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Inclusion Strategies That Work!

Research-Based Methods for the Classroom

By: Toby J. Karten

This new edition of the classic book on including students with diverse needs in educational success is strategically updated with the latest research-based practices and inclusion policy developments.

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483319902
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2015
  • Page Count: 448
  • Publication date: January 14, 2015

Price: $44.95

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The go-to resource for ensuring the success of ALL learners!

Teaching students with diverse needs require educators to tap deep reserves of instructional know-how, empathy, responsiveness, and patience. And the mark of a great educator is ensuring that ALL learners reach their full potential - academically and emotionally.

For years, Inclusion Strategies that Work! has been an indispensable resource for K-12 teachers as they confidently assess, instruct, and differentiate inclusive lesson plans and strategies for inclusion. In this new edition, Toby J. Karten’s data-driven methods are updated with the latest research, connections to the Common Core, and legislative developments.

Beginning with a thoughtful look at why inclusion is so essential, Karten provides valuable advice on co-planning structured lessons, ways to leverage technology, and much more, including:

  • Updated information on ADA, IDEA, writing IEPs, transitional services, classifications, RTI, metacognitive strategies, and links to the Common Core
  • Tips for collaboratively working with families and making them an integral part of the inclusive team
  • Interactive strategies and techniques that make concepts real in the classroom by honoring each individual student, and by not permitting a label to define a student or lower academic, behavioral, social, and emotional expectations
  • An overview of special education legislative terminology
  • Information on how to use emotional intelligence and brain-friendly learning to improve student outcomes
  • Interactive online forms for planning, documentation, and collaboration

 With this comprehensive resource, you will be equipped with the tools to transform your classroom into a more inclusive environment to ensure that each learner achieves success!

Inclusion Strategies That Work! Third Edition is a must for administrators, general and special educators, related staff, and families who are looking for the one reference book on inclusion. Not only does it provide a wealth of information, it directs the reader to a host of other valuable resources and covers important basics which other professional books fail to address. Toby Karten’s sensitivity to respecting and meeting the diverse needs for students underscores the book. She embraces differences and provides a roadmap to inclusion. “
- Tobie Franklin, Director of Learning Support
The IDEAL School of Manhattan

"Ms. Karten brings a lifetime of experience and a common sense approach to teaching and working with students with disabilities in inclusive environments. This book places comprehensive strategies, resources and suggestions that are critical for success into the hands of all educators."

-Kathy Graham, Special Education Specialist

Region 3 Education Service Center, Victoria, TX

Key features

The challenges of an inclusive classroom can often be overwhelming. Don't miss the most comprehensive guide to show you how to make inclusion work!

Topics include:

  • Understanding special education legislative terminology
  • Strategies for establishing successful inclusive classrooms
  • Introducing social skills into the curriculum, including addressing emotional intelligences
  • Technology-driven classroom activities and resources to maximize student performance
  • Collaborative planning and documentation for educators, parents, and students with defined goals and outcomes
  • Study skills and assessment techniques that emphasize mastery and retention




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Toby J. Karten

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!

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Inclusive Activities and Worksheets for Teachers and Students



About the Author

1. Examining the Research Base and Legal Considerations in Special Education, CCSS Connections, and the Reasons for Inclusion

     Disability Legislation

     Introduction: Why Do Inclusion?

     Establishing Legislative Knowledge

     Disability Categories Under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

     History of the Americans with Disabilities Act

     Civil Rights for Students with Disabilities Under Section 504

     Past, Present, and Future Concerns

     Common Core State Standards

     Cooperative Legislative Review

     Implications of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

     Translating Research Into Learning Strategies That Work

     Inclusion and the Student With Disabilities

2. Understanding Complicated Special Education Terminology and the Effects of Labels

     Disability Introspection

     Being Treated Differently

     Merits of Individuality

     Disability Awareness Classroom Suggestions

     Viewing Differences in Books and Movies

     Different Choices

     Preparation for Successful Inclusion

     Focusing on Abilities

3. Establishing Successful Inclusive Classrooms

     Strategies That Work With All Learners

     Effective Ingredients

     Applying Diverse Strategies

     Strategic CCSS Applications

     Establishing Prior Knowledge

     The Goal of Special Education

     Motivating and Personalizing Learning Choices

     Multiple Intelligences of Students

     Learning Analysis

     Concretizing Learning

     Learning Designs

     Problem- and Project-Based Learning Connections

     Kinesthetic Connections

     Sensory Approaches and Learning Modalities

4. Next, Writing and Applying the Individualized Education Program

     What Exactly Is an IEP?

     Practical Guidelines for Using and Writing the IEP

     Appropriate Goals and Skills to Consider When Writing an IEP

     How to Track and Document IEPs

     IEP Challenges

     Implementing Adaptations by Charting Lessons

5. Introducing Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Issues Into the Curriculum

     Connecting Cognitive and Affective Skills

     Addressing Emotional Intelligences

     Behavioral Approaches for Educators

     Functional Behavioral Assessment

     Transitional Services

     Ways to Teach Social Skills

     Classroom Climate

6. Reaching and Co-Teaching Your Students

     Educational Collaboration

     Building Productive Relationships

     Collaborating as a Team

     Classroom Dynamics

     More Lesson Concerns

     Teen Culture

7. The Common Core State Standards and Using the Three Rs to Guide Instruction and Assessment

     First R: Reading

     Second R: ’Riting

     Third R: ’Rithmetic

     Complementing the Basics

     Artful Education

     Science by Observing, Doing, and Thinking

     Social Studies: Connecting Students to Their World

     Valuing Physical Education

     Interdisciplinary Approach: Educational Salads

8. Emphasizing Comprehension and Study Skills

     Learning More About Learning

     Developing Better Practices

     Teaching for More Understanding

     Organized Environments

9. Assessing, Testing, and Grading Your Students

     Purposeful Assessment Representations

     Classroom Scenarios

     User-Friendly Testing Formats

     Assessment Trends

     CCSS and Assessments


10. Working With Parents and Families of Students With Disabilities

     Valuing Parents and Families

     Parents, Families, and Teachers as Allies

     Resources and Organizations for Parents, Guardians, and Families

11. Infusing Technology Into the Inclusive Classroom

     Benefits and Promising Futures

     Classroom and Community Implications and Resources

     Sample High School In-Class Lesson—Combining Literature and Technology

     Educational Ideas, Websites, and Resources

     Sites to Investigate for Students and Staff Across the Curriculum

12. Reflecting as Classroom Practice

     Reviewing and Maintaining Skills

     Preteach, Teach, Reteach

     Summing Up the Learning

     Combining Elements


     Resource A. Disability Tables

     Resource B. Organizations

     Resource C. Alphabetized Acronyms

References and Further Readings