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Implementing Peer Supports in the Classroom

This brief chapter excerpt from Peer Support Strategies for Improving All Students' Social Lives and Learning focuses on supporting students with and without disabilities as they work together within the context of peer support arrangements. Read More

Families in the 21st Century

This chapter explores the diverse structures of the modern American family. Discussion questions and a list of suggested web sites are provided. Read More

Building Classroom Expertise

Imagine the possibilities for changing student attitudes and perspectives if students were invited not only to share their fascinations but also to serve as classroom experts and teachers in those areas. This quick excerpt provides ideas for building classroom expertise via student interests and passions. Read More

Making an argument for social skills support in school

Social ability may not be measured in high-stakes testing, but it does have a significant impact on student behavior and learning. Schools that implement instructional approaches designed to enhance social interaction–such as peer tutoring and cooperative learning–have discovered unexpected benefits in both the classroom environment and student achievement. Consider the importance of social development, particularly on students with disabilities, to make an argument for social skills support at your school. Read More

Making inclusion work: 5 strategies every teacher should know

Today's classrooms have changed significantly since many educators received their formal training. As inclusive classrooms become the norm, many teachers are hungry for insights that will help them ensure students with various abilities make strides individually while their classes progress as a whole. Here are five fresh approaches you can apply to create successful inclusive classrooms. Read More

Peer supports for students with disabilities: Who else benefits?

Let's say you want to start a peer support program at your school that you're certain will improve the academic and social skills of students with disabilities. You've seen it work elsewhere, but will that be enough to get your colleagues on board? Not necessarily. Your chances of persuading them will improve if you demonstrate benefits that extend beyond the students alone. Show them how using peer supports actually improves the skills of student peers, helps teachers better manage their classroom, and helps administrators meet mandates by bettering performance numbers for students with and without disabilities. Learn about the far-reaching benefits of peer supports and be sure to get your free list for educators and paraprofessionals of strategies for fostering peer interaction. Read More

Bullying and the Silence of Others

Adapted from Recognize, Respond, Report: Preventing and Addressing Bullying of Students with Special Needs, this article is a call to action for school professionals to be more active in protecting students susceptible to bullying. Read More

A Welcoming Congregation: Signs of Hospitality

What does it really mean to be a welcoming congregation? What does it look like to meaningfully include people with disabilities? Learn answers to these questions and more in this excerpt from Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities. Read More

Improve social skills for young people with autism: 4 approaches that work

Helping young people with autism navigate social waters is one of the best gifts you can give them. With specific strategies and exercises, you can help them learn to read social cues and gain greater ease in social interactions. Try these four proven approaches that have been shown to help young people on the spectrum build key social skills. Read More