Differentiating Learning Differences from Disabilities: Meeting Diverse Needs Through Multi-Tiered Response to Intervention / Edition 1

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John J. Hoover

Differentiating Learning Differences from Disabilities:

Meeting Diverse Needs through Multi-Tiered Response to Intervention

By integrating factors of cultural diversity, language differences, and disabilities, this timely new book gives educators a complete picture of the needs of their diverse students at all grade and ability levels. Unlike other manuals that look at these factors individually, this book empowers readers to more clearly discern learning differences from learning disabilities and provide focused intervention and instruction. Author John Hoover addresses diverse cultural norms and expected behavior associated with English as a second language alongside learning behavior characteristics, explaining the nuanced range of diagnosis needed to correctly assess a student’s needs. Every chapter features a complete discussion of the contents’ significance in today’s classroom as well as numerous opportunities for reflection and further study. With many evidence-based interventions and more than 30 reproducible guides for use within multi-tiered instruction and response to intervention models, this book takes theory into practice for mainstream or special educators.

“[T]he author’s emphasis on successful, research-based reading instructional strategies is good background for ALL future teachers. When these strategies are applied, [teachers] will improve the reading, decoding, comprehension, and fluency skill . . . in their students.” –Donna Schweitzer, Forwood Elementary School, Wilmington, DE

“[T]he teacher self-evaluation is excellent . . . and [I] love the great explanation and presentation of many options for interventions for the classroom teacher.” –Judy Mazur, Buena Vista Elementary School, Greer, SC

John J. Hoover is a senior research associate and adjunct faculty in multicultural special education in the school of education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has worked as an educational consultant, a trainer or evaluator for numerous multicultural special education programs, and a K-12 teacher in classrooms of diverse learners with learning and behavior disorders. John is the author or co-author of more than 60 publications, including Methods for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (Merrill Education) and Curriculum Adaptations for Students with Learning and Behavior Problems (Pro-Ed).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205608270
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 6/29/2008
  • Series: Response to Intervention Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 743,646
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John J. Hoover is currently a senior research associate and adjunct faculty in multicultural special education in the school of education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a former K-12 teacher working with diverse learners with learning and behavior disorders in several states in the Midwest and Southwest US. He has also worked as an educational consultant, trainer and evaluator for numerous multicultural special education programs designed to meet diverse needs in grades K-12. He is coauthor of the 2008 text titled “Methods for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners, and of the 3rd edition of “Curriculum Adaptations for Students with Learning and Behavior Problems: Differentiating Instruction to Meet Diverse Needs.” Over the past 30 years he has over 60 publications in multicultural and special education addressing curriculum and teaching methods, study skills and meeting the needs of diverse exceptional learners. His work both as a teacher of diverse learners with special needs and educational consultant provides a wealth of experiences to assist others to determine learning differences from disabilities.
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Table of Contents


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Chapter 1: Overview of Learning Difference and Disability Issues for Diverse Learners

Chapter 2: Multi-Tiered Instructional Programming and Response to Intervention

for Diverse Learners

Chapter 3: Characteristics of Second Language Acquisition, Cultural Diversity and

Learning/Behavior Disorders

Chapter 4: Cultural Responsive Assessment

Chapter 5: Selecting and Using Culturally Responsive Assessment Practices

Chapter 6: Bringing it all together from Tier 1 through Special Education Referral:

Ecological Framework to Meet Diverse Needs

Chapter 7: Selecting and Implementing Evidence-Based Interventions

Chapter 8: Culturally Responsive Collaboration in Tiered Instruction



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