Monday, August 30, 2010

Change the world

Because we can change the world: A practical guide to building cooperative, inclusive classroom communities is a helpful guide for teachers or anyone who is interested in building school communities full of tolerance, acceptance, and social justice. This book discusses barriers to creating cooperative classrooms, including bullying, and how they can be overcome. It also suggests activities, songs, and literature to help in the process.

This second edition includes updated resources, an emphasis on differentiated instruction, and sections called "Reframing Our Work" to help teachers see how attitudes in the classroom can be changed--beginning with the teacher's.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

RTI for diverse learners

Need help with implementing Response to Intervention with students from culturally diverse backgrounds? In her book, RTI for diverse learners: More than 200 instructional interventions, Catherine Collier addresses issues around culturally and linguistically diverse students who seem to have disabilities. Effectively utilizing the strategies Collier offers, schools can identify and respond to the needs of these students.

Interested? Email us at, or use to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

RTI models

Looking to contribute to RTI curriculum implementation teams? Need to be able to describe connections between RTI and special education decisions? Then pick up Response to intervention models: Curricular implications and interventions. Learn how to apply student progress data in order to adjust in the curriculum and how to successfully deliver high-quality core instruction to all students in the classroom.

Interested? Email us! Or try to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

RTI and secondary schools

Need information about Response to Intervention in secondary schools? Want the latest research and current best practices? Looking to make RTI a success for teenage students? Check out How RTI works in secondary schools. Find out how to proactively implement RTI with real-world examples, visuals, and lists of resources. The book also provides real-world examples and instructional strategies for Grades 6–12

Interested? Email us! Or try to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What every school leader needs to know about RTI

Margaret Searle explores Response To Intervention in her book, What every school leader needs to know about RTI. This book is an essential guide for school leaders who want to support, focus, and sustain their RTI goals. Searle tackles some of the tough questions teachers ask about RTI, such as
* Where do I find high-quality research-based interventions?
* How is RTI different from what we've tried before?
* How can we make this whole thing work without going crazy?

Interested? Email us. Not an Indiana resident? Try to find this book in a library near you.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Different learners

In her book, "Different learners: Identifying, preventing, and treating your child's learning problems," author Jane M. Healy, Ph.D. offers hope for parents struggling with a child with learning disabilities. Healy breaks her book out into three parts: Brain Crisis, Your Unique Child, and Childhood and the Twenty-First Century, and then ends with a wealth of knowledge and resources in the appendices.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

The everything parent's guide to ADHD in children

Got a child with ADHD? Feeling a bit overwhelmed with the issues involved with the disorder? Here to help is author Carole Jacobs with a second edition of the book The everything parent's guide to ADHD in children: A reassuring guide to getting the right diagnosis, understanding treatments, and helping your child to focus. Jacobs takes an all-encompassing look at ADHD in order to help a parent understand the diagnosis, find the right treatment, help a child focus at home and at school, and more!

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

DSPs to DC

Direct support professionals are invited to join others in Washington, DC, on September 13th and 14th for the DSPs to DC conference. This conference, sponsored by American Network of Community Options and Resources, is designed specifically for DSPs. Topics such as, Hill Briefing: Developing a DSP Workforce, What Makes a Professional and Community Supports and Skills Standards will be offered.

Registration and Requirements

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Conference focusing on rural America

The National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health (TA Center) is hosting a conference:
Practical Strategies to Address the Behavioral Health Needs of Children and Families in Rural America

September 21-23, 2010

Renaissance Glendale Hotel, Glendale, AZ

Find out what health care reform means to your rural communities. Learn more about how to implement effective strategies and policies that will benefit children and families in your rural community, including:
• Trends in rural behavioral health
• Innovations in Technology
• Partnerships for Healthy Rural Communities

For more information, go to:

Monday, August 16, 2010

Driver Evaluation and Training Program

Did you know that Easter Seals Cross Roads not only offers training to previous drivers requiring modifications to drive, but new drivers as well? Not only do they offer trainings, they also provide evaluations to for people with disabilities to assess their clients potential to drive. For more information, visit their website.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Promising news for treatment of Fragile X

According to an article in Science Daily, a class of drugs may help improve learning and cognition in people with Fragile X Syndrome. "The researchers have found that a class of drugs called phosphoinositide-3 (PI3) kinase inhibitors can correct defects in the anatomy of neurons seen in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome. The drugs can potentially restore normal appearance and levels of protein production at synapses, the junctions between cells where chemical communication occurs, resulting in improved learning and cognition.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

professional development events

Need to find a professional development event? CeDIR has recently updated the Training Events calendar on our website. The calendar includes disability-related training events across the nation, and occasionally across the world! Also included are webinars that are not date specific. These are found at the top of the page. The rest of the events are ordered by date.

Check it out at:

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Solution-focused RTI

Using a "solution-focused" method, which emphasizes a person's strengths rather than weaknesses, the book Solution-focused RTI: A positive and personalized approach to response to intervention offers an effective approach to Response-to-Intervention. This book provides the foundation of the solution-focused approach and offers guidelines, interventions, and implementation suggestions for a three-tiered Response-to-Intervention process.

Indiana residents can email us to check it out. Or use to find it in a library near you.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Beyond Differentiated Instruction

School is right around the corner for some, for others it's already in session. Now, for extra help with their diverse student populations, teachers can check out Beyond Differentiated Instruction by Jodi O'Meara. It's a wonderful resource to help ensure that all students are doing their job--learning! With tips, tricks, and strategies, this book will guide teachers through the ten steps of implementing differentiated instruction.

Want to check it out? Email us at Or check to find it in a library near you.

Friday, August 6, 2010

An overview of prekindergarten policy in the United States

The promise of pre-K is a collection of essays on America's pre-kindergarten movement from papers originally presented at the National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education first Annual Leadership Symposium in February 2007. Early childhood professionals will find this book helpful in developing high-quality pre-K programs that really improves outcomes for children. From program funding, to adherence to early learning standards, to assessment of both children and program quality, this book has it all. It's an essential resource for policy makers, researchers, and teacher educators.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Seizures & you

From the Epilepsy Foundation of America comes a disability awareness training kit called Seizures & you: Take charge of the facts: An epilepsy awareness program for teens. The kit includes everything you need to conduct a training: a facilitator's guide, slide printouts with presenter notes; matching worksheet; epilepsy fact sheet; student quiz, "Building on take charge of the facts" which is a guide for extending learning and deepening awareness about epilepsy. It also comes with a CD-ROM which includes a PowerPoint presentation, epilepsy fact sheet, matching worksheet and student quiz.

Eight quick read booklets round out the kit: Children & seizures, Driving & you, Questions & answers, Seizures & first aid, Seizures & safety, Seizures & sleep, Treatment & you, True or false? along with two quick guides: First aid for seizures; Recognise common symptoms of seizures.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

In a single bound

In a single bound: Losing my leg, finding myself, and training for life is a frank, compelling account of a young girl's life after having one leg amputated due to a birth defect. At age twelve, Sarah Reinertsen meets a marathon runner, also with an amputation, and learns that dreams can come true despite the many obstacles that might present themselves. Sarah then takes us on her journey as an award-winning runner and a reality-TV star as she hits the hurdles and sails over them. She also shares intimacies about her family life and insecurities about love.

Interested? Contact us. Or try to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Behavior solutions for the inclusive classroom

Behavior solutions for the inclusive classroom is a handy reference guide to finding quick, effective solutions for unwanted behaviors in the classroom. Just like the cover says, when you see a behavior that is disruptive or otherwise unwanted, look it up in the table of contents and then flip to that page to see suggestions on how to re-focus a child's attention to the task at hand. This guide is great for teachers, paraprofessionals, and even parents.

To check out this title, email us! Or use to find it in a library near you.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Routines-based early intervention

Looking for tools to help with family-centered intervention in natural environments? Try Routines-based early intervention: Supporting young children and their families. This book is a definitive guide to this highly respected, theoretically sound model. It provides a detailed framework for early intervention that addresses families' individual needs and helps children participate in daily routines. It also gives professionals more than 25 photocopiable checklists and other tools.

Email us if you're interested in checking out this title. Or try to find it in a library near you.