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The Inclusive Classroom: Books for Educators

The Inclusive Classroom

Browse this list of recommended books about how to create and sustain inclusive classrooms that support the social, emotional, and academic growth of all students.

Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Inclusive Classroom

By: Barbara Boroson
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

Now completely updated and expanded, this guide supports teachers every step of the way in creating a classroom that is responsive to the needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder — while keeping your other students and yourself going strong. With 1 in 68 children currently diagnosed with ASD, this is a useful resource for K-8 teachers. Learn how unique individuals on the autistic spectrum differ in their abilities and how these differences may be incorporated in reaching them and teaching them.

Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms to Support Children with Challenging Behaviors

By: Rebecca A. Moyes
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

Teachers know that half the challenge of teaching is setting up an effective learning environment. This book is designed to help you structure your classroom so that even kids who struggle with sensory overload (like many kids with autism do) will feel comfortable. The author places an emphasis on using data from student observations to craft a classroom that will support your specific students and their needs.

Don't We Already Do Inclusion?: 100 Ideas for Improving Inclusive Schools

By: Paula Kluth, Allison Fiutak
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

Are you trying to grow the inclusive schooling model in your community? Do you feel like you have tried everything to create change in your school? Do you want to sharpen the saw and become reenergized as an advocate or educator? The activities, examples, and illustrations in the book are designed to help participants refine their vision and their skills when it comes to inclusion. The ideas are free or low cost, and many can be achieved by any number of stakeholders including students and families.

From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks: 100 Ways to Differentiate Instruction in K-12 Inclusive Classrooms

By: Paula Kluth, Sheila Danaher
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

These ready-to-use, research-based adaptations enhance motivation and improve achievement for all children — including English-language learners and students with autism, emotional disabilities, cognitive disabilities, learning disabilities and other special needs. Includes easy adaptations in 10 key areas: organization; environment and sensory; technology; communication and participation; behavior and motivation; teaching and learning; literacy; math; study and review; and assessment

Inclusion in Action: Practical Strategies to Modify Your Curriculum

By: Nicole Eredics
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

How can K–12 educators break down the barriers to full inclusion and teach all learners effectively? Get guidance on key topics like team collaboration, universal design for learning, co-teaching, social-emotional supports, and accommodations. You'll get 40 specific, teacher-tested strategies to modify your curriculum for students who work below grade level.

Setting Up Classroom Spaces That Support Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders

By: Susan Kabot, Christine Reeve
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

Teacher's Survival Guide: The Inclusive Classroom

By: Jeffrey Bakken, Cynthia Simpson, Vicky Spencer
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

This book addresses the most important issues new teachers face when working with students with disabilities. Topics covered include professional expectations, collaborating with other teachers and therapists, establishing parent relationships that enhance communication, creating an effective learning environment that meets all students' needs, managing the classroom, using technology wisely, assessing student progress, and planning successful academic instruction. The book includes reproducible pages, tip sheets, and checklists, along with a detailed resource list.

 

The Inclusion Toolbox: Strategies and Techniques for All Teachers

By: Jennifer Kurth, Megan Gross
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

An all-in-one resource that combines research-based strategies and practical tools to help you design and implement a truly inclusive education program. You’ll discover: step-by-step plans for implementing new programs; guidance on how to strengthen existing inclusive programs; strategies to empower and involve families, students with disabilities, and their peers; and tools to assess student interests and develop adaptation plans.

The Inclusive Education Checklist: A Self-Assessment of Best Practices

By: Richard Villa, Jacqueline Thousand
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

The book offers a checklist of 15 key inclusive education best practices that together comprise quality inclusive education. Each chapter details an individual best practice and provides a list of best practice indicators that deconstruct the best practice. Readers are instructed to rate the degree to which the each indicator occurs in their schools. The Inclusive Education Checklist is an important resource for helping schools, districts, administrators, policy makers, teachers, paraprofessionals and all those committed to inclusive education understand what inclusion is, where their school is on the journey to being truly inclusive, and what needs to be done to ensure continuous improvement.

Universal Design Daily: 365 Ways to Teach, Support & Challenge All Learners

By: Paula Kluth
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

This user-friendly guide was created to help educators learn more about universal design by exploring the practices associated with it. The book features dozens of ideas for providing multiple methods of engagement (e.g., creating personalized learning plans, using collaborative activities, engaging in community building), multiple methods of action and expression (e.g., providing assessment choices, encouraging dialogue, introducing assistive technology), and multiple methods of representation (e.g., teaching with powerful visuals, trying new presentation software, using more than one mode of output during a lecture).

Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice

By: David Rose, Anne Meyer, David Gordon
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

In the 1990s, Anne Meyer, David Rose, and their colleagues at CAST introduced universal design for learning (UDL), a framework to improve teaching and learning. This new look at UDL provides insights from research on learner differences, first-hand accounts and exemplars of how to implement UDL at all levels and across subjects using the UDL Guidelines, and opportunities to participate in a UDL community

You're Going to Love This Kid!: Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom

By: Paula Kluth
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

Find fresh ways to welcome and teach students with autism. The book includes ​forms, checklists, and planning tools that make it easy for teachers to implement the suggested strategies; photos of curricular adaptations, sensory supports, and classroom scenes; and tips on improving literacy, implementing positive behavior support, and collaborating effectively with families. This updated edition also includes information on fostering friendships, building communication skills, planning challenging and multidimensional lessons, and adapting the curriculum and the physical environment. 

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