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Educating Emergent Bilinguals: Policies, Programs, and Practices for English Language Learners
Educating Emergent Bilinguals: Policies, Programs, and Practices for English Language Learners
By: Ofelia García, Jo Anne Kleifgen

Expanding on a popular report supported by the Campaign for Educational Equity (Teachers College), this accessible guide compiles the most up-to-date research findings to demonstrate how ignoring children's bilingualism perpetuates inequities in their schooling. What makes this book truly useful is that it offers a thorough description of alternative practices that would transform our schools and students' futures, such as building on students' home languages and literacy practices in schools, curricular and pedagogical innovations, new approaches to parent and community engagement, and adoptive assessment tools.

Effective Schooling for English Language Learners: What Elementary Principals Should Know and Do
Effective Schooling for English Language Learners: What Elementary Principals Should Know and Do
By: Patricia Smiley, Trudy Salsberry
Eye On Education
(2007)

Product description: Organized around a series of "Critical Questions" and "Leadership Challenges," this book offers knowledge and expertise about the elementary principal's leadership role in: effective instructional strategies; student assessment; school climate; parent involvement; and other ways to improve the academic achievement of English Language learners. Note: This is book is out of print but used copies may be available online and excerpts are available through Google books.

Embracing the Monster: Overcoming the Challenges of Hidden Disabilities
Embracing the Monster: Overcoming the Challenges of Hidden Disabilities
By: Veronica Crawford, Larry B. Silver, M.D.

What is it like to live with disabilities no one can see? Readers will find out in this honest and gripping narrative of one woman's life with hidden disabilities — including learning disabilities, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. Yet this is more than just her story of battling adversity and coming out a winner. In each chapter, renowned psychiatrist Larry Silver, M.D., shares his insight into how Veronica's experiences — both positive and negative — influenced her academically and emotionally and how early diagnosis and intervention might have benefited her. These two compelling accounts give readers an appreciation for the difficulties and triumphs living with hidden disabilites can bring and an awareness of what can be done to help.

Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ
Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ
By: Daniel Goleman

Everyone knows that high IQ is no guarantee of success, happiness, or virtue, but until Emotional Intelligence, we could only guess why. Daniel Goleman's brilliant report from the frontiers of psychology and neuroscience offers startling new insight into our "two minds" — the rational and the emotional" — and how they together shape our destiny.

Encyclopedia of Special Education
Encyclopedia of Special Education
By: Cecil R. Reynolds (Editor), Elaine Fletcher-Janzen (Editor)

The Third Edition of the highly acclaimed Encyclopedia of Special Education has been thoroughly updated to include the latest information about new legislation and guidelines. In addition, this comprehensive resource features school psychology, neuropsychology, reviews of new tests and curricula that have been developed since publication of the second edition in 1999, and new biographies of important figures in special education. Unique in focus, the Encyclopedia of Special Education, Third Edition addresses issues of importance ranging from theory to practice and is a critical reference for researchers as well as those working in the special education field.

*This is a 3 volume set. Books can be purchased individually or as a set.

Ending the Homework Hassles
Ending the Homework Hassles
By: John K. Rosemond

A lot of parents struggle with the homework question. Children often think there is too much. Studies tell us though that our children do less homework than children in other countries. As new standards are implemented the homework problem becomes even more daunting. Homework can be a real struggle for students who find school difficult—especially for students with LD and/or ADHD. This guide offers basic strategies. In one sense this is nothing new. In another way, however, it makes the strategies concrete with step by step advice on how to solve the homework wars.

Engaging the Families of ELLs: Ideas, Resources, and Activities
Engaging the Families of ELLs: Ideas, Resources, and Activities
By: Renee Rubin, Michelle H. Abrego , John Sutterby
Eye on Education
(2012)

This practical and timely guide offers numerous tools for learning about ELL families and identifying needs as well as interests, expectations, and strengths that can provide a foundation for building a relationship with families. Each chapter includes detailed, step-by-step activities, discussion questions, and resources. Topics include school safety, conferences and open house events, communication, handling difficult situations with ELL families, and enlisting the support of families, volunteers, and community organizations to support student success.

English Language Learners at School: A Guide for Administrators
English Language Learners at School: A Guide for Administrators
By: Else V. Hamayan, Rebecca Freeman Field
Caslon, Inc.
(2006)

Written in a user-friendly question and answer format, this outstanding guide compiles a number of questions and concerns from administrators around the country and provides concise answers written by more than 50 leading ELL experts and researchers. Major themes include policy and accountability requirements, the school-community connection, language acquisition, program development and implementation, assessment, and advocacy. Strongly recommended for pre-service study groups, professional development activities, and professional learning communities.

English Language Learners at School: A Guide for Administrators
English Language Learners at School: A Guide for Administrators
By: Else V. Hamayan (Editor), Rebecca Freeman Field (Editor)
Caslon Publishing
(2006)

Accountability for English language learners is a critical issue for schools today. The number of identified ELLs in public schools grew 95% over the last decade, with more than 5 million school age ELLS identified. Administrators are demanding information about how they can ensure that the ELLs in their schools achieve. English Language Learners at School is a practical guide for administrators who must address this challenge now.

English Language Learners in American Classrooms: 101 Questions, 101 Answers
English Language Learners in American Classrooms: 101 Questions, 101 Answers
By: James Crawford, Stephen Krashen

With increasing numbers of ELLs posing unique challenges and opportunities for schools, the authors address educators' concerns in a concise and accessible way. The book provides a basic but comprehensive introduction that serves as a state-of-the-art guide to the field, using a straightforward Q&A format designed to focus sharply on the major issues, such as the research on effectiveness of various programs, and assessment and accountability for ELLs.

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