Friday, August 5, 2011

Rebuilding the Foundation

From the product description:
Rebuilding the foundation: Effective reading instruction for 21st Century literacy is not a prescription for designing reading programs. Rather, it leads its readers to engage in a deeper and more thoughtful professional conversation about what is meant by effective reading instruction for all students. The contributors examine how reading instruction is conceptualized and what must be done to make it work for all students. Hence, this book is less about building onto or altering existing models of reading education and more about how reading educators and policymakers might think about rebuilding and reconceptualizing, perhaps from the ground up, what it means to provide effective instruction in reading to all students at all levels.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units

Looking for help with the basic concepts and elements of Understanding by Design (UbD)? Try The understanding by design guide to creating high-quality units. Intended for K-16 educators, this book looks at ways to create curriculum units and assessments that focus on developing students' understanding of important ideas. It is useful for:
  • Those who have already received some training in UbD and want to continue that training
  • Those who've read Understanding by Design and want to design curriculum units but have no access to formal training
  • Graduate and undergraduate students in university curriculum courses
  • School and district administrators, curriculum directors, and others who facilitate UbD work with staff
Downloadable resources include the UbD template set up as a fillable PDF form, additional worksheets, examples, and FAQs.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Special Needs and Early Years

From the product description:
Now in its third edition, Special needs and early years: A practitioner's guide is a respected and influential textbook. This book is essential reading for early years students and practitioners, and for all those working with young children with special educational needs and their families.

New to this edition are up-to-date information on all the relevant policies and legislation, including the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Every Child Matters (ECM) and the training guidelines for new SENCOs; a timeline showing the development of policies and legislation in the field; learning objectives at the beginning of chapters; points for reflection, to aid independent study and facilitate critical thinking; new case studies, covering the Birth to 8 age range; new content on the role of fathers, pupil voice and listening to children, taking an holistic view of the child, and current issues around diversity and inclusion.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Essentials of Specific Learning Disability Identification

Looking for an overview of the definitions and methods for identifying specific learning disabilities (SLDs)? Essentials of Specific Learning Disability Identification focuses on describing the manifestations of SLDs in the areas of reading, writing, math, oral expression, and listening comprehension. It features contributions by leading experts in the field, including Virginia Berninger, Steven Feifer, Jack Fletcher, Nancy Mather, Jack Naglieri, and more.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- Articulate it!

Got a child with speech delays? Articulate it! may be able to help. This app is designed to help parents and therapists work with children on improving their speech by recording the child's pronunciation of words. Comparing their own pronunciation of words to the app's audio recording allows children to hear the differences and correct their speech. The app also gives users the ability to track multiple students with separate goals.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

The SAGE handbook of developmental disorders

Looking for a reference on developmental disabilities? The SAGE Handbook of Developmental Disorders, written by both academic scholars and clinicians, explores how current research can help improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Enormous changes have taken place over the years in our knowledge and understanding of developmental disabilities, and this book speaks to those changes. It is written for academics, researchers, clinicians and advanced students, including those in clinical psychology, child psychiatry, child mental health, child genetics and pediatrics, speech language pathology, and developmental disabilities and special education.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Writing Strategies for All Primary Students

Looking for a guide for teaching all your students the skills they need to be successful writers? Writing strategies for all primary students: Scaffolding independent writing with differentiated mini-lessons provides 25 mini-lessons designed to develop students’ writing behaviors and abilities. Use these writing strategies for all primary students: emergent, advanced, English Language Learners, and struggling writers.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Partnership working to support special educational needs and disabilities

Supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in partnership with students, parents, other professionals and the wider community is more vital than ever. As more children are being diagnosed with additional needs, those working with them need to ensure that every child is given the maximum opportunity to develop to their full potential. Partnership Working to Support Special Educational Needs & Disabilities looks at what is possible in this exciting new world, and how some teachers are putting into practice the best principles of multi-agency working.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

40 Active Learning Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom

40 active learning strategies for the inclusive classroom, grades K-5 is full of tips and ideas to assist the elementary school teacher who has an inclusive classroom. It connects research and application with helpful strategies that work for today’s inclusive classroom.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Indiana Postsecondary Education Coalition

Wondering if your child should go to college? Nationwide, people with disabilities are finding more and more opportunities to fulfill their dreams of attending college courses with their peers.

In Indiana, choices are limited, but through the efforts of the Indiana Postsecondary Education Coalition, the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education "to address systemic issues in Indiana as related to post-secondary education opportunities, and, for those individuals who chose this option, to promote the transition of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities into higher education."

A new website encourages college as an option for people with disabilities. Access the site at:

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sound Sense: Living and Learning with Hearing Loss

Sound sense: Living and learning with hearing loss is a how-to book on daily life skills after a hearing loss. With humor and wit, author Sara Laufer-Batinovich offers insights after losing her own hearing. Guidance on employment strategies, communication tips, fun at the ballpark, and choosing a hearing aid or a cochlear implant can all be found in an easy-to-read format.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

A novel of murder in the deaf world

Author T. J. Waters writes of murder and mayhem in the deaf community. Secret signs is about a sign language interpret who witnesses the murder of a presidential advisor and discovers that she is the unwitting trigger to the violence.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Help with school improvement

It's hard to work with difficult people, especially when trying to make improvements in your school. Help is here, though, with Working with difficult & resistant staff. School administrators will find explanations of staff behavior with examples and strategies that can help administrators work more effectively with staff. Learn how to plan and monitor the environment to minimize difficulties with staff who are resistant to change.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Seven Steps to Separating Difference from Disability

Using the RTI model in your school? Then check out Seven steps to separating difference from disability. This book, based on the RTI model, offers seven steps to determining appropriate instruction, intervention, and services for culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Praise for Seven steps:
“This book is timely and an important resource for all schools with diverse populations to have in their professional libraries and in their Child Study Team rooms. This book would also be a complete text to use in an ESOL certification class devoted to planning interventions for students of concern.” (Karen, Speech/Language Pathologist)

“This is a complete guide for practitioners. I would be able to pick up the book and determine my child's stage in the study team process and where we should go next. Each step in the book stands alone as a reference.” (Margarete, Principal)

“This book offers a detailed, easy-to-follow approach to determining the needs of students who are having difficulty learning, including assessments and interventions. I am putting the knowledge I obtained to good use, and will continue to use it as a reference." (Kay, Literacy Coach)

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Mobile App Monday - TouchChat

Got a kid or a client who has difficulty using his/her own voice? Looking for a communication device to help augment what they are able to use? TouchChat is designed for individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, ALS, apraxia, stroke, or other conditions that affect a person’s ability to use natural speech.

TouchChat is an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) product that includes many features that were previously only available with dedicated devices. Words, phrases and messages are spoken with a built-in voice synthesizer or by playing recorded message. TouchChat also has a unique feature: simply tilt the device to make the message expand to fill the entire screen in large letters. This feature allows a person to communicate silently or to communicate in noisy environments.

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