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Overview

Teachers will find practical guidelines for collaborating with families, applying early childhood intervention, using transition services, involving community agencies and businesses, and identifying post-high school options.
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"The authors have presented an easy-to-read resource with self-assessments that can be used to help guide staff development on understanding basic tenets of special education and how parental invovlvement can be increased."
Principal Navigator
"The authors have presented an easy-to-read resource with self-assessments that can be used to help guide staff development on understanding basic tenets of special education and how parental invovlvement can be increased."
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Meet the Author

Jim Ysseldyke, Ph.D., is Birkmaier Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, director of the School Psychology Program, and director of the Center for Reading Research at the University of Minnesota. Widely requested as a staff developer and conference speaker, Ysseldyke brings more than 30 years of research and teaching experience to educational professionals around the globe.

As the former director of the federally funded National Center on Educational Outcomes, Ysseldyke conducted research and provided technical support that helped to boost the academic performance of students with disabilities and improve school assessment techniques nationally. Today, he continues to work to improve the education of students with disabilities.

The author of more than 300 publications on special education and school psychology, Ysseldyke is best known for his textbooks on assessment, effective instruction, issues in special education, and other cutting-edge areas of education and school psychology. With A Practical Approach to Special Education for Every Teacher, Ysseldyke seeks to equip educators with practical knowledge and methods that will help them to better engage students in exploring—and meeting—all their potentials.

Bob Algozzine is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina and project codirector of the U.S. Department of Education-supported Behavior and Reading Improvement Center. With 25 years of research experience and extensive firsthand knowledge of teaching students classified as seriously emotionally disturbed, Algozzine is a uniquely qualified staff developer, conference speaker, and teacher of behavior management and effective teaching courses. He is active in special education practice as a partner and collaborator with professionals in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools in North Carolina and as an editor of several journals focused on special education. Algozzine has written more than 250 manuscripts on special education topics, including many books and textbooks on how to manage emotional and social behavior problems.

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Table of Contents

About A Practical Approach to Special Education for Every Teacher
Acknowledgements
About the Authors
Self-Assessment I
Introduction to Working With Families and Community Agencies to Support Students With Special Needs
1.What Should Every Teacher Know About Early Childhood Intervention?
Federal Laws and Incentives
Direct and Indirect Services
Home-Based Programs
Hospital- or Center-Based Programs
Does Early Intervention Help?
2.What Are Transition Services and When Are They Necessary?
Transition into School
Transition During School
Everyday Transitions
Transition in General Education Classrooms
Dropping Out of School
Post-School Transition
3.What Living Arrangements Are Available to Adults With Special Needs?
Group Homes
Alternative Living Units
Foster Homes
Independent Living
Institutions
4.What Issues Should Be Taken Into Consideration When Working With Families?
How Exceptionalities Affect Families
Effects on Family Structure
Family Concerns
Transition to School
Adolescence
Post-School Transition
Concerns of Families With Children Who Are Gifted
What the Research Says
Change Over Time
Types of Family Involvement
Overcoming Barriers to Home-School Collaboration
5.How Should Schools Involve Community Agencies and Businesses?
Business Involvement
Special Programs
6.What Are the Keys to Success in the Wider Context?
Individualized Planning
Commitment to Normal Life Experiences
Compatible Physical Environment
Commitment to Remedial Programming
Encouraging Appropriate Behavior
Lifelong Learning
7.Working With Families and Agencies in Perspective
8. What Have We Learned?
Key Points
Key Vocabulary
Self-Assessment II
Answer Key for Self-Assessments
On Your Own
Resources
Books
Journals & Articles
Organizations
References
Index
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