AARC Tip of the Month - December 2017
Alaska Statewide Special Education Conference

Are you a parent, teacher, paraprofessional, related service provider, or community service provider looking to learn more about issues and topics in special education? The Alaska Statewide Special Education Conference (ASSEC) is a great place to do just that. Held in Anchorage, this conference will have something for everyone. To learn more visit www.assec.org

Pre-Conference: Feb. 3 - 4, 2018
Main Conference: Feb. 5 - 7, 2018
Post Conference: Feb. 8 - 9, 2018

Early Bird Pricing: Jan. 6, 2018
Hotel Reservations, Conference Rate: Jan. 19, 2018
Online Registration: Feb. 2, 12:00 PM, 2018

"The Alaska Statewide Special Education Conference (ASSEC) is committed to providing high quality professional development relevant to the cultural, rural, and remote characteristics of our great state. ASSEC has provided ongoing professional development to Alaskan special educators, administrators, paraprofessionals, and families for more than 20 years. By inviting nationally recognized speakers, as well as knowledgeable local experts in the areas of disabilities and education, ASSEC has become a highly anticipated event within the field of special education in Alaska. By supporting Alaskan special education professionals and paraprofessionals, ASSEC also provides an indirect but great benefit to Alaskan students with special needs and their families." - ASSEC website.
AARC Closed for Winter Break

AARC will be closed for winter break from December 8, 2017 to  January 1, 2018.

We will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

We wish you a happy, warm, and safe holiday season!
Books of the Month:
The books of the month are available in the Special Education Service Agency (SESA) Library. Search for books on the  SESA website, or contact our Librarian, Anne Freitag, at  afreitag@sesa.org  or  907-334-1301 

Electronic books may be accessed from anywhere in the state. If you've used our ebooks before,  go to the login page here.  If you haven't, please contact Anne so she can set up a username and password for you.  Learn more about ebooks here.

You can also look for additional articles in a variety of databases by using SLED, which is available for free for all Alaskans:  http://lam.alaska.gov/sled

Below are some of the new books SESA Library has received this fall:
Executive Functioning Workbook
By: Melissa Mullin, Ph. D. & Karen Fried, Psy. D.
K & M Center. Inc., [2013]
ISBN:  9780988775008

Description: "Many students struggle with organization, planning, completing homework, and creating an effective study routine. School seems more challenging for them than their peers. These children may be labeled as disorganized, absent-minded, scattered, or forgetful by teachers, when in reality the issue is underdeveloped executive function - a skill, like any other, that can be taught! ... increases student's ability to plan, start, and finish work independently. It identifies student's aims and challenges, builds thinking skills, and provides tools to help build organizational strategies: judging time accurately ; building "Working Memory" ; breaking down complex projects into manageable, orderly tasks ; correctly estimating how long tasks will take ; starting, stopping, and changing activities. ... the first subject- matter book geared toward the STUDENT - providing worksheets and advice for students to develop and improve their Executive Functioning skills. The step-by-step worksheets and checklists designed by educational experts Melissa Mullin Ph.D. and Karen Fried PsyD MFT are the results of over 20 years of helping students succeed in school. Parenting and teaching solutions utilize student's strengths and weaknesses help build organization and establish a schedule that works. ... provides easy to follow, hands-on guidance and support to help students organize, plan, and follow through on tasks."
The Organized Parent: 365 simple solutions to managing your home, your time, and your family's life
By: Christina Baglivi Tinglof
Contemporary Books, c2002.
ISBN:  9780071380997 

Description: "... a collection of tips and advice on how you can create an organized and efficient home and family schedule. Three hundred sixty-five tips--divided into quick fixes and major tune-ups--focus on parent-specific organizational problems. You will find solutions for everything from budgeting to housecleaning to organizing messy closets, children's bedrooms, and family vacations to cooking and shopping to maintaining daily routines."
Tools of the Mind: The Vygotskian approach to early childhood education
By: Elena Bodrova, Deborah J. Leong.
2nd ed. Pearson/Merrill Prentice Hall, c2007.
ISBN: 9780130278043 

Description: " This unique text provides in-depth information about major concepts and principles of the cultural-historical theory developed by Lev Vygotsky, his students and colleagues, as well as three generations of neo-Vygotskian scholars in Russia and in the West. Tools of the Mind enables teachers to arm young children with the mental tools necessary for learning." - book jacket.
Yellow Brick Road [videorecording (DVD)]
A film by: Matthew Makar & Keith Rondinelli
Produced by: Matthew Makar
[Elementary Films in association with Emerging Pictures]. New Video Group, c2006.
ISBN: 9780767094412

Description: Documentary following a group of actors with learning disabilities from the Drama Program of Long Island's ANCHOR organization as they embark on a four-month-long journey to mount a stage performance of The Wizard of Oz.
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