Praise for the companion volume for grades K-5:'A great resource for new teachers and veterans . . . full of tips and ideas that any teacher can use to prevent problems from occurring. Should be in every special education classroom.' uTherese Kwiatkowski, Director of Special Education, Cooperative Educational Service Agency 'As a former special education teacher, I highly recommend this book for all those who want to be more effective in every aspect of their work. All of the special education teachers at my school will have copies of this practical guide.'uMarybeth Sandvig, Principal, Manitoba K-8 School, Milwaukee, WI This practical guide is for novice special education teachers or for experienced teachers who are new to special education.aThe authorsacover some of the most critical challenges these teachers face, including specially designed instruction, legal responsibilities, positive behavioral supports, and working with co-teachers, teacher assistants, families, support staff, administrators, and others within the school community.This useful book offers 80 clear, concise, well-organized, teacher-tested, and easy-to-access strategies, each involving five or fewer points and none requiring extensive pre-planning prior to implementation. Ideas are presented in a no-nonsense format designed to help the special educator feel competent, organized, and well prepared. There are no statistics, theories, or in-depth literature reviews, but special education teachers can count on finding a clear-sighted focus on shaping the structure of their teaching day to ensure that learners with special needs, as well as general education learners, succeed in their classrooms.
Jill A. Lindberg retired from Milwaukee Public Schools in June 2003 and is currently a supervising teacher for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her teaching experience includes six years as a mentor teacher, assisting both general and special education teachers in Milwaukee Public Schools. She has taught students with specific learning disabilities, students with emotional/behavior disabilities, and students with hearing impairment. She has coauthored five books in the Common-Sense Classroom Management series with educators from the Milwaukee area. She has a degree in exceptional education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dianne Evans Kelley has taught students with emotional/ behavioral disabilities in both inclusive and more restrictive classrooms for 10 years. Currently, she is an assistant professor in the special education department at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. She has worked as a special education program support teacher for the Milwaukee Public Schools, where she provided inservice training and classroom-based support to teachers throughout the district. Kelley has worked with middle and high-school beginning special education teachers affiliated with the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee/Milwaukee Public Schools Special Education Internship Program. She has been an educational consultant since 1989 and has presented at the local, state, and national level on such topics as positive behavioral supports for students with challenging behavior and classroom management. Kelley has a master's degree in special education and is currently working toward a doctorate in urban education/special education.