learners or may have special needs.

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