Thursday, September 29, 2011

Closed tomorrow

A chill is in the air; pumpkins everywhere...

Okay, but what does that mean for CeDIR?

It means that we will be closed tomorrow for a staff training that takes place each year at about this time. But don't think that means you can't still request library materials! Send us an email at with your requests or leave us a message on chat. We'll be sure to get back in touch with you on Monday.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Formative Assessment Action Plan

The formative assessment action plan: Practical steps to more successful teaching and learning offers real-life scenarios showing you how to implement the four steps in formative assessment in your classroom. These four steps:

  • Where am I going?
  • Where am I now?
  • How am I doing?
  • Where am I going next?

help you get the most out of your assessment data in order to adjust your classroom or individual instruction in a more beneficial way.

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

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

On Your Own

Got a teen who is interested in attending college? On your own: A college readiness guide for teens with ADHD/LD can help them understand the difference between high school and college and how to prepare for the challenges that those entering higher education can face. Ways to solve problems, make decisions, increase communication, and more can be found in this easy to read book.

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

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- Touch Mouse

Looking for some assistive technology? How about a mobile app to help operate a computer? Do you use your TV as your monitor? Touch Mouse operates through your home's wi-fi system, so you can browse, type, and mouse all with your mobile phone.

For more information, visit:

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sensory Interventions

Looking for sensory-based interventions? Want something for use by educators, occupational therapists and parents alike? A buffet of sensory interventions is a practical and well-researched tool that focuses on middle and high school students, whose sensory needs are often overlooked. The book also explains sensory integration basics, describes the sensory systems and their dysfunction and helps develop daily educational interventions through assessment of sensory needs.

Check out this title by emailing us at Or use to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Optimistic Parenting

Want to:

  • pinpoint the why behind your child's challenging behavior?
  • understand how your thoughts affect interactions with your challenging child?
  • interrupt negative thoughts and replacing them with positive, productive ones?
  • increase mindfulness and parenting in the moment?

Learn about all of this and more with Optimistic parenting: Hope and help for you and your challenging child. Practical tools, strategies, and exercises, along with stories of experience will help the struggling parent develop more positive thoughts and perceptions--key ingredients of successful parenting and effective behavior management.

Check out this title by sending us an email at Or try to find it in a library near you.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A History of Intelligence and "Intellectual Disability"

From the product description:

"From the twelfth-century beginnings of European social administration to the onset of formal human science disciplines in the modern era, "A History of Intelligence and 'Intellectual Disability': The shaping of psychology in early modern Europe" by C. F. Goodey, reconstructs the sociopolitical and religious contexts of intellectual ability and disability and demonstrates how these concepts became part of psychology, medicine and biology. Goodey examines a wide array of classical, late medieval and Renaissance texts, from popular guides on conduct and behavior to medical treatises and from religious and philosophical works to poetry and drama. Focusing especially on the period between the Protestant Reformation and 1700, Goodey challenges the accepted wisdom that would have us believe that 'intelligence' and 'disability' describe natural, trans-historical realities. Instead, Goodey argues for a model that views intellectual disability and indeed the intellectually disabled person as temporary cultural creations."

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

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- Behavior Journal

Looking for an app to help track behaviors? Behavior Journal will let you record your data, sync to an internet portal, and create detailed reports. Track each behavioral episode, customize behavioral parameters, analyze data to recognize patterns, and more! You can even email reports to yourself.

Want to know more? Visit

Friday, September 16, 2011

Don't Erase Your Dreams

Joe Cooper couldn't read, write or spell until he was 38 years old. Don't erase your dreams is the story of how he struggled with illiteracy, dyslexia and years of frustration and discrimination. Cooper, who left home at the age of 15 to live on the streets, in vacant cars, and on friends' couches, was taken advantage of by many people throughout the years because of his illiteracy. His continuing pursuit of a formal education makes his story is an inspirational one for those who also struggle with education.

Feeling inspired? Check out this title by sending us an email at Or use to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Formative Assessment Action Plan

From the product description:

"Join Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher as they outline a clear-cut, realistic, and rewarding approach to formative assessment. They explain how four discrete steps work in tandem to create a seamless, comprehensive formative assessment system one that has no beginning and no end. This ongoing approach enhances an active give-and-take relationship between teachers and students to promote learning...

No matter what grade level you teach, The Formative Assessment Action Plan will help you make better use of assessment data so you can more quickly adjust instruction to keep every student on the path to success."

Check out this title by emailing us at Or try to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Technology for all

A report released last May from the United Nations states that "ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all States" and suggests that "[e]ach State should thus develop a concrete  and effective policy, in consultation with individuals from all sections of society, including the private sector and  relevant Government ministries, to make the Internet widely available, accessible and affordable to all segments of population." Read the entire report, at

Comcast, a broadband service provider, is offering a program called "Internet Essentials" to low income families. For a low monthly payment, Comcast delivers high-speed broadband service to the home. They also offer a computer at a significantly reduced price at the initial enrollment in addition to free training--online, in print, and in person. Learn more about this program at

Monday, September 12, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- Model Me Going Places

Interested in an app that helps children learn appropriate behaviors when going out in the community? Try this free app: Model Me Going Places. Developed by the folks who produced the Model Me Kids DVDs, this high-quality app has six locations for children to explore and practice appropriate behaviors:
- Hairdresser
- Mall
- Doctor
- Playground
- Grocery Store
- Restaurant

To learn more about this app, visit:

Friday, September 9, 2011

Differentiating Science Instruction and Assessment

Looking for help teaching all kids the wonders of science? Differentiating science instruction and assessment for learners with special needs, K-8 may be able to help. This book includes step-by-step instructions for using rubrics for revising and assessing activities, strategies and accommodations for those students who find science more challenging, and case histories and checklists for teachers.

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

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Disability Rights Movement

Looking for a text on the history of the disability rights movement? Beginning with Franklin Roosevelt's time to today, authors Doris Fleischer and Frieda Zames look at the history of the movement from a research study perspective in their book, The disability rights movement: From charity to confrontation. This history is told through many first-hand accounts and descriptions of those who were there. One reviewer claims the book is " excellent primer on a wide variety of current disability issues..."

To check out this title, email us at Or use to find the book in a library near you.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wondering what new titles we have received in the library? Well, wonder no more! CeDIR's "What's New" page has been updated to include all of the new titles we received last month--from Autism Spectrum Disorders to Universal Design.

To see the full listing, visit: