Exceptional Teacher's Handbook The First-Year Special Education Teacher's Guide to Success

ISBN-10: 141296914X

ISBN-13: 9781412969147

Edition: 3rd 2009

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Specific guidelines and strategies to help special educators navigate through their first year! This revised third edition of the bestseller helps new and experienced special educators move confidently from preplanning to post planning for the school year with a step-by-step management approach complete with planning checklists and other ready-to-use forms. Featuring revisions to the reauthorization of IDEA 2004 and NCLB, this popular reference also provides updates on: Recognized disabilities Best instructional practices Successful parent conferences Effective plans for professional learning Alternate assessments, emergencies in the school setting, education terminology, and more The Exceptional Teacher's Handbook will empower special education teachers with the confidence to meet the challenges of their profession.
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List price: $38.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 2/27/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.474

Carla F. Shelton has 11 years of teaching experience in the special education profession. She has taught students with disabilities in Grades 2-12 in resource, self-contained, and inclusion settings. Shelton is certified in the areas of specific learning disabilities, emotional/behavior disorders, mildly intellectual disabilities, elementary grades (P-8), school counseling (P-12), and educational leadership and supervision. She has served as a high school counselor for the past five years, working with students in Grades 9-12. Shelton is the author of Best Practices for Secondary School Counselors .Shelton is knowledgeable in instructional techniques and best classroom practices that promote and foster student learning. She is skilled in designing and implementing strategies to assist students with disabilities in meeting academic and behavior goals and objectives, to bridge the gap between school and parents, and to assist students with the transition process from school-to-school and to postsecondary endeavors. Shelton has mastered the art of collaboration with regular education teachers and staff and works effectively with families of students with disabilities. She has presented at the High Schools That Work Summer Conference, the National Tech Prep Conference, the Georgia School Counselor Conference, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference. Shelton's professional affiliations include the American School Counselor Association, Georgia School Counselor Association, National Tech Prep Network, and Professional Association of Georgia Educators. Finally, Shelton's solid education background and broad-based educational experience is the foundation on which The Exceptional Teacher's Handbook is built.

Alice B. Pollingue is a tenured assistant professor of education at Augusta State University. She has been teaching at the university for more than fourteen years. Currently, Pollingue teaches special education courses to undergraduate and graduate students and is the supervising professor for the entire special education teacher-training program. She develops curriculum for new special education courses offered at the university. In addition, Pollingue is a consultant for school systems in surrounding areas. She has published articles in the Journal of Early Education and the Journal of Special Education. She is active in both local and national professional organizations. Her motivation, professionalism, knowledge, and expertise make her the perfect coauthor for The Exceptional Teacher's Handbook. Pollingue received her doctorate degree from the University of Alabama.

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Preparing for a Successful School Year
Get to Know Your School
Allocate Time for Reflecting
Locate a Mentor Teacher
Identify Essential Tasks
Orientate Assigned Paraprofessionals
Establish a Communication System
Get to Know Your School Checklist
Preplanning Checklist
Monthly Planning Checklist
Postplanning Checklist
Correspondence Log
Student Emergency Information
Noninstructional Classroom Supply Checklist
Instructional Classroom Supply Checklist
Classroom Inventory Checklist
Paraprofessional's Classroom Responsibilties Checklist
Student Service Information
Present Levels of Performance
Self-Evaluation Instrument for the Special Education Teacher
Suggestions for Working With a Paraprofessional
Web Sites for Parents and Students
Assistive Technology Information
Understanding Students With Disabilities
Review Student Information
Conduct Student Surveys and Inventories
Review Recognized Disabilities in IDEA
Student Folder Checklist
Student Profile
Student Academic Inventory
Student Learning Styles Survey
Student Interest Survey
Placing Students in the Least Restrictive Environment
Review of Service Delivery Models
The Placement Decision
Classroom Accommodations and Modifications
Monitoring Students in the General Education Setting
Tips for the Regular Education Teacher
Selecting the Least Restrictive Environment Checklist
Teacher Summary Report
Classroom Adaptations
Classroom Adaptation Evaluation
Student's Materials List
Teacher Directions for Completing Student Monitor Forms
Student Monitor Form
Student Monitor Results Summary
Individual Student Progress Report Summary
Individual Student Final Grade Summary
Defining Accommodations and Modifications
Suggestions for Tests Adaptions
Managing the Classroom
Review the School's Policies and Procedures Pertaining to Student and Teacher Expectations
Ensure the Physical Arrangement and Decor of the Classroom Is Inviting and Conducive to Learning
Ensure the Classroom Climate Is Supportive and Reflects a Sense of Mutual Respect Between Teacher and Students
Communicate All Expectations for Students' Academic Performance and Behaviors in the Classroom
Develop Classroom Policies and Procedures That Clearly Regulate All Activities
Daily Point System
Behavior Contract
Student Progress Report
Classroom Policies and Procedures Checklist
Classroom Management Plan Evaluation
Tips for Classroom Arrangement
Bulletin Boards Guidelines and Information
Tips for Communicating With Students and Parents
Tips for Developing Classroom Rules and Consequences
Tips for Developing Behavior Modification Plans
Teaching All Students
Preparing for Instruction
Planning and Implementing Effective Lesson Plans
Instructional Strategies for All Students
Evaluating Student Progress
IEP Goals and Objectives Checklist
Classroom Teacher's Instructional Materials List
Class Schedule
Weekly Lesson Plan
Guide to Locating Instructional Materials
Technology-Connected Lesson Plan Form
Preparing for a Successful Parent Conference
Essential Tasks for All Parent-Teacher Conferences
Essential Information for the Progress Report Conference
Essential Information for the Problem-Solving Conference
Conference Notification
Conference Reminder
Conference Minutes
Conference Summary
Teacher Guidelines for Parent Conferences
Parent Tips for Conference Preparation
Dealing With the Anger of Parents
Understanding Education Assessments
Review Basic Test and Measurement Information
Understand the Levels of Educational Assessments in Schools
Know the Current IDEA Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Assessing Students With Disabilities
Review of Alternate Assessments
Review of Appropriate Assessment Accommodations
Test Administration Checklist
Educational Assessments
Possible Accommodations for Students With Disabilities
Formative and Summative Assessments
Writing a Legal and Effective Individualized Education Program
The Legal Requirements of an IEP
Understanding the Components of an IEP
Involving Students and Parents in the IEP Process
Essential Information for the Annual IEP
Four Pillars of NCLB
IEP Reference Materials
Preparing Students for Transition
Understanding the Legal Aspects of Transition
Prepare Students for Movement to a New School
Prepare Students for Post-School Endeavors
High School 4-Year Plan
Unit of Credit Checklist
Work-Based Student Evaluation
Student's Critique of Job Site
Students With Disabilities Preparing for Post secondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
Work Behavior Training Strategies for Vocational Training With Students With Disabilities
Job Accommodations for People With Mental Retardation (MR) or Other Developmental Disabilities (DD)
Preparing a Plan for Professional Learning
Formulate a Professional Learning Plan
Develop a Professional Portfolio
Join a Professional Organization
Read Professional Organization
Enroll in Advanced College Courses or Professional Learning Classes
Participate in a Professional Learning Community
Professional Development Plan
Portfolio Format for the Professional Educator
Conference Planning Guide
The Special Education Teacher's Guide to Professional Organizations
The Special Education Teacher's Guide to Professional Periodicals
The Special Education Teacher's Guide to Professional Books
Web Sites for Special Education Teachers
Emergencies in the School Setting
Physical Health Issues of Students
Mental Health Issues of Students
Review of Natural Disasters
Acts of Violence
Medical History
Emergency Medical Plan
Medical Incident Report
Medical Incident Log
Classroom "Go-Kit" Supplies
Recommended First Aid Supplies
Stress Management for the First-Year Teacher
Tips for Stress Management
Support Organizations for Students
Guide to Locating Instructional Materials
Education Terminology
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