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How to Reach the Hard to Teach

How to Reach the Hard to Teach

How to Reach the Hard to Teach

Excellent Instruction for Those Who Need It Most

  • By: Jana Echevarría, Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher

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ISBN: 9789387925311

Bind: Paperback

Year: 2019

Pages: 180

Size: 6 x 9 Inch

Publisher: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Published in India by: Viva Books

Exclusive Distributors: Viva Books

Sales Territory: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka


For every teacher it's different, but you know who they are for youthe 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.

How to Reach the Hard to Teach presents a thoughtful and practical approach to achieving breakthrough success with linguistically and culturally diverse students who struggle in school. Combining elements of the SIOP® Model and the FIT Teaching® approach, authors Jana Echevarría, Nancy Frey, and Douglas Fisher take stock of what we know about excellent instruction and distill it into five guiding principles:

  • Set high expectations.
  • Provide access to the core curriculum.
  • Use assessment to inform instruction.
  • Attend to language development-both English and academic.
  • Create a supportive classroom climate.

You'll learn specific practices associated with each principle and see how real-life teachers are employing these practices in their classrooms so that all students have the opportunity to learn and receive optimal support for that learning.

Every teacher has had the experience of seeing a "hard to teach" student in a new light and realizing all he or she might achieve. This book is about shining that light of possibility on the students who challenge us most, interrogating our beliefs, and taking action to ensure they receive the best instruction we have to offer.


Target Audience:

Useful for Teachers. 


Chapter 1. Every Child Achieves When There Is an Opportunity to Learn

Chapter 2. The Expectation of Success

Chapter 3. Access to the Core Curriculum

Chapter 4. Assessment to Inform Instruction

Chapter 5. Language Instruction

Chapter 6. A Supportive Climate and Culture




About the Authors

About the Authors:

Jana Echevarríis 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, Jana 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, Jana serves as the ELL expert for the U.S. Department of Justice on the Lau v. SFUSD case. She can be reached through her blog site,

Nancy Frey is a professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. Nancy is a recipient of the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Early Career Award from the Literacy Research Association. She has published many articles and books on literacy and instruction, including Productive Group Work: How to Engage Students, Build Teamwork, and Promote Understanding; The Formative Assessment Action Plan: Practical Steps to More Successful Teaching and Learning; and Guided Instruction: How to Develop Confident and Successful Learners. She can be reached at

Douglas Fisher is a professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is a member of the California Reading Hall of Fame and was honored as an exemplary leader by the Conference on English Leadership. He has published numerous articles on improving student achievement, and his books include The Purposeful Classroom: How to Structure Lessons with Learning Goals in Mind; Enhancing RTI: How to Ensure Success with Effective Classroom Instruction and Intervention; Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom; How to Create a Culture of Achievement in Your School and Classroom; and Intentional and Targeted Teaching: A Framework for Teacher Growth and Leadership. He can be reached at


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