Connecting Teachers, Students, and Standards: Strategies for Success in Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms

Connecting Teachers, Students, and Standards: Strategies for Success in Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms

Connecting Teachers, Students, and Standards: Strategies for Success in Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms

Connecting Teachers, Students, and Standards: Strategies for Success in Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms

Synopsis

Creating and sustaining a classroom where every learner succeeds is a challenge for any teacher--especially when the elements of diversity and inclusion are added to the mix. How can teachers differentiate instruction in ways that help all students meet standards and develop lifelong learning skills?

The authors of Connecting Teachers, Students, and Standards provide a comprehensive framework for reaching and teaching English language learners, students from culturally diverse backgrounds, and students with disabilities. In this book, you'll learn how to

• Select the best instructional methods and materials for diverse learners

• Create classrooms that are welcoming, practical, and conducive to learning

• Develop classroom content that allows every student to achieve standards while meeting the individual needs of diverse learners

• Collaborate effectively with fellow teachers and education specialists

• Administer assessments that challenge and accommodate diverse learners

The book includes helpful, real-world scenarios that provide tips for connecting with diverse students in the classroom, communicating with their families, and coordinating efforts with colleagues. Packed with practical strategies for handling difficult issues, this is a go-to guide for any teacher facing the complexities of helping diverse learners flourish at school and beyond.

Excerpt

Today’s schools are becoming increasingly diverse. Many teachers find that their classrooms are populated by English language learners, gifted students, students with disabilities, and students who are culturally diverse. Nearly half of all students in U.S. public schools (42 percent) are students of color, approximately 20 percent of students speak a language other than English at home, and approximately 14 percent of students have an identified disability (U.S. Department of Education, 2007a). Approximately half of the students who have an identified disability spend 80 percent of their school day in general education classrooms (U.S. Department of Education, 2007b). To add to this diversity, approximately 12 percent of students in public schools are labeled as gifted and talented (Friend, 2007). Like their peers with disabilities, gifted and talented students also are integrated into general education classrooms. All of these differences make teaching more interesting and exciting as well as more complex.

Educational Trends That Affect Teaching

Standards-Based Reform

Despite a wide range of student differences—or perhaps because of it— there is an increased emphasis to have all students reach the same academic . . .

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