Instructional Strategies in General Education and Putting the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) into Practice

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS Proposal Submission Deadline: July 30, 2016

A book edited by Pam Epler, PhD (Grand Canyon University)


Special Education is an area that remains a mystery to many educators and school administrators despite the fact that more and more identified students with disabilities are entering the general education classroom. With the shortage of special education teachers across the United States and definitely around the world, general education teachers are becoming more and more likely to be the ones who educate these students. In addition, school administrators are currently being asked to ask to serve more in the role of an instructional leader who will assist their teachers as opposed to the disciplinarian of the past. Therefore it is essential that both of these parties are familiar with the 13 IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) special education categories and have a “toolbox” full instructional strategies to educate these youth.

Objective of the Book The mission of this proposed book is to educate K-12 general education teachers and school administrators on various instructional strategies to educate students with special needs.

Target Audience This proposed book could be used in graduate level classes where students are earning a Master’s or PhD degree in education and /or school administration. In could be used by currently practicing general education classroom teachers if they have a student in their class who has a disability and they have tried a few strategies and are at a loss as to what else to try. In could be used by school administrators who want to provide their teachers with instructional strategies to educate students with special needs as well as students who are struggling and/or are at risk.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Introduction to IDEA
  • IDEA requirements for the general education teacher and school administrator
  • For each IDEA category (see below) provide instructional strategies , including websites, checklist and worksheets ,etc., for each educational level (elementary, middle school and high school). All content areas (Reading, English, Math, Science Social Studies, etc) must be covered

v  Autism (ASD)

v  Deaf-Blindness (DB)

v  Deafness(D)

v  Emotional Disturbance (ED)

v  Hearing Impaired (HI)

v  Intellectual Disability (ID)

v  Multiple Disabilities (MI)

v  Orthopedic Impairments (OI)

v  Other Health Impaired (OHI)

v  Specific Learning Disability (SLD)

v  Speech Language Impairment (SLI)

v  Traumatic Brain Injury(TBI)

v  Visual Impairment including Blindness (VI)

  • The use of IDEA in “specialty” classes (e.g. Art, Music, Physical Education, Computer class, Career /Vocational classes, etc).
  • The use of IDEA with technology

Submission Procedure Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before July 30 2016, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by September 30, 2016 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 30, 2016, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Instructional Strategies in General Education and Putting the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) into Practice. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the E-Editorial DiscoveryTM online submission manager.

Publisher This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2017.

Important Dates July 30, 2016: Proposal Submission Deadline September 30, 2016: Notification of Acceptance November 30, 2016: Full Chapter Submission January 30, 2017: Review Results Returned March 15, 2017: Final Acceptance Notification March 30, 2017: Final Chapter Submission

Inquiries can be forwarded to Pam Epler Grand Canyon University

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