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Inclusion Strategies That Work!

Inclusion Strategies That Work!
Research-Based Methods for the Classroom

Third Edition

January 2017 | 448 pages | SAGE AdvantEDGE

The go-to resource for ensuring the success of ALL learners!

Teaching students with diverse needs require educators to tap deep reserves of instructional know-how, empathy, responsiveness, and patience. And the mark of a great educator is ensuring that ALL learners reach their full potential - academically and emotionally.

For years, Inclusion Strategies that Work! has been an indispensable resource for K-12 teachers as they confidently assess, instruct, and differentiate inclusive lesson plans and strategies for inclusion. In this new edition, Toby J. Karten’s data-driven methods are updated with the latest research, connections to the Common Core, and legislative developments.

Beginning with a thoughtful look at why inclusion is so essential, Karten provides valuable advice on co-planning structured lessons, ways to leverage technology, and much more, including:

  • Updated information on ADA, IDEA, writing IEPs, transitional services, classifications, RTI, metacognitive strategies, and links to the Common Core
  • Tips for collaboratively working with families and making them an integral part of the inclusive team
  • Interactive strategies and techniques that make concepts real in the classroom by honoring each individual student, and by not permitting a label to define a student or lower academic, behavioral, social, and emotional expectations
  • An overview of special education legislative terminology
  • Information on how to use emotional intelligence and brain-friendly learning to improve student outcomes
  • Interactive online forms for planning, documentation, and collaboration

 With this comprehensive resource, you will be equipped with the tools to transform your classroom into a more inclusive environment to ensure that each learner achieves success!

List of Inclusive Activities and Worksheets for Teachers and Students
1. Examining the Research Base and Legal Considerations in Special Education, CCSS Connections, and the Reasons for Inclusion
Disability Legislation
Introduction: Why Do Inclusion?
Establishing Legislative Knowledge
Disability Categories Under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
History of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Civil Rights for Students with Disabilities Under Section 504
Past, Present, and Future Concerns
Common Core State Standards
Cooperative Legislative Review
Implications of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Translating Research Into Learning Strategies That Work
Inclusion and the Student With Disabilities
2. Understanding Complicated Special Education Terminology and the Effects of Labels
Disability Introspection
Being Treated Differently
Merits of Individuality
Disability Awareness Classroom Suggestions
Viewing Differences in Books and Movies
Different Choices
Preparation for Successful Inclusion
Focusing on Abilities
3. Establishing Successful Inclusive Classrooms
Strategies That Work With All Learners
Effective Ingredients
Applying Diverse Strategies
Strategic CCSS Applications
Establishing Prior Knowledge
The Goal of Special Education
Motivating and Personalizing Learning Choices
Multiple Intelligences of Students
Learning Analysis
Concretizing Learning
Learning Designs
Problem- and Project-Based Learning Connections
Kinesthetic Connections
Sensory Approaches and Learning Modalities
4. Next, Writing and Applying the Individualized Education Program
What Exactly Is an IEP?
Practical Guidelines for Using and Writing the IEP
Appropriate Goals and Skills to Consider When Writing an IEP
How to Track and Document IEPs
IEP Challenges
Implementing Adaptations by Charting Lessons
5. Introducing Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Issues Into the Curriculum
Connecting Cognitive and Affective Skills
Addressing Emotional Intelligences
Behavioral Approaches for Educators
Functional Behavioral Assessment
Transitional Services
Ways to Teach Social Skills
Classroom Climate
6. Reaching and Co-Teaching Your Students
Educational Collaboration
Building Productive Relationships
Collaborating as a Team
Classroom Dynamics
More Lesson Concerns
Teen Culture
7. The Common Core State Standards and Using the Three Rs to Guide Instruction and Assessment
First R: Reading
Second R: ’Riting
Third R: ’Rithmetic
Complementing the Basics
Artful Education
Science by Observing, Doing, and Thinking
Social Studies: Connecting Students to Their World
Valuing Physical Education
Interdisciplinary Approach: Educational Salads
8. Emphasizing Comprehension and Study Skills
Learning More About Learning
Developing Better Practices
Teaching for More Understanding
Organized Environments
9. Assessing, Testing, and Grading Your Students
Purposeful Assessment Representations
Classroom Scenarios
User-Friendly Testing Formats
Assessment Trends
CCSS and Assessments
10. Working With Parents and Families of Students With Disabilities
Valuing Parents and Families
Parents, Families, and Teachers as Allies
Resources and Organizations for Parents, Guardians, and Families
11. Infusing Technology Into the Inclusive Classroom
Benefits and Promising Futures
Classroom and Community Implications and Resources
Sample High School In-Class Lesson—Combining Literature and Technology
Educational Ideas, Websites, and Resources
Sites to Investigate for Students and Staff Across the Curriculum
12. Reflecting as Classroom Practice
Reviewing and Maintaining Skills
Preteach, Teach, Reteach
Summing Up the Learning
Combining Elements
Resource A. Disability Tables
Resource B. Organizations
Resource C. Alphabetized Acronyms
References and Further Readings

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Toby J. Karten

Learn more about Toby Karten's PD offeringsToby J. Karten is an experienced educator who has been immersed in the field of special education for her entire career. As an accomplished author and researcher, she has presented successful staff development to local, national, and international audiences. Toby is affiliated with Drew and Monmouth University and is an adjunct professor and graduate instructor at the Regional Training Center, which is affiliated with Gratz College and The College of New Jersey. Being involved in the field of special education for the past three decades has afforded Ms. Karten an opportunity to help many... More About Author


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ISBN: 9789386062345