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November/December 2010

Settling Into the School Routine:
Holding on to Your Dreams
By Sue Land, M.Ed.

     You've settled into your daily teaching routines with your students and you're moving through the curriculum, but you notice that a few students are struggling academically and behaviorally. Don't panic! The November/December Link Lines newsletter is full of helpful teaching strategies and resources. Read more

 Supportive Relationships: The Key to Student Success

By Butler Knight, Ed.S.

     Lack of adequate, ongoing relationships with caring and interested adults during late childhood through the adolescent years is a significant contributing factor to problem behaviors in youth.  Read more on how just two minutes a day and other strategies to build trusting relationships with students can make a difference. Read more

Strategies for Teaching Social Skills
in the School Environment

By Elaine Gould, M.Ed.

     In order for students with disabilities to be successful in school and post-school environments, they must possess both academic and social skills. When students are academically and socially competent, they are prepared to meet the demands of school and work, and to demonstrate appropriate communication and social behaviors in each setting.Click here to learn about strategies that encourage the development of these critical social skills. 

"Into the Book" and More: Strategic Reading

Resources for Teachers and Students 
By Mary Stowe, M.Ed.

     Educators have a myriad of online resources to draw upon for evidence-based instructional reading comprehension activities. Three websites are highlighted within this article to provide activities and information for use within your classroom.  Read more

Discovering a Wealth of Resources to
Build a Solid Math Foundation

By Tina Spencer, M.S.

     Students with weak basic math skills often struggle in school.  Students commonly need numerous practice opportunities to fully understand math concepts.  Active instructional strategies help students learn content in core academic subjects.  Discover resources grounded in the Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) strategy, a research-validated instructional sequence model known to lay a solid math foundation for all students. Read more

iSuccess: Planning to Integrate Personal
and Instructional Technology

By Fritz Geissler, M.Ed., and Brenda Lucus, M.Ed.
     With so many new technology tools becoming available every year, it is difficult to keep up with the "latest and greatest." For educators, it is even more challenging to figure out which tools provide the best opportunities to add value to a student's educational experience.  Read more

Do One Thing Today to Help Build

a Positive School Culture

By Lee Anne Sulzberger, M.Ed.
      The ability to create a positive climate that supports student achievement is one of the many characteristics of effective school leaders. Given never-ending "to-do" lists and the daily challenges of leading a school, what would you do if you could focus on a few personal practices that could help nurture a positive school culture? Click here to learn how "modeling the way" and "encouraging the heart" (Kouzes & Posner, 2007) can help make your school a positive place to work and learn.
Check it Out!
The following materials are available to individuals in Superintendents Regions 2 and 3 on loan from the T/TAC College of William and Mary lending library. These resources are companions to the articles in this issue of Link Lines, providing more indepth coverage on the topics in the newsletter. Click here and read more on page 20

RtI in Middle and High School: Strategies and
Structures for Literacy Success

By Denise Gibbs


It's About Me! A Step-by-Step Guide for Creating My IEP

By Melanie Sterling and Eileen Hammer


Power Tools for Adolescent Literacy:
Strategies for Learning

By Jan Rozzelle and Carol Scearce


Strategies for Teaching Whole Number Computation

By David Spangler