Creating Successful Learning Environments for African American Learners With Exceptionalities

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Discover the key strategies to empowering African American students with exceptionalities! Central to the teaching and learning of African American students is a clear knowledge of their cultures, background experiences, and perspectives, while applying this knowledge to the design, implementation, and assessment of educational programs. This culturally responsive educational approach is comprehensively covered through the straightforward and in-depth contributions from more than 25 leading scholars and practitioners featured in this book. The guide focuses on specific, innovative methods for maximizing the learning opportunities and outcomes of African American students-from dealing with foundational issues such as accountability, categorization, and legal implications, to managing learning environments and enhancing school practices through teacher preparation and early childhood programs. By providing concrete rationales and solutions for maximizing the intellectual, academic, and social achievement of African American learners, this groundbreaking text presents the tools necessary for meeting the needs of these students, including: Assessment and instructional techniques for general and special education programs, including discussions on specific learning disabilities Intervention tactics for behavioral issues Tips for tapping family and community resources to complement the classroom Strategies for enhancing students' communication skills and maximizing the potential of gifted and talented learners

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761945567
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/18/2002
  • Series: One-off Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 10.48 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Festus E. Obiakor, Ph.D., is Department Head and Professor, Early Childhood and Special Education, Dewar College of Education and Human Services, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia. A teacher, scholar, and consultant, he has served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at a variety of universities. He is the author of more than 150 publications, including books, articles, and commentaries; and he has presented papers at many national and international conferences. He serves on the editorial boards of reputable nationally and internationally refereed journals, including Multicultural Learning and Teaching (MLT) in which he serves as co-executive Editor. Obiakor is a leader who has been involved in many landmark scholarly works in the fields of general and special education, with particular focus on African American and other culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) learners and he continues to prescribe multidimensional methods of assessment, teaching, and intervention for these individuals. Based on this premise, he created the Comprehensive Support Model (CSM), an intervention model that values the collaborative, consultative, and cooperative energies of students, families, teachers/service providers, communities, and government agencies.

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Table of Contents

About the Editors
About the Contributors
Pt. I Foundations of Educational Change 1
1 School Accountability and Reform: Implications for African Americans With Exceptionalities 3
2 Legal Foundations of Special Education for African American Learners 17
3 Functionalizing Assessment for African American Learners in General and Special Education Programs 27
4 Categorization: Impact on African American Learners With Exceptionalities 41
Pt. II Managing Learning Environments 53
5 Instructional Strategies for African American Learners With Cognitive Disabilities 55
6 Working With African American Students With Specific Learning Disabilities 67
7 Interventions for African American Learners With Behavioral Problems 79
8 Maximizing the Learning Potential of African American Learners With Gifts and Talents 95
9 Communication Skills of African American Learners With Disabilities 107
10 Developing Self-Empowerment in African American Learners With Special Problems 119
Pt. III Complementing the School Environment 133
11 Service Delivery for African American Young Children With Special Needs 135
12 African American Families: Equal Partners in General and Special Education 145
13 African American Community Resources: Essential Educational Enhancers for African American Children and Youth 159
14 Transitioning African American High School Students With Disabilities 175
15 Teacher Preparation for African American Exceptional Learners: A Cultural-Historical Approach 191
16 Culturally Responsive Leadership for African Americans With Exceptionalities 205
17 Summary Comments: Race, Class, Gender, and Exceptionality of African American Learners 217
Index 225
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