The Adaptive Teacher

Faith-Based Strategies to Reach and Teach Learners with Disabilities

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ISBN: 978-0-8294-4516-9
Paperback | 112 pages

Great book for professional development discussions! Two-Minute Check-in and Looking Ahead features provide questions to prompt discussion or personal reflection.

The Adaptive Teacher: Faith-Based Strategies to Reach and Teach Learners with Disabilities will teach you how to maximize the effectiveness of your lessons with concrete strategies you can implement in your classroom tomorrow that will benefit all learners. Written by John E. Barone and Charleen Katra, who bring over forty years of combined experience working with people with disabilities, this guide for teachers and catechists addresses crucial topics that will enrich the scope and reach of your teaching.

This book provides the tools to

  • foster a welcoming environment for everyone;
  • understand the specific needs of learners with disabilities;
  • adapt your teaching approach for the benefit of all;
  • develop effective communication strategies;
  • help learners build confidence, independence, and ownership.

Beyond the wealth of practical knowledge, The Adaptive Teacher's overarching philosophy is firmly planted in the Good News, teaching that every person belongs in God's family, and each is a reflection of his love.  

Author Bio

John Barone

John E. Barone has an extensive background in child and adolescent development and teaching students with neurological differences. He currents serves as Director of the Learning Resource Center at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory.​

Charleen Katra

Charleen Katra is the Executive Director of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability in Washington, D.C. She speaks frequently at national, regional, and local events.​

2020 Catholic Press Association Book Awards, Second Place: Pastoral Ministry  – Catechetical 

2020 International Book Awards, Finalist: Education/Academic 

2020 Association of Catholic Publishers’ “Excellence in Publishing Book Awards,” First Place: Resources in Ministry 

2020 Independent Press Awards, Distinguished Favorite: Education 

2020 Illumination Book Awards, Gold: Education 

2019 Best Book Awards, Winner: Education/Academic 

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06/18/2020 11:23 am

A Very Practical Resource

by Deacon Jim

I have been deeply involved in advocacy for people with disabilities and those that care for them for nearly three decades. The Adaptive Teacher is one of the most practical resources I have come across. Everyone who regularly interacts with people with disabilities (especially intellectual/developmental disabilities) should have this wonderful resource.