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Teaching for the Lifespan

Successfully Transitioning Students With Learning Differences to Adulthood
By: Henry B. Reiff, Nicole S. Ofiesh

Foreword by Thomas G. West

Ease transition planning for students with learning differences through guidance on IEPs and best practices to achieve the Common Core and high stakes assessments through UDL.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483373843
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2015
  • Page Count: 200
  • Publication date: November 04, 2015

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Your step-by-step guide to successful transition planning

Transition planning is a challenging process. Finally, here’s a practical guide that makes transition planning easier so you can prepare your students with learning differences to successfully navigate adulthood. Backed by the latest research in learning and development, Teaching for the Lifespan provides the pedagogical best practices needed to promote your students’ strengths and abilities for life-long success. You’ll benefit from:

  • A deep understanding of the educational, vocational, social, and emotional dimensions of adulthood for students with learning differences
  • Explicit techniques to help students with learning differences develop an awareness of proactive behaviors
  • Strategies to help all learners achieve the demands of the Common Core and high-stakes assessments through Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Practical tips on effective IEPs, personal stories from adults with learning differences, and suggestions from real teachers

Few things feel better than seeing your students succeed years after they have finished school. With this practitioner-friendly guide, you’ll be equipped to help all students with learning challenges succeed as adults. Let’s get started!

Key features

The book will include:

  • A discussion on best STEM practices, which infuse ULD
  • Many tips, tricks, and strategies
  • Teacher suggestions throughout
  • A chapter dedicated to discussing the implications of COmmon Core and PARCC for students with learning differences
  • Sidebars such as an overview of the IEP
  • A first-person blog on disclosure from an adult with learning differences



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Henry B. Reiff

Henry B. Reiff, Ph.D. is a writer, public speaker, researcher, and leader in the field of learning disabilities and the community. He has published numerous articles on adults and adolescents with learning disabilities and has written or co-written four books, including Exceeding Expectations: Successful Adults with Learning Disabilities, an American Library Association “Top 20 LD Resource.” His most recent book is Self-Advocacy for Students with Learning Disabilities: Making It Happen in College and Beyond. He has given presentations and workshops across the country. Currently a regular blogger on the popular website, FriendsofQuinn.com, Dr. Reiff continues to focus on promoting positive outcomes for persons with learning differences.

A faculty member in special education at McDaniel College since 1989, Dr. Reiff has served as Dean of Student Academic Life and Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies for 19 of those years. He is currently Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Special Education at McDaniel. He regularly counsels young adults with learning differences. He and his wife, Jacki, reside in Westminster, MD with their two children and two dogs.
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Nicole S. Ofiesh

Dr. Nicole Ofiesh is an internationally recognized expert in the field of learning and assessment. Her experiences are diverse and span over thirty years. In her roles as a learning specialist, teacher educator, researcher, speaker, author and consultant she works with children, adolescents and adults. Her work has kept her passionate about creating positive and valid educational experiences! Dr. Ofiesh has held faculty positions at Providence College, Notre Dame de Namur University and the University of Arizona and currently conducts research at Stanford University.

Dr. Ofiesh’s work is dedicated to the development of assessment systems that allow all individuals to learn and demonstrate knowledge in order to maximize performance. She regularly consults with corporations, clinics, and schools from elementary through graduate school on program design and professional development. She has served as an expert to the United States Department of Justice, Office of Civil Rights and large-scale test organizations on testing and persons with disabilities.

At the heart of her work is the belief that “individuals should thrive, not simply survive.” She centers her work on research on the human condition, resilience, cognition, performance and technology. Dr. Ofiesh began to work with children with emotional and behavioral disorders in 1985 in San Francisco. Many of these children were in and out of prison. It was there she became familiar with the educational system in the United States and how successful learning experiences can change a person’s life. After returning to San Francisco State University for a Master's degree in Learning Disabilities, Teaching Credential and Educational Therapy certificate, she continued to work as a learning specialist with children and adults. She completed her doctoral program at Penn State University in 1997 with an emphasis on transition and postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. She is a Fellow of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities and author of numerous research articles and book chapters.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Part One: Context

1. The Construct of Learning Differences

A Fundamental Question

A Paradigm Shift to a Strengths-Based Model

Historical Perspectives

Definitions of Learning Disabilities: How Much do They Matter?

Differences, Not Disabilities

Moving Forward

2. Adult Developmental Theory and Learning Differences

Theories of Adult Development

Implications of Theories of Adult Development for Individuals with Learning Differences

3. Keys to Success

Abraham Maslow

Steven Covey

Dale Carnegie

Deepak Chopra

Summary and Synthesis of Models of Success

What is Success in Adulthood?

4. Success of Adults with Learning Differences

New Perspectives

Accentuate the Positive

Focusing on Success

Stories of Success

Parto Two: Good Teaching

5. Building a Better Classroom

Facing New Challenges

A Multifaceted Approach to School Success (MASSive)

Two Examples of the MASSive Approach

The Most Critical Variable: Praise, Praise, Praise

6. The Common Core: Teaching for a Lifetime or Teaching for One Way of Life?

Good Intentions, Change, and Confusion

The Good

The Meh

The Ugly

7. Self-Understanding

Building a Sense of Self

Implications for Adulthood

Skills for Building Relationships

Social Skills and Teachable Moments

The IEP as Relationship Builder

A Systematic Approach to Building Self-Awareness, Self-Efficacy, and Agency

8. Breaking the Failure Cycle

The Winning Picture

Skills and Game Success

Acquiring Social Skills

Meditation not Medication

Stress, Anxiety, and Other Realities of Adulthood

Don’t Forget the Arts

Life Skills

Outside the Box Inclusion

It’s not the Program. - It’s You

9. Teaching the Attributes of Successful Adults with Learning Differences

Seven Attributes of Successful Adults with Learning Differences

It Comes Down to This


Goal Planning and Goodness of Fit

Learned Creativity



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