Features and Benefits

Text features and benefits include:

A strong focus on applying strategies with numerous learning activities and sample lessons for both elementary and secondary classrooms.

  • Chapter-opening Interviews present the stories of teachers, students, or parents directly related to the central ideas of the chapter. Each story also identifies issues and personal responses that set the tone for the material that follows.

    • End-of-chapter Think and Apply questions, activities, and dilemmas challenge readers to integrate and apply the materials presented.

    • Widely popular 60-Second Lesson features present brief mini-lessons with specific, concrete examples of how a teacher can make a difference for students with disabilities or diverse needs in only one minute of time.

    • Tips for Teachers offer specific advice, guidelines for teaching practice, and step-by-step procedures.

    • Activities for All Learners present sample lessons that include objectives, procedures, and application suggestions for classroom implementation.

    • Tech Tips provide access to resources teachers can use in the classroom to enhance success for all learners, particularly students with special needs.

An easy-to-use, more engaging guide to current content, trends, and strategies. Key changes include:

  • UPDATED: Streamlined content that offers more strategies and more examples that help students visualize the classroom experience.

  • UPDATED: Evidence-based research practices throughout the text that are based on the most current research and instructional strategies.

  • UPDATED: A revised and updated Chapter 2 on response to intervention (RTI) and multitiered systems of support (MTSS) which reflects the most current research and strategies. In addition, chapters throughout this text integrate and highlight information regarding understanding and using research-based practices within an RTI framework.

  • UPDATED: A new discussion that covers the use of response to intervention to improve opportunities for linguistically and culturally diverse students and reduce their disproportionate representation in special education programs (Chapter 4).

  • UPDATED: Significantly updated information about identifying students with learning disabilities and ADHD in Chapter 6, in addition to new research, strategies, and resources throughout the chapter.

  • UPDATED: An enhanced section on the role of the speech and language pathologist, and a new strategy on how to describe practices you could suggest to the parents of a child with a speech or language disorder to support the child’s communication (Chapter 7).

  • UPDATED: An exploration of how and why to implement functional behavioral assessment during any of the tiers of the RTI framework which is included in the discussion of targeting behavior problems (Chapter 8).

  • UPDATED: Chapter 10, “Teaching Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities,” has been updated significantly, with new research, sections, strategies, and definitions.

  • UPDATED: Integration of the Common Core State Standards in English language arts including reading (Chapter 14), writing (Chapter 15), and listening—as well as mathematics (Chapter 16)—that is expanded to provide specific applications of the standards for students with special needs.


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  • Application Exercises help students apply their learning. Interactive Application Exercises and Assessments involving the analysis of dynamic videos, case studies, and artifacts help students apply and internalize their learning. Engaging in these learning experiences helps students practice and strengthen skills that prepare them for classroom observation and teaching.