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We've surveyed school districts to find out what's new in staff development and picked the best resources so you can select the offerings that meet your school's (district's) needs. They are organized by staff development needs most commonly cited.

 

 

Behavior/504        Improvement of Instruction        ELL/Language       Reading/Writing       Special Education

 

Behavior and Instructional Interventions to prevent Special Education Referral (504 study teams)

 

PRIM - Pre-referral Intervention Manual

 

 

Pre-Referral Intervention Manual Third Edition
Stephen B. McCarney, Ed.D., Kathy Cummins Wunderlich, M.Ed.,  Edited by Samm N. House, 2006 570 p.

  • pre-referral intervention in regular education classrooms.

  • 4,000 intervention strategies for 219  common learning and behavior problems.

  • intervention strategies easily implemented by regular education teachers.

$98.95 (free shipping) (school purchase orders may be faxed to bookstore information below)

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RTI: Response to Intervention

 

The RTI Guide: Developing and Implementing a Model in Your Schools John E. McCook, Ed.D.

Written for school administrators, The RTI Guide is the ideal launch pad to putting a Response to Intervention model to work for your schools. This hands-on resource examines the critical components to developing and implementing an effective RTI model and spells out key phases and specific tasks – putting essential guidance and groundwork at your fingertips.

$92.95  (shipping is free) (school purchase orders may be faxed to bookstore information below)

Behavior Intervention Manual

Edited by Samm N. House

Over 250 behaviors (768 pages) with
• specific goals,
• precise and measurable objectives, and
• easily implemented, practical, and appropriate intervention strategies that can be implemented in the regular education classroom.

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Improvement of Instruction

 

Elevating Expectations

JoAnn Wong-Kam, 

To expedite the process, the authors offer numerous examples of learning logs, goal-setting sheets, weekly progress reports, separate conference planning guides for students and teachers, parent response and reflection forms, report card alternatives, and student-centered rubrics along with eleven reproducibles. Improve student learning by addressing the needs, interests, questions, and dreams of each student.

$84.95 (free shipping) (school purchase orders may be faxed to bookstore information below)

The Skillful Teacher; Research for Better Teaching

6th Edition 2008 By: Jon Saphier & Robert Gower
A standard text in courses about teaching, The Skillful Teacher is designed for both the novice and the experienced educator. It is a unique synthesis of the "Knowledge Base on Teaching" with powerful repertoires for matching teaching strategies to student needs. Designed as a guide for practitioners working to broaden their teaching skills, the book focuses on 17 critical areas of classroom performance. 

$92.95 (free shipping) (school purchase orders may be faxed to bookstore information below)

The Skillful Leader II: Confronting Conditions that Undermine Learning

by Alexander D. Platt 2008

This important new “Skillful Leader” book arms administrators and teacher leaders with step-by-step strategies to confront and raise the performance of teams and individuals who undermine student learning. The text includes methods of collecting data, strategies for intervention and tips for hiring and training. New individual and community profiles, together with legal notes, provide practical tools for busy leaders.

$92.95 (free shipping) (school purchase orders may be faxed to bookstore information below)

 

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ELL/Language Instruction and Resources

 

Making Content Comprehensible for English Language Learners, 3rd Edition: The SIOP® Model

Jana Echevarria, 2008, 256 p.

  •  New, user-friendly format of the SIOP® protocol.
  •  Background Sections include descriptions of the eight components and thirty features of the SIOP® Model, and are updated to reflect recent research and best practices to help readers plan and prepare effective sheltered lessons. 

$74.95 (free shipping) (school purchase orders may be faxed to bookstore information below)

Teaching Ideas for Implementing: The Siop Model

 

Vogt, MaryEllen

This book responds to teachers who are looking for additional ideas and instructional strategies. The activities are grouped by each of the SIOP components and contain sample content and language objectives for each activity.

$79.95 (free shipping) (school purchase orders may be faxed to bookstore information below)

The SIOP Model for Teaching English-Language Arts to English Learners

 

Mary Ellen Vogt, Jana Echevarria, 2009

Written for SIOP teachers and those who have learned the SIOP Model, this book includes proven, effective English-language arts lessons and comprehensive units designed by SIOP language arts educators Karlin LaPorta and Lisa Mitchener. In addition, this book provides ideas to adapt the techniques for students at different levels of English proficiency. 

$79.95 (free shipping) (school purchase orders may be faxed to bookstore information below)

 

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Assessment and Achievement (Literacy)

 

The RTI Daily Planning Book, K-6

Gretchen Owocki, 

Tools and Strategies for Collecting and Assessing Reading Data & Targeted Follow-Up Instruction

Gretchen’s authentic reading assessments give you the truest-possible sense of your readers’ abilities and open up opportunities for differentiation. She follows these with suggestions for planning and organizing Tier 1 and Tier 2 instruction to meet all readers’ needs during the day.

 

$89.95 (free shipping) school purchase orders may be faxed to bookstore information below)

Systems for Change in Literacy Education: A Guide to Professional Development

Carol A. Lyons Gay Su Pinnell 

Systems for Change offers specific—and, quite often, unique—suggestions for planning and implementing a literacy professional development course. Everything is covered, including how to get started the right way, what materials are needed and where to find them, what are the best activities for effective, hands-on practice, and how to develop K-6 inservice courses throughout the year. 

$81.95 (free shipping) (school purchase orders may be faxed to bookstore information below)

Change Over Time: In Children's Literacy Development

Marie M. Clay

When early literacy interventions work with young, low-achieving children, just why they work is often poorly understood. With Change Over Time, you can join Marie Clay as she takes a step back from the concepts of reading failure, disability, and dyslexia, and considers a new way to view literacy learning difficulties.

$89.95 (free shipping) (school purchase orders may be faxed to bookstore information below)  

 

 

Special Education

 

For Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Picture Plus Dictionary, 2nd Edition

Virginia McKinney

Hard Cover 2004, 576 pages

Students who arrive in the United States and all those who are learning English as well as American Sign Language should find this book very helpful.

This excellent unique resource contains literally thousands of words. Organized in English word order, each word is spelled and its proper part of speech is clearly identified. Each word is then accompanied by an illustration of its sign and an English sentence in which the word is used! There's even an illustration depicting the situation of the sentence! Designed from 30 years of experience in education of deaf students, this dictionary is truly one of a kind. Affordably priced, this is a resource you will not want to be without!

$109.98 shipping free.

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The Behavior Disorder IEP Companion: 

 

Benefits
  • Saves you time planning and writing IEPs
  • Helps you plan lessons and activities for your students
  • Guides you toward successful collaboration with regular educators
Features
  • Lists IEP objectives covering a broad range of academic, real-life, and behavioral skills
  • Provides strategies or interventions for each objective
  • Contains a section on diagnosing and assessing behavior disorders
  • Includes tips on setting up the classroom for students with BD
  • Gives you tools such as charts, forms, and problem-solving sheets

$89.95 shipping and handling free.

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The Source for Behavior Management in Autism

by Pam Britton Reese, Nena C. Challenner

 

Certain characteristics of autism can be used to understand what causes behavior problems in children with autism. This revealing resource takes you through the causes and successful interventions available to help them.
Benefits

Clear-cut descriptions and real-life examples of behaviors improve your ability to develop an intervention plan to improve:

  • social interaction behaviors such as weakness in joint attention
  • communication behavior such as echolalia
  • emotional regulation including weakness in self- and mutual regulation
  • sensory responses including hypersensitivity and motoric disorganization 

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