Creating Successful Learning Environments for African American Learners With Exceptionalities

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Festus E. Obiakor, Bridgie Alexis Ford
SAGE Publications, Jun 18, 2002 - Business & Economics - 232 pages
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The guide focuses on specific, innovative methods for maximizing the learning opportunities and outcomes of African American students-from dealing with foundational issues such as accountability, categorization, and legal implications, to managing learning environments and enhancing school practices through teacher preparation and early childhood programs.

By providing concrete rationales and solutions for maximizing the intellectual, academic, and social achievement of African American learners, this groundbreaking text presents the tools necessary for meeting the needs of these students, including:

- Assessment and instructional techniques for general and special education programs, including discussions on specific learning disabilities

- Intervention tactics for behavioral issues

- Tips for tapping family and community resources to complement the classroom

- Strategies for enhancing students' communication skills and maximizing the potential of gifted and talented learners

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Festus E. Obiakor, Ph.D., is Department Head and Professor, Early Childhood and Special Education, Dewar College of Education and Human Services, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia. A teacher, scholar, and consultant, he has served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at a variety of universities. He is the author of more than 150 publications, including books, articles, and commentaries; and he has presented papers at many national and international conferences. He serves on the editorial boards of reputable nationally and internationally refereed journals, including Multicultural Learning and Teaching (MLT) in which he serves as co-executive Editor. Obiakor is a leader who has been involved in many landmark scholarly works in the fields of general and special education, with particular focus on African American and other culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) learners and he continues to prescribe multidimensional methods of assessment, teaching, and intervention for these individuals. Based on this premise, he created the Comprehensive Support Model (CSM), an intervention model that values the collaborative, consultative, and cooperative energies of students, families, teachers/service providers, communities, and government agencies.

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