"The practical aspects of the book provide a wealth of ideas about how educators can make modifications and accommodations for individuals in their classrooms while fostering a positive and inclusive atmosphere." -- Anne Beveridge, Coordinator of Primary Years Program 20070820 "Addresses a very critical and pertinent topic in education today. It is so important that the needs of students with disabilities be met to give them the opportunity to succeed." -- Kathy Sessions, Emotional Behavioral Disorder Teacher 20070904 "Very informative. Provides background historical information, current trends, suggestions for novice teachers, and new ideas for experienced teachers." -- Leslie Hitchens, Special Education Teacher 20070904 "A must-have resource for all educators, this book is filled with creative, hands-on strategies for children of all ages and grade levels K-12 in all content areas. Both general and special educators will find a variety of practical, valuable strategies that they can use immediately in the classroom. Karten has written another winner!" -- Lynn DeCapua, Assistant Professor of Education 20070917 "An obvious wealth of information, Karten continues to offer the latest strategies to maximize student success in the special education setting! An exceptional resource for those looking for an understanding of not only the history and legislation, but also the content lessons that work!" -- Fatima Ramirez, Special Education Teacher 20070917 "As a beginning teacher, I have used Karten's previous books for great ideas for starting my teaching career. This book provides the same great examples and strategies not only for special education teachers, but for ALL teachers!" -- Kristi Tinnes, Special Education Teacher 20070917 "Karten has put together an excellent resource that should be a must-have for all professionals in special education. She provides not only an excellent background of special education in the classroom, but also a comprehensive source to aid in quick and easy activity plans. The book helps both the novice and the expert special educator identify functional and meaningful strategies that work in the school setting." -- Michele Kaplan, Speech Language Pathologist 20070917 "Karten clearly outlines a practical path to meeting the needs of all learners." -- Gregory Duffy, Principal 20070917 "This is a must for all educators, current and future. The clear lessons help new teachers adapt their weekly plans to benefit all students." -- Lori DiSarro, Special Education Teacher 20070917
About the Author
Toby J. Karten is an experienced educator who has worked in the field of Special Education since 1976. She has an undergraduate degree in Special Education from Brooklyn College, a Masters degree from the College of Staten Island, and a supervisory degree from Georgian Court University. 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. Along with being a resource center teacher in New Jersey, Ms. Karten has designed a graduate course entitled Skills & Strategies for Inclusion & Disability Awareness. She has presented at local, state, national, and international workshops and conferences. Ms. Karten 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.
Ms. Karten is married, has a son, and a few dogs. She enjoys teaching, reading, writing, artwork, and most of all, learning. As the author of this book, she 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!