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

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The one-stop resource for the inclusive classroom—updated to address new legislation and current research-based strategies!

Newly revised, this best-selling guide helps teachers create fully inclusive classrooms where students of all abilities can collaborate and achieve. Designed for K–12 general and special education teachers, this comprehensive resource:

  • Includes a user-friendly overview of federal laws that affect special education
  • Shows how to adapt teaching strategies, curriculum, and assessment to support fully inclusive instruction, including research-based, classroom-ready examples
  • Helps teachers address a wide range of social, emotional, and behavioral issues
  • Offers technology-driven classroom activities
  • Provides readers with numerous resources and organizations to consult

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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!"
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: 426,820
  • 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 a lecturer at Drew and Monmouth University and an adjunct professor and graduate instructor at the Regional Training Center, which is affiliated with Gratz College, College of New Jersey, and Washington College. 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 a graduate course titled Skills and Strategies for Inclusion and dis ABILITY Awareness and has trained other instructors in three states to teach her course. 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, 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. As the author of this book, she 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

List of Inclusive Activities and Worksheets for Teachers and Students
About the Author
1. Examining the Research Base and legal Considerations in Special Education Along with the Reasons for Inclusion
Disability Legislation
Introduction: Why Do Inclusion
Establishing Legislative Knowledge
Disability Categories Under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
History of the Americans with Disabiltiies Act (ADA)
Civil Rights for Students with Disabilities Under Section 504
Past, Present, and Future Concerns
Cooperative Legislative Review
Implications of Elementary and Secondary Education Act: ESEA
Translating Research to Learning Strategies That Work
Inclusion and the Student with Disabilities
2. Understanding the Often Complicated Special Education Terminology Beyond the Words
Disability Introspection
Being Treated Differently
Merits of Individuality
Disability Awareness Classroom Suggestions
Different Choices
Preparation for Successful Inclusion
Focusing on Abilities
3. Establishing Successful Inclusive Classrooms
Strategies That Work With All Learners
Effective Ingredients
Applying Diverse Strategies
Strategic Curriculum Applications
Establishing Prior Knowledge
Scoring With Metacognition (Knowing What You Know)
The Goal of Special Education
Motivating and Personalizing Learning Choices
Multiple Intelligences of Students
Learning Analysis
Concretizing Learning
Ub D: Understanding by Design
UDL: Universal Design for Learning
Learning Designs
Kinesthetic Connections
Sensory Approaches and Learning Modalities
4. Next, Writing and Applying the IEP (Individualized Education Program)
Practical Guidelines for Using and Writing the IEP
Appropriate Goals and Skills to Consider When Writing an IEP
How to Track and Document IEPs
Mock IEPs (It's Educationally Prudent!)
5. Introducing Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Issues Into the Curriculum
Connecting Cognitive and Affective Skills
Addressing Emotional Intelligences
Behavioral Approaches for Educators
Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA)
Transitional Services
Ways to Teach Social Skills
Classroom Climate
6. Reaching and Co-teaching Your Students
Building Productive Relationships
Collaborating as a Team
Classroom Dynamics
Inclusion Dilemmas
More Lesson Concerns
Teen Culture
7. Using the Three R's to Guide Instruction and Assessment
1st R: Reading
2nd R: ' Riting
3rd R: 'Rithmetic
Completing the Basics
Artful Education
Science by Doing, Thinking, and Connecting to the World
Valuing Phsical Education
Interdisciplinary Approach: Educational Salads
8. Emphasizing Comprehension and Study Skills
Learning More About Learning
Developing Better Practices
Teaching for More Understanding
Organized Environments
9. Assessing, Testing, and Grading Your Students
Purposeful Assessments
User-Friendly Testing Formats
Assessment Trends
Teacher Tips
Testing Changes
10. Working With Parents and Families of Students With Disabilities
Valuing Parents and Families
Parents, Families, and Teachers as Allies
11. Considering Technology in the Inclusive Classroom
Benefits and Promising Futures
Classroom/Community Implications and Resourcse
12. Reflecting as Classroom Practice Reviewing and Maintaining Skills
Preteach, Teach, Reteach
Summing Up the Learning
Combining Elements
Resource A: Disability Tables
Resource B: Organization
Resource C: Bibliography
Resource D: Alphabetized Acronyms

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