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Embracing Disabilities in the Classroom Strategies to Maximize Students' Assets by Toby J. Karten

Embracing Disabilities in the Classroom Strategies to Maximize Students' Assets


Embracing Disabilities in the Classroom Strategies to Maximize Students' Assets by Toby J. Karten

This book illustrates how teachers, students, families, and community members can foster positive inclusive experiences by differentiating not only instruction, but attitudes too! Content-rich interdisciplinary lessons are accompanied by behavioural, academic, and social interventions that capitalize upon students' strengths. The author demonstrates the impact of literature, self-advocacy, role playing, and strategic interventions that make the most of learners' potential by acknowledging and advocating their assets. The book offers lessons, tables, guidelines and charts to help teachers improve both interactions and reflection related to disabilities in school settings and beyond.


This is a must for all educators, current and future. The clear lessons help new teachers adapt their weekly plans to benefit all students. -- Lori DiSarro, Special Education Teacher Karten clearly outlines a practical path to meeting the needs of all learners. -- Gregory Duffy, Principal Karten has put together an excellent resource that should be a must-have for all professionals in special education. She provides not only an excellent background of special education in the classroom, but also a comprehensive source to aid in quick and easy activity plans. The book helps both the novice and the expert special educator identify functional and meaningful strategies that work in the school setting. -- Michele Kaplan, Speech Language Pathologist As a beginning teacher, I have used Karten's previous books for great ideas for starting my teaching career. This book provides the same great examples and strategies not only for special education teachers, but for ALL teachers! -- Kristi Tinnes, Special Education Teacher An obvious wealth of information, Karten continues to offer the latest strategies to maximize student success in the special education setting! An exceptional resource for those looking for an understanding of not only the history and legislation, but also the content lessons that work! -- Fatima Ramirez, Special Education Teacher A must-have resource for all educators, this book is filled with creative, hands-on strategies for children of all ages and grade levels K-12 in all content areas. Both general and special educators will find a variety of practical, valuable strategies that they can use immediately in the classroom. Karten has written another winner! -- Lynn DeCapua, Assistant Professor of Education Very informative. Provides background historical information, current trends, suggestions for novice teachers, and new ideas for experienced teachers. -- Leslie Hitchens, Special Education Teacher Addresses a very critical and pertinent topic in education today. It is so important that the needs of students with disabilities be met to give them the opportunity to succeed. -- Kathy Sessions, Emotional Behavioral Disorder Teacher The practical aspects of the book provide a wealth of ideas about how educators can make modifications and accommodations for individuals in their classrooms while fostering a positive and inclusive atmosphere. -- Anne Beveridge, Coordinator of Primary Years Program

About the Author

Learn more about Toby Karten's PD offerings Toby J. Karten is an experienced educator who has been immersed in the field of special education for her entire career. As an accomplished author and researcher, she has presented successful staff development to local, national, and international audiences. Toby is affiliated with Drew and Monmouth University and is an adjunct professor and graduate instructor at the Regional Training Center, which is affiliated with Gratz College and The College of New Jersey. Being involved in the field of special education for the past three decades has afforded Ms. Karten an opportunity to help many children and adults from elementary through graduate levels around the world. She has been a resource teacher, staff developer, adult educator, and inclusion coach and consultant in New York and New Jersey schools and in many districts nationally and globally. In addition to her roles as an inclusion coach, student and family advocate, professional developer, mentor and resource teacher, Toby designed graduate courses titled From Challenge to Success; LD, ADHD, and the Spectrum and Skills and Strategies for Inclusion and disABILITY Awareness. She has trained instructors in three states to teach her courses. In addition, she has designed online courses for NaMaYa titled Collaborative Practices for Inclusive Classrooms and Interventions for Students with Dyslexia and Other Reading Differences. She has been recognized by both the Council for Exceptional Children and the New Jersey Department of Education as an exemplary educator, receiving two Teacher of the Year awards. She earned an undergraduate degree in special education from Brooklyn College, a master of science in special education from the College of Staten Island, a supervisory degree from Georgian Court University, and an honorary doctorate from Gratz College. Toby has authored several books and resources about inclusion practices and the CCSS, which are currently used for instruction on many college and university campuses and schools throughout the world. Ms. Karten is married, has a son, and a few dogs. She enjoys teaching, reading, writing, artwork, and most of all, learning. Toby believes that inclusion does not begin and end in the classroom, but is a philosophy that continues throughout life. Hence, inclusion is not only research-based, but life-based as well!

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Publication date

4th June 2008


Toby J. Karten

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SAGE Publications Inc


296 pages


Teaching of specific groups & persons with special educational needs



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