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How to Reach the Hard to Teach: Excellent Instruction for Those Who Need It Most


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For every teacher it's different, but you know who they are for you—the students who are "hard to teach." Maybe they're reading far below grade level. Maybe they're English learners. Maybe they have diagnosed learning disabilities or behavioral issues. Maybe they're underachieving for reasons that are unknown. They have been overlooked or underserved or frustrated, and they're not learning as they should. Until now. Until you.

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The Expectation of Success

Access to the Core Curriculum

Assessment to Inform Instruction

Language Instruction

A Supportive Climate and Culture

About the authors

Jana Echevarría is a professor emerita at California State University, Long Beach, where she was selected as Outstanding Professor in 2005. She has taught elementary and secondary students in general education, special education, ESL, and bilingual programs.

A founding researcher of the SIOP® Model, Echevarría focuses on effective instruction for English learners, including those with learning disabilities. Her publications include more than 60 books, book chapters, and journal articles. 

She has presented her research in the United States and internationally, including at Oxford University (England), Wits University (South Africa), Harvard University (United States), Stanford University (United States), University of Barcelona (Spain), and South East Europe University (Macedonia), where she was a Fulbright Specialist. 

Currently, Echevarría serves as the ELL expert for the U.S. Department of Justice on the Lau v. SFUSD case. 

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