Thursday, June 30, 2011

Classroom assessment

Looking for a little help with assessment results? Try Classroom Assessment for Students in Special and General Education. Using a variety of assessment procedures and directions on how to construct, administer, score, interpret, graph, monitor, write, and report assessment results, this book can help you gain the skills necessary to use assessment in understanding the needs of each student in general and special education classrooms.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Handbook of Reading Interventions

The Handbook of reading interventions is a comprehensive guide presenting evidence-based approaches for helping struggling readers and those at risk for literacy difficulties or delays. Interventions for word recognition, spelling, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing, along with examples and teaching scripts are included. Teachers of preschool and older readers, English language learners, and students with learning disabilities will find this book worth noting.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

An Introduction to Children with Language Disorders

An introduction to children with language disorders is lauded as an overview of the characteristics of language disorders in children paired with information on assessments and interventions. Broken out into three parts, this textbook presents the characteristics of common language disorders seen in children, discusses assessments for these disorders, and presents the most current information on language disorder intervention.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Mobile App Monday - Talkulator

For folks with low vision comes a mobile app that's a talking calculator with large buttons and is compatible with VoiceOver. This app also speaks the numbers in seven different languages--English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Dutch.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Building Your School's Capacity to Implement RTI

Building your school's capacity to implement RTI is a school administrator's guide to creating or expanding RTI school-wide. The book's many tools will help to systematically build your school's teams and processes for implementing RTI. Elements of this guide include:
  • forming a planning team
  • learning about and teaching staff the RTI components
  • determining roles and responsibilities
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching

Looking for help with becoming a better teacher? Try Explicit instruction: Effective and efficient teaching. This book offers advice and examples on how to deliver explicit instruction for a variety of content areas, skill sets, and strategies. Inside are sample lesson plans, lively examples, and reproducible checklists and teacher worksheets. Video clips demonstrating the approach in real classrooms can be downloaded from

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom

Now in its third edition, Multiple intelligences in the classroom offers information about the well-known seven intelligences--linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. It also offers, however, information on the eighth intelligence (the naturalist), a chapter on a possible ninth intelligence (the existential), and updated information and resources throughout. With dozens of practical tips, strategies, and examples from real schools and districts, this book could be a real asset to educators.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Show Me the Data!

Looking to develop simple methods of collecting data to help improve your students' learning? Pick up Show me the data! This manual is packed with a variety of data sheets. Easy instructions help not only teachers use the forms but parents as well. An accompanying CD offers the forms in a quick, printable format.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- First Then Visual Schedules

Do you provide behavior support to people who have different communication needs? First-Then Visual Schedule might be the app for you! Developed for use with individuals with communication needs, developmental delays, Autism or those who benefit from a structured environment; visual schedules serve to increase independence and lower anxiety during transitions during the day.

Visual schedules provide positive behavior support through the use of images that show daily events such as a morning routine or therapy schedule or steps needed to complete a specific activity.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Childhood Speech, Language, & Listening Problems

Got a child who needs help learning to talk, putting sentences together, following directions, or being understood? Check out the book, Childhood speech, language, & listening problems: What every parent should know. In this third edition, the author offers
  • A complete description of all major communication disorders: what to look for, how therapy would be carried out, and what you can do at home to help
  • Help with navigating the evaluation process, understanding report jargon, and acclimating to special education
  • Updated details about new interventions and cutting-edge research in the field
  • Expanded information about autism spectrum disorders, neurobiological disorders, and auditory processing disorders
  • A new chapter on social language skills, play concerns, and quirky behaviors
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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Research in Special Education

Research in special education: Designs, methods, and applications was written as a text and resource guide for graduate-level students, practitioners, and teachers in the fields of special education, disability studies, early intervention, school psychology, and child and family services, according to the product description. This book examines the role of scientific inquiry in contemporary special education.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

From Inclusion to Engagement

From the product description:

"From Inclusion to Engagement challenges the ideologically driven academic discourse that has come to dominate inclusive education by presenting research-based knowledge about what actually works.
  • Presents an innovative approach rooted in a biopsychosocial theoretical perspective – an approach that is still relatively misunderstood within the educational sphere
  • Offers insights based on an extensive review of contemporary international research in the field
  • Avoids the biases of ideology in favour of science-based social and educational outcomes
  • The first comprehensive account of evidence-based interventions for students with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties"
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Monday, June 13, 2011

Mobile App Monday - Math Magic

Math Magic is a fun app that anyone who is learning math can enjoy. It uses vibrant colors, a reward system of stars, and multiple choice answers to encourage young children to learn. Even tapping the wrong answer gets a voice that expresses appreciation for trying.

This app can help children with disabilities by keeping their interest with bright colors and encouragement. And for those children who respond to rewards, after every five correct answers, a star is earned.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Indiana's first Boundless Playground opens today in Fort Wayne!

What is a Boundless Playground? Simply put, it's a playground without boundaries--open and accessible to kids of all abilities.

Taylor's Dream Boundless Playground is named for an 11-year-old girl who took the idea of a Boundless Playground to the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Taylor's Dream honors Taylor Reuille and her many friends who have raised funds and worked with Fort Wayne's Parks & Recreation Department to plan this playground. The 42,000 square-foot playground opens today!

See the pictures and read more about it at Fort Wayne's Parks & Rec website:

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom

Looking for a book on differentiated classrooms? Here's one that may interest you: Leading and managing a differentiated classroom, by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Marcia B. Imbeau. This book is written in two parts. The first part is on how to effectively lead a differentiated classroom. The second part is on the mechanics of managing a differentiated classroom. A toolkit of activities and teaching strategies is included to help teachers expand their capacity for differentiation.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Models for Implementing RTI

Want more information on implementing RTI? Models for Implementing Response to Intervention is a quick look at three RTI models done in four different school districts. See the process of implementation and its impact on the schools--what worked and what didn't work. Included are reproducible tools that can be downloaded and printed out.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Teaching Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities

From the product description:

Teaching students with moderate and severe disabilities " unique in its emphasis on fostering academic learning as well as life skills. In-depth chapters cover reading, mathematics, science, and social studies, as well as health care needs, communication and social skills, daily living, and job skills. The expert authors present research-based best practices for assessing each student's needs and crafting individualized education plans that build a strong foundation for life in the community. User-friendly features include engaging vignettes, sample lesson plans, and reproducible checklists and forms. The text is a contemporary follow-up to Diane M. Browder's widely adopted Curriculum and Assessment for Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities."

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Mobile App Monday - MyVoice

Looking for a smart yet simple communication aid? With features such as location-awareness, downloadable phrase books and wireless customization from any web browser, this mobile app may be what you're looking for. MyVoice offers to help anyone who has a language or speech difficulty, including:

‣ Autism spectrum
‣ Aphasia (stroke, TBI, brain cancer)
‣ Apraxia
‣ Other cognitive and neurological differences

Want to learn more? Visit the website at:

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Inclusive Housing

Interested in architecture? Want to design accessible homes? Inclusive house: A pattern book might just be what you're looking for. Architecture students and community planners alike will find this book valuable with topics from designing communities that accommodate people with disabilities to designing to reduce urban sprawl. Explores accessibility features in different types of neighborhoods and housing forms.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New in the Library

Hello, June! What's new? Warmer weather is one, for sure! But if you're wondering what's new in the library, hop on over to CeDIR's What's New page at Once a month, we update this page with new items we received during the previous month, from books on Autism spectrum disorders, to Down syndrome, to Education, and more!