Inclusion Strategies That Work!: Research-Based Methods for the Classroom / Edition 2

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The go-to book for including ALL learners in educational success!

Teaching students with diverse needs require educators to employ empathy, responsiveness, and patience. This book has long been the indispensible resource for K-12 teachers as they confidently form lesson plans and strategies for inclusion.

In this new edition, Toby J. Karten’s data-driven methods are updated with the latest research and policy developments. The book’s content includes:

  • Updated information on ADA, IDEA, writing IEPs, transitional services, classifications, RTI, metacognitive strategies, and links to the Common Core
  • Tips for working with families and making them an integral part of the inclusive team
  • An overview of special education legislative terminology
  • Interactive online forms for planning, documentation, and collaboration

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Editorial Reviews

Jacqueline Thousand
"Karten clarifies the context for inclusive education and offers a vast array of curricular and instructional strategies that support not only the learning and inclusion of students with disabilities, but the learning and inclusion of ALL students. This friendly and accessible book can be put into action immediately in any classroom."
Lynn De Capua
"This updated edition includes a comprehensive, easy-to-read overview of historical and current considerations in special education that lay the foundation for inclusive education. Drawing from her vast experience as a special educator, Karten shares a wealth of practical, research-based instructional and behavioral strategies that educators can implement in the classroom effectively. This how-to book is a must-have for all educators today!"
Patrick Johnson
"Wow! What a great source of information for the new and experienced teacher. Karten has captured material and information that is useable and easy to understand."
Harold M. Tarriff
"With an added emphasis on the abilities of students with special needs, Karten continues to be a distinctive voice for the value, benefits, and logic of an inclusive philosophy and practice in the schools of the 21st century. Good teachers teach all students; excellent teachers teach all students well. Karten gives excellent teachers another tool to move all students to their highest achievement. Her chapter on social, emotional, and behavioral issues in the curriculum focuses added atention on critical areas most often overlooked."
Jamie Roden
"I am convinced that every teacher should read this book, because then they would understand the concept of meeting the needs of all students. This book is an excellent resource to help any educator meet the needs of each individual student, regardless of the exceptionality, and to help each student achieve his or her full potential. Thank you, Toby, for your high expectations for all students and for providing a useful tool to use in obtaining high standards for our students."
Lynn DeCapua
"This updated edition includes a comprehensive, easy-to-read overview of historical and current considerations in special education that lay the foundation for inclusive education. Drawing from her vast experience as a special educator, Karten shares a wealth of practical, research-based instructional and behavioral strategies that educators can implement in the classroom effectively. This how-to book is a must-have for all educators today!"
Tobie Franklin
“Inclusion Strategies That Work! Third Edition is a must for educators and parents who are looking for the one reference book on inclusion. Not only does it provide a wealth of information, it directs the reader to a host of other valuable resources and covers important basics which other professional books fail to address, such as 'Cultural Concerns for Special Learners' and 'Teen Culture.'”

“Toby Karten’s sensitivity to respecting and meeting the diverse needs for students underscores the book. She embraces differences and provides a roadmap to inclusion. “

Kathy Graham
"Ms. Karten brings a lifetime of experience and a common sense approach to teaching and working with students with disabilities in inclusive environments. Her book, Inclusion Strategies That Work!, places comprehensive strategies, resources and suggestions that are critical for success into the hands of all educators."
Mike Kuczala
"Through her expertise in professional development, Toby Karten has inspired tens of thousands of teachers around the world through her work. That inspiration is captured in this book! Meeting the needs of all students is crucial in every classroom and this book provides a framework for broadening the knowledge of all teachers to make that happen!"
Martha Lawson
I have been teaching introductory courses in special education for 5 years. Each year I review books to see if I can find the one that truly speaks to the needs of my students in this ever-changing field. I found what I was looking for in Inclusion Strategies That Work!
John Zerillo
I found the content extremely interesting. The lessons are productive and easy to follow.
Scott Rossig
What a wonderful, comprehensive tool for educators! The text highlights all of the key areas promoting success for students in inclusive environments.
Fatima Ramirez
This compilation of inclusion strategies significantly covers topics of importance to any educator or parents who seeks information related to the special needs population. The concentration on the aspects that are key in special education are extensively discussed.
Barry Swartz
A comprehensive text of activities and worksheets for teachers and students . . .a must read!
Diane Cavanagh
A great resource for all teachers struggling to effectively include students with disabilities in general education classrooms.
Elise Pelcz
I would buy this book in a minute. It is informative, interesting, and will provide a lot of guidance in my future teaching career.
Kelly Maloney
As a college student studying special education, this text is very comprehensive and a helpful resource.
Ginger Wescott
This book contains everything you need to know about inclusion! It’s totally complete and comprehensive.
Rhonda Gibson
This book is current and every teacher, regardless of specialty and experience, should get this book.
Carol Sprague
Toby Karten certainly has a grasp on the needs of teachers in the inclusive classroom. Her book is filled with practical applications for adapting curriculum for students with disabilities.
Herbert Miller
This is a very timely book. Today with No Child Left Behind, which is a regular education initiative, inclusion will need to be part of special education more than ever before.
Arthur Tepper
Inclusion Strategies That Work! is an invaluable tool for teachers to help meet the needs of all learners in a diverse classroom.
Joan Cingar
This book enlightens and sometimes startles the reader with light bulb responses. It reflects the author’s unique sense of humor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412979375
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 390
  • Sales rank: 450,387
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Learn more about Toby Karten's PD offerings

Toby J. Karten is an experienced educator who has been immersed in the field of special education for her entire career. As an accomplished author and researcher, she has presented successful staff development to local, national, and international audiences. Toby is affiliated with Drew and Monmouth University and is an adjunct professor and graduate instructor at the Regional Training Center, which is affiliated with Gratz College and The College of New Jersey. Being involved in the field of special education for the past three decades has afforded Ms. Karten an opportunity to help many children and adults from elementary through graduate levels around the world. She has been a resource teacher, staff developer, adult educator, and inclusion coach and consultant in New York and New Jersey schools and in many districts nationally and globally. In addition to her roles as an inclusion coach, student and family advocate, professional developer, mentor and resource teacher, Toby designed graduate courses titled From Challenge to Success; LD, ADHD, and the Spectrum and Skills and Strategies for Inclusion and dis ABILITY Awareness. She has trained instructors in three states to teach her courses. In addition, she has designed online courses for Na Ma Ya titled Collaborative Practices for Inclusive Classrooms and Interventions for Students with Dyslexia and Other Reading Differences. She has been recognized by both the Council for Exceptional Children and the New Jersey Department of Education as an exemplary educator, receiving two Teacher of the Year awards. She earned an undergraduate degree in special education from Brooklyn College, a master of science in special education from the College of Staten Island, a supervisory degree from Georgian Court University, and an honorary doctorate from Gratz College. Toby has authored several books and resources about inclusion practices and the CCSS, which are currently used for instruction on many college and university campuses and schools throughout the world.

Ms. Karten is married, has a son, and a few dogs. She enjoys teaching, reading, writing, artwork, and most of all, learning. Toby believes that inclusion does not begin and end in the classroom, but is a philosophy that continues throughout life. Hence, inclusion is not only research-based, but life-based as well!

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Examining the research base and legal considerations in special education 1
Ch. 2 Understanding the often complicated special education terminology 27
Ch. 3 Establishing successful inclusive classrooms 55
Ch. 4 Next, writing and applying the IEP (individualized education program) 97
Ch. 5 Introducing social issues into the curriculum 107
Ch. 6 Reaching and coteaching your students 127
Ch. 7 Using the three R's to guide instruction and assessment 149
Ch. 8 Emphasizing comprehension and study skills 247
Ch. 9 Assessing, testing, and grading your students 273
Ch. 10 Working with parents of students with disabilities 285
Ch. 11 Considering technology in the inclusive classroom 293
Ch. 12 Reflecting as classroom practice 303
Resource A Disability tables 317
Resource B Organization/800-numbers 349
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