Find Strategies to Create Successful Environments for Students with Special Needs in ASCD’s New Publications

ALEXANDRIA, VA—ASCD is excited to announce three new books to help educators create inclusive, supportive, and successful learning environments for students with special needs. These publications, from special education experts Toby Karten, Richard A. Villa and Jacqueline S. Thousand, and Vicki Caruana address many of the most important challenges teachers face, including how to provide responsive interventions, coordinate educational initiatives, educate all students in general education settings, and overcome the most common difficulties posed by individualized education programs (IEPs).

Building on the Strengths of Students with Special Needs: How to Move Beyond Disability Labels in the Classroomby Toby Karten

This new release, a must-have reference for busy teachers with little special education training, supplies classroom-tested instructional strategies that address the characteristics and challenges of students with special needs. Karten highlights more than a dozen common disability labels and the details relevant to each―possible causes, strengths and characteristics, classroom implications, and inclusion strategies―to walk teachers through the process of reinforcing, motivating, scaffolding, and planning for instruction that targets all learners. In addition to dozens of differentiated strategies to provide responsive interventions, this book offers valuable advice on how to prevent labels from capping student potential and encouragement to help teachers continually improve learner outcomes. Educators can also purchase Karten’s Quick Reference Guide, Inclusion Do’s Don’ts and Do Betters, for easy-to-access tips and strategies to make sure all students are supported and receive the most effective instruction. (List price: $27.95 print or $26.99 e-book; ASCD member price: $22.36 print or $21.36 e-book)

Leading an Inclusive School: Access and Success for ALL Students by Richard A. Villa and Jacqueline S. Thousand

This in-depth, research-based guide will help administrators and teachers ensure that their schools provide the federally guaranteed “least restrictive environment” for all students. In addition to a wealth of information about the history and research base of inclusive education in the United States, Villa and Thousand provide essential curricular and instructional practices for inclusive schools, a conceptual framework for coordinating educational initiatives, best practices for educating all students in general education, and vivid personal stories of students with disabilities that illustrate how these students flourish when they learn alongside their general education peers. (List price: $28.95 print or $27.99 e-book; ASCD member price: $23.16 print or $22.16 e-book)

Success with IEPs: Solving Five Common Implementation Challenges in the Classroom by Vicki Caruana

This ASCD Arias title provides teachers with practical, research-based advice for and solutions to five of the most common challenges posed by IEPs: understanding the full scope of the teacher’s role; doing the crucial prep work for IEP meetings; offering modifications and accommodations; contributing to the IEP team; and monitoring student progress. Caruana explores principles that debunk some common misconceptions about how to work with students with disabilities and offers insights, tips, and strategies that will help teachers fine-tune their practice to better meet each child’s unique needs. (List price: $12.99 print or $6.99 e-book; ASCD member price: $9.99 print or $5.99 e-book)

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