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Using RTI to Teach Literacy to Diverse Learners, K-8 Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom by Sheila Alber-Morgan

Using RTI to Teach Literacy to Diverse Learners, K-8 Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom


Using RTI to Teach Literacy to Diverse Learners, K-8 Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom by Sheila Alber-Morgan

Designed for practicing and preservice teachers and focused on strengthening literacy in both primary and secondary inclusion classrooms, this book emphasizes programming for generalization and maintenance of reading and writing skills. Sheila Alber-Morgan presents empirically validated practices for teaching language arts such as guided notes, response cards, peer-mediated instruction, self-monitoring, direct instruction, curriculum-based measurement, and response to intervention. Readers will also find motivating activities for integrating language arts for enrichment or remediation. Using RTI to Teach Literacy to Diverse Learners, K-8 is an ideal working tool that allows teachers to read about and immediately implement the author's instructional procedures for reading and writing in their own classrooms.


Alber-Morgan clearly and concisely articulates the theoretical and empirical bases of RTI-an important and worthy achievement. For the classroom teacher, her book provides numerous assessment and instructional strategies for turning the great promise of RTI into reality for students. The book outlines five powerful strategies for increasing the likelihood that students will remember and later use the literacy skills they have learned. Each strategy for programming generalization is then fleshed out with specific examples at the tactical level. -- William L. Heward, Professor Emeritus By placing scientifically based assessment and instruction into the RTI context, the author offers readers an opportunity to select practices in accordance with student needs, their responsiveness to instruction, and existing federal and state mandates. The text comes with easy-to understand graphics, practical applications, and numerous instructional resources. This book can be used with preservice and inservice teachers and as a primary text in teacher education courses. The assessment and instructional strategies provided have strong empirical support that meets educators
needs now and in years to come.

-- Larry Maheady, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction In a small volume, Sheila Alber-Morgan addresses RTI in a much more comprehensive way than other texts. The book provides critical features of RTI across reading, writing, handwriting, and spelling. Each area is supported by strategies for assessment and multi-tiered instruction grounded in basic principles of applied behavior analysis, UDL, generalization, and inclusion. It is packed with practical information for each tier and many references for greater elaboration. -- Nancy L. Cooke, Associate Professor of Special Education Sheila Alber-Morgan has written an information-rich book that teachers will find clearly written, interesting, and remarkably helpful for assessing and implementing literacy interventions in inclusive classrooms. -- Richard M. Kubina Jr., Associate Professor of Special Education The author makes a significant contribution to establishing evidence-based and data-driven programs for diverse learners. The text provides a clear and comprehensive approach that can be used at all levels of teacher development, and serve as a primary text in teacher education courses. Alber-Morgan combines a thorough knowledge of progress monitoring using curriculum-based measurement (CBM) with summaries and illustrations of evidence-based practices in reading, writing, and learning subject matter content. The book is filled with useful references and many tables and figures that have practical application to daily practice. -- Stanley L. Deno, Professor Emeritus

About the Author

Sheila Alber-Morgan has been an associate professor of special education at The Ohio State University since 2005. She was also a faculty member at The University of Southern Mississippi for eight years. After teaching for several years in inclusive classrooms in both urban and rural South Carolina, Dr. Alber-Morgan began doctoral training at The Ohio State University and earned her Ph.D. in 1997. For the past 15 years, Dr. Alber-Morgan's research has focused on examining the effects of various literacy interventions on the learning outcomes of elementary and secondary students with and without disabilities. Additionally, her research incorporates strategies for programming for generalization and maintenance of academic and social skills. Almost all of Dr. Alber-Morgan's research has been designed and implemented in collaboration with classroom teachers, and she has over 50 research and practitioner publications including peer reviewed journal articles, textbook ancillaries, and book chapters.

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Publication date

8th June 2010


Sheila Alber-Morgan

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SAGE Publications Inc


152 pages


Teaching of a specific subject
Educational: English language: reading & writing skills
Inclusive education / mainstreaming



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