Good teachers have the desire and ability to accept the challenge of meeting the needs of diverse students in the general education classroom if they are provided with the appropriate knowledge and resources.
Special Education for All Teachers focuses on relevant and practical issues in educating students with special needs and students who are at risk for learning problems in the general education classroom. The information provided is intended to give a greater understanding of these students which will lead to the acceptance of them and their diverse needs in school and society.
The 7th edition of Special Education for All Teachers:
- has expanded and updated chapter contents while continuing to incorporate the latest research.
- features web resources, classroom application activities, internet resources, case studies, and more!
- addresses cultural and linguistic diversity, collaboration with families and professionals, the response to intervention, referral, and placement process, and much more.
- presents the laws for special education.
Chapter 1 Teaching Every Student: A Mandate for Today
Chapter 2 The Legal Foundation for Special Education
Chapter 3 The Response to Intervention, Referral, and Placement Process
Chapter 4 Collaboration with Families and Professionals
Chapter 5 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Issues in Education
Chapter 6 Students with Learning Differences Affecting Achievement
Chapter 7 Approaches to Instruction for Students with Learning Differences
Chapter 8 Students with Behavior Differences Affecting Achievement
Chapter 9 Managing Behavior for Effective Learning
Chapter 10 Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Chapter 11 Students with Sensory, Communication, Physical, and Health Impairments
Chapter 12 Students with Moderate to Severe Intellectual Disability
Chapter 13 Gifted and Talented: The Overlooked Exceptionality
Ronald P Colarusso
Ronald Colarusso is currently Professor Emeritus of Special Education and Dean Emeritus of Georgia State University’s College of Education. He served as Dean of Georgia State University’s College of Education from 2001 through 2007. Previously, Dr. Colarusso was Chair and Professor of the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education at the University. He held a joint appointment in the Department of Special Education and Early Childhood Education. His public school teaching experience and background are in the areas of early childhood special education, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, assessment, and parent involvement.
His teaching philosophy takes a collaborative, student centered approach to projects in order to get students involved in real research and real activity. As Dean he instated Professional Education programs that are field based in high needs urban schools and give the University faculty the opportunity to work with schools in the community.
Dr. Colarusso’s interests focus on the preparation of Special Educators and General Educators in high needs urban schools. He holds several committee assignments and memberships with various academic, community, and professional associations that focus on special education and urban education issues. Dr. Colarusso earned his B.S. at Bloomsburg State College and his M.Ed. and Ed.D. at Temple University.
Colleen M O'Rourke
Colleen O’Rourke is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education at Georgia State University in the College of Education. She served as the program coordinator for the Communication Disorders Program in the College for 17 years. She has been active in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for many years, serving as the Vice President for Academic Affairs in Audiology, a member of the Board of Ethics and as Convention co-chair. She also was a member of the Board of the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and the Board of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Dr. O’Rourke was instrumental in the design and development of the College’s undergraduate course that addresses the educational needs of students with disabilities. She received the College’s Outstanding Teaching Award for that work. The course is now required for all students who plan to earn certification and work in a school setting (general educators, special educators, counselors, speech-language pathologists, etc.).
Her approach to teaching and supervision is to assist students in the application of theory to practice, promoting hands-on learning and evidence-based practice. Dr. O’Rourke earned her B.S. at the University of Cincinnati and her M.A. and Ph.D. at Wayne State University.