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While reading skills are necessary for life-long learning and success, many students experience reading difficulties and a disproportionate number are from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds. Since students of CLD backgrounds sometimes miss basic literacy skills in the early grades, instruction in foundational literacy skills is critical. This resource illustrates how teachers can improve reading achievement for students of CLD backgrounds by combining research-supported best practices with instruction that is culturally responsive. Readers will find a range of interventions correlated with the five critical areas of reading instruction based on the National Reading Panel Report. Written by experts in the areas of cultural diversity and/or literacy, this book presents classroom techniques and learning strategies for working effectively with students from CLD backgrounds at all grade levels, from primary through to secondary school.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781412957748
ISBN-10: 1412957745
Format: Paperback
(279mm x 215mm x 15mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Corwin Press Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 17-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Bob Algozzine

Bob Algozzine is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina and project codirector of the U.S. Department of Education-supported Behavior and Reading Improvement Center. With 25 years of research experience and extensive firsthand knowledge of teaching students classified as seriously emotionally disturbed, Algozzine is a uniquely qualified staff developer, conference speaker, and teacher of behavior management and effective teaching courses. He is active in special education practice as a partner and collaborator with professionals in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools in North Carolina and as an editor of several journals focused on special education. Algozzine has written more than 250 manuscripts on special education topics, including many books and textbooks on how to manage emotional and social behavior problems. Dorothy J. (Doris) O'Shea, Ph.D., currently with the Chester County Intermediate Unit, Downingtown, Pennsylvania, taught Special Education courses at the tertiary level for more than 25 years, after receiving her doctorate in Special Education from the Pennsylvania State University in 1983. Additionally, she worked as a Special Education classroom teacher and school administrator for more than 11 years. During her 36-year career, Dr. O'Shea developed an independent line of research and scholarship related to literacy, instructional strategies, legal issues, and work with diverse families. In addition to securing extramural research funding in inclusion, instructional strategies, literacy, and personnel preparation, she is/was on the editorial board for major journals in the Special Education discipline (i.e., Multicultural Learning and Teaching, TEACHING Exceptional Children, Journal of Learning Disabilities, Teacher Education and Special Education, Behavioral Disorders, and Remedial and Special Education). Dr. O'Shea authored or co-authored over 80 books, book chapters, and/or articles in refereed Special Education journals. Since 1998, she worked as a Pennsylvania Special Education Due Process Hearing Officer and conducted more than 250 special education due process hearings on behalf of families and school districts. Festus E. Obiakor, Ph.D., is the Chief Executive Manager, Sunny Educational Consulting, Shorewood, Wisconsin. He has served as Department Head and Professor, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia and The City College of New York, New York. A teacher, scholar, leader, and consultant, he has served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at a variety of universities. He is the author of more than 150 publications, including books, articles, and commentaries; and he has presented papers at many national and international conferences. He serves on the editorial boards of reputable nationally and internationally refereed journals, including Multicultural Learning and Teaching (MLT) in which he serves as Executive Editor. Dr. Obiakor is a leader who has been involved in many landmark scholarly works in the fields of general and special education, with particular focus on African American and other culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) learners and he continues to prescribe multidimensional methods of assessment, teaching, and intervention for these individuals. Based on this premise, Dr. Obiakor created the Comprehensive Support Model (CSM), an intervention model that values the collaborative, consultative, and cooperative energies of students, families, teachers/service providers, communities, and government agencies.

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