Peer Support Strategies for Improving All Students' Social Lives and Learning

Authors: Erik W. Carter Ph.D., Lisa S. Cushing Ph.D., BCBA, Craig H. Kennedy Ph.D., BCBA

Format: Paperback, 160 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781557668431
Price: $32.95

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Peer supports really work: they're a great, efficient way to help all students learn, make the most of teacher/ paraprofessional time, and increase the achievement level of challenging students. This is the concise, practical guide every middle and high school needs to implement peer support strategies—including cooperative learning and peer tutoring—to benefit students with moderate to severe disabilities and their peers.

With this reader-friendly, step-by-step planning guide from the foremost authorities on peer supports, educators, paraprofessionals, and other school staff will

  • discover how peer supports are a "two-way street," boosting the academic outcomes, social skills, and self-esteem of students with disabilities and the peers who support them
  • determine which students might benefit most from peer supports
  • recruit and match the students most likely to form mutually beneficial relationships
  • develop effective support plans that promote access to the general curriculum
  • work peer supports into IEP goals to meet state and national academic standards
  • give students the training and guidance they need to approach their support roles with confidence and enthusiasm
  • clarify the responsibilities of everyone involved in a peer support system: students, general and special educators, paraprofessionals and other school staff
  • provide peers with constructive ongoing feedback
  • extend peer supports to school activities and extracurricular events
  • evaluate the social and academic impact of peer support arrangements

A complete, start-to-finish guide to peer supports, this book is packed with photocopiable planning, implementation, and evaluation tools; evidence-based strategies; and vignettes that illustrate successful peer supports.

With this must-have book on one of the hottest topics in inclusive education, educators and paraprofessionals will create schools where all students—with and without disabilities—help each other reach their academic goals, make new friends, and live full and meaningful lives.


Review: Inetellectual and Developmental Disabilities
"If used well, this work has the potential to change the face of adult support in inclusive education today."
Review: Education Reviews
"Fills the gap as far as peer support mechanisms are concerned and provides hands on techniques for a teacher or administrator seeking to implement inclusive policies in the here and now."
Review: The Midwest Book Review
"A recommended read especially for school administrators."
Review by: Michael F. Giangreco, University of Vermont
"Convey[s] a hopeful perspective and genuine excitement about our opportunities to improve the quality of life for students with disabilities."
Review by: Martin Agran, University of Wyoming
"Soundly based on research, the book provides practical recommendations and presents clear demonstrations on how peers can serve as an invaluable support in general education."
Review by: Susan R. Copeland, University of New Mexico
"An exciting and practical book! A &#39must-have&#39 for middle and high school educators wanting to enhance their students&#39 learning outcomes."
Review by: June E. Downing, Professor Emeritus from California State University, Northridge
"A very practical how-to guide . . . truly comprehensive and well researched."
Review by: Marti Snell, Professor, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
"A tested road map for getting to peer support in real schools. This book is a winner!"
Review by: Nitasha M. Clark, Instructor, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
"Bridge[s] research and practice by outlining the practical, step-by-step strategies for establishing Peer Support arrangements in inclusive settings."

Table of Contents

About the Authors
  1. Social Relationships, Inclusion, and Access to the General Curriculum
  2. The Practice and Promise of Peer Support Interventions
  3. Crafting Effective Support Plans
  4. Identifying Peer Support Participants
  5. Equipping Students to Provide Academic and Social Support
  6. Implementing Peer Supports in the Classroom
  7. Evaluating Student Progress
  8. Epilogue: How Far Can We Go?
Appendix: Photocopiable Forms

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