A Practical Guide for Special Education Professionals by Lisa R. ChurchillA Practical Guide for Special Education Professionals by Lisa R. Churchill

A Practical Guide for Special Education Professionals

byLisa R. Churchill, Rita Mulholland, Michelle R. Cepello

Paperback | September 26, 2007

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A Practical Guide for Special Education Professionals is a resource guidebook, the purpose of which is to provide practical information and suggestions to help the special education teacher survive and eventually succeed in the school and classroom setting. This book is written to be used as a quick reference.  Thus, the chapters are presented in a brief, user-friendly format.  The guidebook's content presents an overview of the major elements in special education:  The Individualized Education Program (IEP), Classroom and Individual Behavior Management, Assessment for Instruction, Supervision of Paraprofessionals, Instructional Planning and Strategies, Collaborative Consultation, Home-School Partnerships, and Stress Reduction Strategies and Time Management Techniques. Each chapter prepares the teacher to work effectively in special education by supplying strategies and practical tips for working directly with pupils and other adults in the educational setting.     



  • Guidebook's content presents an overview or "big picture" of the major elements in the field of special education.  Selected topics are essential for teacher survival and readily applicable to the  classroom setting.

    • Gives a quick, user friendly  reference and overview for teaching students with special needs as well as for working successfully with adults.
  • One chapter does not rely on information contained  in a previous chapter.

    • Allows teachers to access chapter materials in on an individualized as- needed-basis.  Beginning special education teachers "need it all" and the sooner the better.  The organization of the book permits teachers to quickly reference chapter contents and obtain practical information and resources to assist their daily activities. 

  • Teaching Tips, Forms, Charts, and Tables that summarize and underscore information for the reader.

    • Enables teachers to easily find solutions to the problems encountered in their work, including working  with students, parents, other teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals.

  • The authors consider the IEP the "heart of special education."  The chapter on IEP Legal and Pragmatic Issues provides up to date information and practical suggestions and forms to guide the special education teacher to successfully participate in this process and complete the required paperwork.  This chapter takes the teacher step by step through the IEP meeting process and assists in understanding  Present Levels of Performance (PLEP) , Response to Intervention RtI), and Writing, Monitoring, and Reporting IEP Goals.

    • Gives clear, concise information on the IEP process and document and   "demystifies" the IEP. Provides professors with useful tools for instruction on the IEP.

  • Two  features that emphasize reflection are "Take A Moment" and  "Explorations."    Both provide focused questions and structured activities to promote self-reflection and application of the chapters' content.

    • Provides teachers with an understanding of their roles and responsibilities as a special educator by reflecting on content through focused questions and applicable activities. 

  • Chapter on stress reduction strategies and time management  techniques addresses the "overwhelmed" feeling that most special educators experience as they enter the profession.

    • Provides tips and strategies for improving multitasking skills.

    • Technology tools and resources are featured in the book.  Assisted Technology, Universal Design, Grading Websites, and Web Site Resources are described.


Title:A Practical Guide for Special Education ProfessionalsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 10.8 × 8.2 × 0.6 inPublished:September 26, 2007Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:013172021X

ISBN - 13:9780131720213


Table of Contents

Chapter 1        Overview of Special Education

Chapter 2        The Individualized Education Program

Chapter 3        Classroom Management and Organization

Chapter 4        Individual Behavior Management

Chapter 5        Assessment for Instruction

Chapter 6        Instructional Planning

Chapter 7        Instructional Strategies

Chapter 8        Supervision of Paraprofessionals

Chapter 9        Collaborative Consultation

Chapter 10      Home-School Partnerships

Chapter 11      Survival to Success!  Stress Reduction and Time Management Strategies