Subj: THE SPECIAL ED ADVOCATE, VOL. 1, NO. 21,
(December 16, 1998)
Date: 12/16/98 7:42:52 PM Pacific Standard Time
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ANNOUNCING NEW BOOKS AND MUSIC AT THE ADVOCATES BOOKSTORE
When we added the Advocates Bookstore to the web site, we asked you to
send us your book recommendations. Many of you did and we want to tell
others about your suggestions.
The Advocates Bookstore is organized into several sections each
section has a separate web page and web address.
1. Learn about the Disability
2. Learn about Effective Educational Practices
3. Learn about Tests and Evaluations (How to Measure Educational
4. Learn about Your Rights and Responsibilities
5. Learn How to Negotiate and Persuade
6. Books for Parents
7. Books for Children
8. Advocates Gift Shop for Books and Music
9. Recommend a Book, Artist, Resource
10. Contact Us
1. LEARN ABOUT THE DISABILITY
Pamela Martens, SLP from San Diego wrote:
"There is a wonderful book that I HIGHLY recommend for professionals and
parents: Central Auditory Processing Disorders-Mostly Management by
Gay Masters, Nancy Stecker, Jack Katz (ed.)
It gives the reader an overview of CAPD, neuroscience background and
the relationship between CAPD and ADHD. The book covers a variety of
strategies and approaches to remediation. This is an incredible
resource. Very approachable reading too."
To read more about this and other books about disabilities, go to
2. LEARN ABOUT EFFECTIVE EDUCATIONAL PRACTICES WHAT WORKS
Several Special Ed Advocates asked: "How can I write good IEP goals and
We asked our experts and this is what we learned.
Margaret Kay says that the best book written on this subject is
Preparing Instructional Objectives: A Critical Tool in the Development
of Effective Instruction by Robert F. Mager.
Preparing Instructional Objectives will help you master the elements
of writing a well-stated objective, including how to describe the
performances you expect to achieve, identify the conditions under which
you expect the performance to occur, and set criteria for acceptable
To check out books on Effective Educational Practices including
Preparing Instructional Objectives go to
3. LEARN ABOUT TESTS & EVALUATIONS HOW TO MEASURE PROGRESS OBJECTIVELY
Remember The Matthew Effect? discussed in an earlier newsletter. We
have received a lot of email about declining IQ scores. Keith Stanovich
is the psychologist who coined the term The Mathew Effect ("the rich
grow richer, the poor get poorer") to describe the impact of reading
disorders on IQ. You can learn about the Matthew Effect at -
Dr. Stanovich has written an excellent book called How to Think
Straight About Psychology. He wrote this book for the "consumers of
psychological information" - which includes you, the parents of special
Youll find this and several other excellent books about tests and
4. LEARN ABOUT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES
Youll find several new books in our legal and advocacy section.
Check out Legal Research: How to Find and Understand the Law by
Stephen Elias & Susan Levinkind. Legal Research is a step-by-step
guide youll learn what's in a law library and how to use it; how to
find and update statutes, regulations & cases; how to explore online
resources; how to write a legal memorandum.
Another excellent - and entertaining - resource is May It Please the
Court: First Amendment Live Recordings and Transcripts of Oral Arguments
Made Before the Supreme Court by Peter Irons. (Book and four 90 minute
May It Please the Court: First Amendment includes a school-prayer
case; a decision in which the Court upheld students' right to wear black
armbands to protest the Vietnam War; a case striking down a state law
criminalizing flag burning; and the 1971 Pentagon Papers case.
Other cases address display of religious symbols; "public indecency";
reporters' right to protect their sources; religious use of drugs;
censorship of school newspapers; discrimination based on sexual
preference; draft-card burning; and libel (including the Larry
Flynt-Jerry Falwell and New York Times Co. v. Sullivan cases)
For these and other good books about law and advocacy, go to
5. LEARN TO RESOLVE CONFLICT TO NEGOTIATE & PERSUADE
Beg? Threaten? We tell parents that they need to present their childs
case in a way that makes school people and hearing officers - want to
give the child what he or she needs. This is a tough concept for many
parents - but its important to learn.
Read how to apply this concept when you write letters to the school -
Here are two books that will help you survive the next school meeting:
How to Read a Person Like a Book (paperback; audio-cassette version
You Can Negotiate Anything - recommended by Florida attorney-mediators
Diana Santa Maria and Marc Gregg in their article Seven Steps to
Effective Mediation at our web site.
For more information about these and other books about conflict
resolution and negotiation, go to
6. JUST FOR PARENTS
Kids are a challenge to raise and children with disabilities are no
different. Here is a book that will help you keep the lines of
communication open with your children
How to Talk So Kids will Listen, and Listen so Kids will Talk.
One reader said "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen should be in the
Business/ Management section. It says the same things high-priced
consultants say -- treat people with respect, do not deny their
emotions, state the facts (only) and shut up and listen. The book talks
about giving praise and recognition - another reason to use it in real
life, inside the family AND outside in the "real" world."
Youll find more books for parents at -
7. POP QUIZ
QUESTION: What do these people have in common? Ray Charles, Ella
Fitzgerald, Percy Mayfield, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Percy
ANSWER: All are featured artists in the New Music Section of the
8. GIFT SHOP NEWS
The bookmaster has been busy, adding new books to The Advocates
Bookstore. She has also added some of our favorite music to the Gift
Shop just for the fun of it. Here are some books and music youll
find in the Advocates Bookstore.
Our Gift Shop has expanded into FOUR Sections
* * Heroes and Heroines * *
* * The Childrens Corner * *
* * For Grownups * *
* * The Music Room * *
Here is a sample of the books and music youll find in the Gift Shop
* * HEROES AND HEROINES * * -
Dream Makers, Dream Breakers Biography of civil rights activist and
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Hitchhiking Vietnam Armed with a camera and blank tapes, a young
woman hikes through Vietnam.
Helen Keller: A Life
The Endurance: Shackletons Legendary Antarctic Expedition
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin
Yes, You Can Heather! Heathers mother tells the story of her deaf
daughters struggles to achieve her dream to become Miss America.
* * THE CHILDRENS CORNER * *
All Kinds of Minds by Mel Levine. Five children discover their
strengths and overcome problems caused by their disabilities.
Keeping a Head in School: A Students Book about Learning Abilities and
Learning Disorders by Mel Levine
Eagle Eyes: A Childs Guide to Paying Attention by Jeanne Gehret.
The DonT-Give-Up-Kid and Learning Differences Book by Jeanne Gehret.
* * FOR GROWNUPS * *
THINK FAST! Includes chapters about advocacy and emotions written by
Pete and Pam Wright.
Presumed Ignorant: Over 400 Cases of Legal Looniness, Daffy Defendants,
and Bloopers from the Bench by Leland Gregory.
In the Minds Eye: Visual Thinkers, Gifted People With Dyslexia and
Other Learning Difficulties, Computer Images and the Ironies and
Creativity by Thomas West.
The Pretenders by Barbara Guyer.
The Quality School: Managing Students Without Coercion by William
ADD: A Different Perception The Hunter in a Farmers World by Thom
Cold Mountain by Charles Frasier.
Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes.
**THE MUSIC ROOM**
Good Holiday Sounds - Holiday Pops/Keith Lockhart, Boston Pops
The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years
The Genius of Ray Charles
Oh, Lady Be Good! Best of Gershwin Songbook
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook
Beg, Scream & Shout! The Big Ol Box of 60s Soul
Sweet Soul Music Voices From the Shadows
twenty-five by Sweet Honey in the Rock
Check out the Gift Shop at
9. RECOMMEND A BOOK, ARTIST, RESOURCE
If you want to recommend a favorite book, musical artist, or other
resource, drop a line to email@example.com
Tell us what makes your recommendation special what you learned, how
it helped you.
10. CONTACT INFORMATION
Pete and Pam Wright
The Special Ed Advocate
P. O. Box 1008
Deltaville, Virginia 23043
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