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5 Language & Literacy Tools You Might Not Know About (But Should!)

Did you know there’s a reliable assessment tool for determining whether a young bilingual child’s language difficulties are due to a delay or limited exposure to English? We’ll introduce you to BESA™ (Bilingual English-Spanish Assessment™) and four other essential screening and assessment tools in this month’s feature article.

Yes, you can teach academic content to students with cognitive disabilities

As everyone acquainted with NCLB knows, it is not enough for students with disabilities to be in the general classroom–they must also make academic progress. In fact, even students in self-contained, specialized classrooms are now assessed in reading, math, and science.

Diane Browder and Fred Spooner have extensively studied best practices for teaching academic content to all students and particularly students with disabilities.Read these key points from their new book Teaching Language Arts, Math, and Science to Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities, and try their specific suggestions for how you can adapt your teaching to get the best results.

You’re not alone: Help for teachers of struggling readers from multisensory teaching experts

When teachers encounter students in their classes who struggle to read, they often are at a loss as to how to help them. General ed teachers don't always get instruction in how to reach students who fail to learn in the standard ways.

Teachers who find themselves struggling in the classroom can turn to Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills, Third Edition. The techniques in this compilation for teaching students with dyslexia have been shown to also help others having trouble learning to read.

Learning how to read is a systematic process that can be taught. The authors of the Multisensory Teaching activity book have these words of advice for teachers willing to take on the challenge.

Open any holiday gift box to receive a special inclusion tip

If you could return from your break to have one wish fulfilled, what would it be? For many teachers, demonstrating real progress on the question of inclusion would be high on their list. What will it take to meet mandates and produce a more positive and productive atmosphere for all your students?

Click on any of the gift boxes to find special tips designed to help you make your inclusion wishes come true.

Make Inclusion Happen! 10 Steps Educators Can Take Right Now

Working for children with disabilities to be educated alongside their peers can be a challenge. Inclusion facilitators often run into resistance as a result of a lack of understanding, training, or other resources needed to implement inclusion effectively.

Cheryl Jorgensen, co-author of The Inclusion Facilitator's Guide, outlines 10 promising practices you can promote to encourage inclusion in your schools. See how many you’ve already put into practice.