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What Really Works With Exceptional Learners

What Really Works With Exceptional Learners

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January 2017 | 392 pages | Corwin

Your desk reference for success with exceptional students

Today’s teachers, especially the many who work with students with special needs, are pressed to know a little something about everything. Expertise is needed in different content and pedagogical areas, but knowledge of different types of disabilities is required as well. Wendy Murawski and Kathy Lynn Scott have assembled another reader-friendly What Really Works resource full of experiences and evidence-based practices to empower any educator.

Each chapter is presented in an easy-access and practical format suited for busy professionals. The editors and authors examine how special educational needs affect 

  • Content areas like reading and math
  • Specialization areas like autism and learning disabilities
  • Pedagogical areas like culturally responsive practices and accommodations
  • Other critical areas like legal issues, behavior challenges, and home-school collaboration

As education trends promote the inclusion of students with exceptionalities, this book is the perfect resource for teachers and administrators who need to know what works…and what doesn’t.

Ann Turnbull
About the Editors
About the Contributors
Section I. What Really Works With Content
Sarah A. Nagro, Margaret P. Weiss, and Jaime True Daley
Chapter 1. Getting Past “I Hate Math!”
Leila Ansari Ricci
Chapter 2. Creating a Cadre of Capable Readers
Katie M. Miller and Sally A. Spencer
Chapter 3. When Writing Isn’t Easy or Fun: Techniques for Struggling Writers
Ruby L. Owiny, Anne Brawand, and Janet Josephson
Chapter 4. Instructional Strategies and UDL: Making Content Accessible
Barbara Serianni, Ela Kaye Eley, and LaToya Cannon
Chapter 5. Leveling the Playing Field With Technology
Section II. What Really Works With Instruction
Jacqueline Rodriguez and Stacey E. Hardin
Chapter 6. Culturally Responsive Teaching to Support All Learners
Horacio Sanchez
Chapter 7. Thanks for the Memories: Brain-Based Learning at Its Best
Jennifer D. Walker and Brittany L. Hott
Chapter 8. Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports in the Inclusive Classroom
Amy Kramer and Wendy W. Murawski
Chapter 9. Beyond Just “Playing Nicely”: Collaboration and Co-Teaching
Kyena E. Cornelius and Kimberly M. Johnson-Harris
Chapter 10. Progress Monitoring: Your Classroom Itinerary
Section III. What Really Works With Special Populations
Janet Josephson, Anne Brawand, and Ruby L. Owiny
Chapter 11. Addressing the “Invisible Disability”: Supporting Students With Learning Disabilities
Brittany L. Hott, Jennifer D. Walker, Audrey Robinson, and Lesli Raymond
Chapter 12. Search for the Miracle Cure: Working With Students With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Claire E. Hughes and Lynnette M. Henderson
Chapter 13. Addressing the Autism Spectrum Disorder "Epidemic" in Education
Dawn W. Fraser
Chapter 14. Teaching Students With Moderate-to-Severe Disabilities: You’ve Got This!
Brenda L. Barrio, Pamela K. Peak, and Wendy W. Murawski
Chapter 15. English Language Learners With Disabilities: Best Practices
Zhen Chai and Rebecca Lieberman-Betz
Chapter 16. Inclusion as the Context for Early Childhood Special Education
Claire E. Hughes
Chapter 17. Focusing on Strengths: Twice-Exceptional Students
Section IV. What Really Works Beyond the Classroom
Christine A. Hayashi
Chapter 18. It’s the Law! Legal Issues in Special Education
Bethany M. McConnell and Wendy W. Murawski
Chapter 19. The Importance of Partnerships: School-to-Home Collaboration

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1 - Getting Past "I Hate Math"

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Wendy Weichel Murawski

Wendy W. Murawski, PhD, is the Michael D. Eisner Endowed Chair and Executive Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She is a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Special Education, a past president of the Teacher Education Division (TED) for the Council for Exceptional Children, a former Teacher Educator of the Year for the state of California, and the recent recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award for her university. She has authored 10 books, as well as numerous chapters, articles, and handbooks in the areas of co-teaching, collaboration, inclusion,... More About Author

Kathy Lynn Gandhi (aka Scott & James)

Kathy Lynn Scott, PhD, is the Center Administrative Analyst for the Center for Teaching and Learning at California State University, Northridge. Kathy was trained as an old school darkroom photographer, but she fell in love with all things to do with education. After conducting research on art education and adult education in England and coordinating research on learning disabilities in New Jersey, Kathy jumped from coast to coast, finding a new home with the CTL where she gets to do a little bit of everything related to education. When not acting as the “glue” for the CTL (as Wendy calls her), she’s happiest just relaxing at home,... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781506363479