The Special Educator's Toolkit: Everything You Need to Organize, Manage, and Monitor Your Classroom

Author: Cindy Golden Ed.D.; Foreword Author: Juane Heflin

Format: Paperback w/CD-ROM, 240 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781598570977
Price: $42.95

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Overwhelmed special educators: Reduce your stress and support student success with this practical toolkit for whole-classroom organization. A lifesaver for special educators in any K–12 setting, this book-and-CD set will help teachers expertly manage everything, from schedules and paperwork to student supports and behavior plans.

Cindy Golden, a seasoned special educator, administrator, and psychologist with almost 30 years of experience, has based this teacher-friendly toolkit on her popular OMAC (Organization and Management of All Classrooms) system—an innovative approach to creating effective classrooms for students with all types of disabilities. Special educators will get step-by-step, ready-to-use guidance on managing six key aspects of their daily work:

  1. Environment. Make the most of every inch of classroom space! Clean out clutter, arrange furniture to improve traffic flow, and construct classroom zones, work stations, and bulletin board displays that support learning.
  2. Communication. Implement low-cost communication supports that meet student needs. Make simple picture symbol books, interactive schedules, labels for classroom areas and objects, and more.
  3. Teaching Methods and Materials. Determine student needs, create schedules, simplify the IEP process, and pinpoint the best methods for teaching academic, vocational, behavioral, social, and life skills.
  4. Behavioral Systems. Organize a successful behavioral system that motivates students, helps them improve behavior and social skills, and uses positive reinforcement techniques.
  5. Data and Paperwork. Learn the secrets to creating a simple, logical, highly efficient system for managing paperworkso more time can be spent on teaching.
  6. Staff and Home Supports. Build trusting, respectful relationships with classroom staff and parents with stress-free strategies like team meetings and home communication notebooks.

For each of these critical areas, special educators will discover dozens of proven strategies, vivid examples, and clever tips and tricks to help them make immediate improvements in their classroom. They'll also get a CD-ROM with more than 60 printable forms and tools they can use right away to support learning, safety, and positive behavior.

This is the ultimate guide for every special educator, from the first-year teacher setting up a new classroom to the seasoned veteran who wants a down-to-earth guide to current best practices.

Teachers will come away empowered and motivated to get and stay organized—and they'll see the positive results year after year in their classrooms.

CD-ROM includes more than 60 printable forms and tools, including

  • Personal Classroom Assessment
  • Clutter Cleaning Checklist
  • Environmental Planning Worksheet
  • Cards for Calming Down
  • Lunch Visual Schedule Placemat
  • Class Schedule Booklet
  • Classroom Expectations Chart
  • Functional Behavior Assessment
  • Student Safety Plan
  • Group Lesson Plans
  • Individual Student Lesson Plan
  • IEP and Eligibility Calendar
  • Home and Staff Supports Checklist
  • HomeSchool Notes
  • and more!


Review: The Midwest Book Review - Library Bookwatch
"Should be considered indispensable for any special education novice instructor and has much of value to recommend it to the attention of experienced special education teachers and administrative staff as well."
Review: The Midwest Book Review - California Bookwatch
"Any education collection needs this!"
Review by: Susan Johnson, Mercyhurst College
"A wonderful guide for special educators who are looking for research-based strategies for organizing and managing their teaching environment to ensure learning for all students."
Review by: Kent Logan, Autism Specialist (retired), DeKalb County Schools
"Well written with comprehensive, classroom based examples and illustrations . . . can truly be taken off the shelf and used immediately to help teachers (and parents) organize and teach using evidence based practices."
Review by: Belva Collins, University of Kentucky
"As a former special education teacher and a current teacher educator, I do not know when I have been more excited about a text. This toolkit provides everything a student teacher or a novice teacher needs to set up a classroom . . . I wish I had had it when I was a teacher."

Table of Contents

About the Author

Foreword: L. Juane Heflin

  1. Introduction and Overview
  2. Research Basis for the OMAC System
  3. Getting Started—The Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How
  4. Organization of the Classroom Environment
  5. Organization of Communication and Supports
  6. Organization of Teaching Methods and Materials
  7. Organization of Behavior Management
  8. Organization of Paperwork
  9. Organization of Classroom Staff and Home Supports
  10. Conclusion



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