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Diverse Learners in the Mainstream Classroom

Strategies for Supporting ALL Students Across Content Areas--English Language Learners, Students with Disabilities, Gifted/Talented Students

Edited by Yvonne Freeman, Edited by David Freeman, Edited by Reynaldo Ramirez

ISBN 978-0-325-01313-8 / 0-325-01313-6 / 2008 / 272pp / Paperback
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Today’s classrooms are filled with diverse students with a variety of needs and abilities, including English language learners, students with disabilities, and gifted/talented students. While diversity is enriching, it also brings challenges, especially in a time when all students are expected to meet standards and perform on mandated tests. Diverse Learners in Mainstream Classrooms is the first comprehensive book to bring together information about a wide range of diverse learners from PreK through high school, offering strategies and practices teachers can use to ensure that all learners succeed.


Diverse Learners in Mainstream Classrooms presents research-based and classroom-based approaches for working effectively with diverse students across the content areas. Written in a reader-friendly, accessible style, it provides everything from the big picture to the everyday details teachers want:

  • an overview of the basic principles of high-quality instruction for special learning groups
  • discussion of the specific characteristics of the diverse populations teachers are most likely to encounter and the kind of teaching that helps them achieve
  • demonstration scenarios with explicit connections to standards
  • detailed, ready-to-use applications for effective, inclusive teaching in math, literacy, and social studies
  • ideas for using digital technology and a multiple-intelligence framework to help differentiate and scaffold instruction for all learners
  • key terms and acronyms related to each of the types of learners.


Several books in one, Diverse Learners in Mainstream Classrooms finally unites information on teaching a wide variety of special student populations into one helpful, practical guide. Now any teacher can find the solutions they need for working with diverse students.



I. Understanding Special Populations

1. Cultural Diversity: Why It Matters in Schools and What Teachers Need to Know, Luz A. Murillo and Patrick H. Smith

2. English Language Learners: Who Are They? How Can Teachers Support Them? Yvonne S. Freeman and David E. Freeman

3. Bilingual Education, Alma Dolores Rodríguez and Richard Gómez Jr.

4. Effective Practices for Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms, Steve Chamberlain

5. Personal Excellence: A New Paradigm for Gifted Education, Darwin Nelson

II. Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners

6. Drawing on Multiple Intelligences to Teach Special Populations, Kathy Bussert-Webb

7. Using Technology to Teach Diverse Populations, Janice Wilson Butler

8. Diversity in Early Childhood, Georgianna Duarte

9. Teaching Middle School Mathematics for All, James A. Telese

10. Literacy in a Diverse Society, Paula Parson and Renée Rubin

11. Understanding the Human Experience Through Social Studies, Julio Noboa and Elsa Duarte-Noboa


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