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Comprehensive Behavior Management: Individualized, Classroom, and Schoolwide Approaches, 2nd edition by Ronald C. Martella, J. Ron Nelson, Nancy E. Marchand-Martella and Mark O'Reilly (Sage Publications)

One of the most critical issues facing teachers and related-services personnel today is behavior management. Behavior management consistently ranks as the most concerning issue in surveys completed by school personnel. Unfortunately, most do not feel well equipped to deal with the multitude of behavior problems they see every day in the schools. The authors say they wrote Comprehensive Behavior Management with these individuals in mind. It is critical for teachers and related personnel to receive high-quality training in behavior management; a solid textbook written by experts in the field that incorporates evidence-based best practices is an important foundational aspect of this training.

Authors are Ronald C. Martella, professor of special education at Eastern Washington University; J. Ron Nelson, Associate Research Professor and co-director of the Center for At-Risk Children's Services at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Nancy E. Marchand-Martella, professor of special education at Eastern Washington University; and Mark O'Reilly, coordinator of the graduate training programs in autism and developmental disability in the Department of Special Education at University of Texas at Austin.

Comprehensive Behavior Management, 2nd edition, supports teachers in preventing management problems and responding to unwanted behavior when it occurs in classrooms. The text offers a comprehensive presentation of three levels of behavior management strategies: individual, classroom, and schoolwide, all three of which contribute to a positive learning environment. A social learning emphasis in which human behavior is viewed within an ecological framework is integrated throughout the text. Application of this information is supported by a range of pedagogical devices such as vignettes, examples, strategies, and activities to show teachers how to manage behavior effectively. The analysis and applications in this text cover both general education and special education strategies.

New to this edition:

  • A new co-author, Mark O'Reilly from the University of Texas at Austin, contributes specific expertise in applied behavior analysis and individualized behavior management approaches, including functional behavior assessments and behavior support plans.
  • The text has been updated to reflect the shift in behavior management support from one of an individual issue to one of a comprehensive approach with individualized, classroom and schoolwide supports.
  • The sequence of the chapters is reorganized to reflect how the material is most frequently taught.
  • All chapters are updated with current research, corresponding citations, additional tables and figures, and rewritten pedagogical features.
  • Chapter 11 (formerly Chapter 5) has been rewritten to focus on what makes a program evidence-based.
  • Chapter 12 has been added to provide coverage of the Response to Intervention (RTI) approach and how to integrate multitiered intervention models with the schoolwide positive behavior intervention and support (SWPBIS) model.

Comprehensive Behavior Management is designed differently from other management texts. The authors say they wrote this textbook to aid teachers and related-services personnel in the planning processes that must take place when preventing or responding to behavior management issues. Their goal is to provide extensive coverage of all three levels of support individualized, classroom, and schoolwide to help teachers and related-services personnel plan for and respond to behavior management issues effectively.

Features of this textbook include:

  1. Important aspects of behavior management (i.e., working with parents and families, ethics and the law, diversity, and data collection) are infused in chapters throughout Comprehensive Behavior Management.
  2. Every chapter includes objectives that provide a clear overview of what will be covered in the chapter.
  3. All chapters have a vignette at the beginning that highlights an important issue covered in the chapter. This vignette is revisited at the end, showing how the issue was addressed.
  4. Chapter headings are phrased as questions to facilitate easier note taking and discussion.
  5. Several tables and figures are evident in every chapter to aid in the understanding of key concepts.
  6. Discussion questions are found at the end of each chapter to test student understanding of the content. Answers to these questions are provided in the instructor's manual.

Finally, an extensive index and glossary are included to aid in the location and definition

Significant changes were made to several chapters.

Chapter 1. New information was added to this chapter on the best practices in behavior management, and the section on ethics was expanded to include a statement on seclusion and restraint.

Chapter 5. Discussion of preference and choice, as well as of prompting strategies related to behavior issues, was added to this chapter.

Chapter 7. The material from the Think Time chapter (Chapter 8) in the first edition was edited and integrated into this chapter.

Chapter 10. Information on the school evaluation rubric was removed and coverage of the School-wide Evaluation Tool (SET) and the Benchmarks for Advanced Tiers (BAT) was added to this chapter.

Chapter 11. This chapter was Chapter 5 in the first edition, and was rewritten to focus on what makes a program evidence based. It now includes coverage of the criteria for being defined as an evidence-based intervention and how schools assess the magnitude of the effects of an intervention.

Chapter 12. This new chapter provides coverage of the response to intervention (RTI) approach and how to integrate multi-tiered intervention models such as RTI with the schoolwide positive behavior intervention and support model (SWPBIS).

Additional ancillary materials further support and enhance the learning goals of Comprehensive Behavior Management, 2nd edition. These ancillary materials include

the password-protected instructor site offers instructors a variety of resources that supplement the book material, including a Test Bank (Word), PowerPoint Slides, SAGE Journal Articles, Web Resources, Lecture Notes, Answers to In-Text Questions, and Course Syllabi.

The chapters are easy to read, very understandable, and very comprehensive for the information my certification students need. I have students with a wide range of experience, ages, and abilities in my course and this book seems like it would benefit them all. Robert L. Michels

I was impressed with the organization of the text and I enjoyed the vignettes and the vignettes revisited sections. I was also impressed that a chapter on school safety was included. This is a current challenge and it needs to be addressed. Su-Je Cho

The text covers most of the recent trends and strategies in behavioral interventions and contains evidence-based information and strategies. Also, the topics are organized in a question form which the students would prefer. Judith E. Terpstra

The changes and additions made to this second edition of Comprehensive Behavior Management have significantly improved the quality of the textbook. The book supports teachers in preventing classroom management problems and responding to unwanted behavior when it occurs. It can be used with undergraduate or graduate students in general education, special education, and educational and school psychology. Instructors teaching courses on behavior management, the principles of behavior, applied learning theory, and the classroom applications of educational psychology will find this textbook helpful. Additionally, consultants and administrators can use this textbook as a foundational text for those receiving inservice training on individualized, classroom, and schoolwide support planning. Target audiences include teachers and related-services personnel (e.g., school psychologists, counselors, social workers, behavior specialists, and instructional assistants).

Culinary Schools 2004/a>, 7th Edition (Peterson's Guides) is a comprehensive guide to culinary schools in the United States and abroad. The guide pro­vides detailed descriptions of more than 500 professional degree and ap­prenticeship programs. The book is organized into two main sections, each arranged alphabetically by state within the United States and by country. The first section includes profiles of professional programs and the second, profiles of apprenticeship programs.
Professional programs offer formalized instruction in a class setting. A diploma, degree, or certificate is awarded to the student at the end of successful completion of a predetermined curriculum of courses and a minimum number of credit hours. Workplace training in the form of an externship or work-study program may be an option but is not usually required. An apprenticeship is essentially an on-the-job training program. Typical apprenticeship programs entail completion of a specific term (typically, three years or 6,000 hours) of full-time employment for wages in a food service kitchen under a qualifled chef. Classroom culinary instruction is usu­ally required in addition to the scheduled work, and a certificate may be awarded.

The Quick-Reference Chart lists programs by state and country, indicates what degrees or awards are offered, and notes if the program offers degree specializations in the areas of culinary arts, baking and pastry, or management. Please be aware that there are other degree spe­cializations, and you will have to refer to indi­vidual profiles to discover what an individual program may offer beyond these popular ones.

Two indexes are available at the end of the book. The first lists programs by whether they offer a certificate or diploma or a degree (associate, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral). The second index is an alphabetical list by name of the program or institution.


  • General Information. Indicates private or public institution, coeducational or single-sex, type of institution, and the campus setting. The founding year of the institution is also listed, as is institutional accreditation information.

  • Program Information. Indicates the year the program started offering classes, program accreditation, the program calendar (semester, quarter, etc.), the type of degrees and awards offered, degree and award specializations, and the length of time needed to complete the degree or award.

  • Program Affiliation. Lists those organizations to which the school or program belongs.

  • Areas of Study. Includes the courses available.

  • Facilities. Lists the number and types of facilities available to students.

  • Student Profile. Provides the total number of students enrolled in the program and the number who are full-time and part-time and the age range of students.

  • Faculty. Provides the total number of faculty members, the number who are full-time and part-time, and the number who are culinary accred­ited, industry professionals, master bakers, or mas­ter chefs. The names of prominent faculty members and their degree or certificate level are listed if provided. The faculty-student ratio is also listed.

  • Special Programs. Notes special educational opportunities offered by the program. Expenses. Includes information on full-time, part-time, in-state, and out-of-state tuition costs; spe­cial program-related fees; and application fees. Dollar signs without further notation refer to U.S. currency.

  • Financial Aid. Provides information on the number and amount of program-specific loans and scholarships awarded during the 2002—03 academic year and unique financial aid oppor­tunities available to students. (This section covers only culinary-related financial aid and does not include types of financial aid that are open to all students, such as Pell Grants and Stafford Loans.)

  • Housing. Indicates the type of on-campus housing available as well as the typical cost of off-campus housing in the area.

  • Application Information. Provides information on application deadlines, the number of students who applied for admission to the program and the number of students accepted to the program for the 2002—03 academic year, and application materials that are required.

  • Contact. Includes the name, address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the contact person for the program and the Web address of the program or institution.


  • Program Information. Indicates if the appren­ticeship program is directly sponsored by a col­lege, university, or culinary institute; if the pro-gram is approved by the American Culinary Federation; if an apprentice is eligible to receive a degree from a college or university upon suc­cessful completion of the program; and if any special apprenticeships are available.

  • Placement Information. Provides the number and types of locations where apprentices may be placed and lists the most popular placement locations of participants.

  • Apprentice Profile. Indicates the number of par­ticipants, the age range of participants, and the application materials a prospective apprentice must submit.

  • Expenses. Provides information on the basic costs of participating in the program as well as the application fee and special program-related fees.

  • Entry-Level Compensation. Indicates the typi­cal salary for an apprentice at the beginning of the apprenticeship program.

  • Contact. Includes the name, address, telephone number, and, if provided, fax number and e-mail address of the contact person for the apprenticeship program.

Scholarships, Grants & Prizes 2004 (Scholarships, Grants and Prizes, 2004: Peterson’s) Billions of dollars are given to stu­dents and their families every year to help pay for college. Last year, private donors gave more than $2.5 billion in financial aid to help undergraduate students pay for college costs. Yet, to the average person, the task of finding what one needs in this huge network of grants and prizes appears to be nearly impossible.

Scholarships, Grants & Prizes 2004 was created to help students and their families pinpoint those specific private financial aid programs that best match students' backgrounds, interests, talents, or abilities. In this publication you will find detailed information about more than 3,400 scholarship/grant programs and prize sources that will provide nearly 1.7 million financial awards to undergraduates in the 2003-2004 school year. Foundations, fraternal and ethnic organizations, commu­nity service clubs, churches and religious groups, philanthropies, companies and industry groups, labor unions and public employees' associations, veterans' groups, and trusts and bequests all are possible sources.

Peterson's College Money Handbook, 2004, which supplies all necessary information on undergraduate college funding from public sources-the federal government, state governments, and the colleges and universities themselves-and Peterson's Scholarships, Grants & Prizes make up a two-part college financial aid resource library that gives you guidance and detailed information about the aid that is available to anybody who wishes to go to college.

Scholarships, Grants & Prizes 2004 alone will be particularly useful to:

  1. Students whose family financial circumstances disqualify them from the need-based financial aid that makes up the preponderance of grants available from public sources;

  2. Students and families who wish to supplement the aid being given by governmental or university sources; and

  3. Students who possess special abilities, achievements, or personal qualifications (e.g.., memberships in church or civic organizations, specific ethnic backgrounds, parents who served in the armed forces, etc..) that fit the criteria of one or more of the various private scholarship sponsors.

Some factors that can affect eligibility for these awards, such as ethnic heritage and parental status, are beyond a student's control. Other criteria, such as academic, scientific, technological, athletic, artistic, or creative merit, are not easily or quickly met unless one has previously committed to a particular endeavor. However, eligibility for many programs is within a student's control, espe­cially if he or she plans ahead. For example, a student can start or keep up current membership in a church or civic organization, participate in volunteer service efforts, or pursue an interest, from amateur radio to golf to raising animals to writing and more. Any of these actions might give him or her an edge for a particular scholarship or grant opportunity.

The eligibility criteria for private scholarships, grants, and prizes are a real mosaic; they vary widely and include financial need as well as personal characteristics and merit. The number and amounts of the awards available from individual sponsors can vary each year depending upon the number of grantees, fund contribu­tions, and other factors. However, practically anyone can find awards to fit his or her individual circumstance.

Peterson's Four-Year Colleges: 2005 The information is furnished by the colleges and is accurate at the time of publishing. This guide also features advice and tips on the college search and selection process, such as how to consider the factors that truly make a difference during your college search, understand the application process, and file for financial aid. If you seem to be getting more, not less, anxious about choosing and getting into the right college, Peterson's Four-Year Colleges: 2005 provides just the right help, giving you the information you need to make important college decisions and ace the admissions process.

Opportunities abound for students, and this guide can help you find what you want in a number of ways:

For advice and guidance in the college search and selection process, just turn the page. Providing a quick overview of the college application process, our College Admissions Countdown Calendar outlines the pertinent month-by­month milestones. Surviving Standardized Tests describes the most frequently used tests and lists test dates for 2003­04. Of course, part of the college selection process involves visiting the schools themselves and The Whys and Whats of College Visits is just the planner you need to make those trips well worth your while. Next, Applying 101 provides advice on how best to approach the application phase of the pro­cess. Our Financial Aid Countdown Calendar, Who's Paying for This? Financial Aid Basics, and Middle Income Families: Making the Financial Aid Process Work all provide you with the essential information on how to meet your educa­tional expenses. What International Students Need to Know About Admission to US. Colleges and Universities is a basic guide with helpful tips on college admissions for non-U.S. citizens and can also be useful to U.S. citizens. And be sure to check out our new section OPTIONS, OPTIONS, OPTIONS for some sneak peeks into specific institutions and programs that may be just right for you!

Next, you'll want to read through the How to Use This Guide, which explains some of the key factors you need to consider in the college search process and how to locate this information in the individual college profiles presented in the guide. Following that article is the College Profiles and Special Announcements section. Here you'll find our unparalleled and newly expanded college descriptions, arranged alphabetically by state.

They provide a complete picture of need-to-know information about accredited four-year colleges­including admission rates, majors, current expenses, financial aid, student life, and campus safety. All the information you need to apply is placed together at the conclusion of each college profile. And if you still thirst for even more information, nearly 1000 two-page narrative descriptions appear in the In-Depth Descrip­tions of the Colleges section of the book. These descriptions are written by admissions deans and provide great detail about each college. They are edited to provide a consistent format across entries for your ease of comparison.

If you have already have specifics in mind, such as a particular institution or major, turn to the Quick­Reference College Search Indexes. Here you can search for a particular major or field of study to find a list of colleges that meet your criteria. If you already have colleges in mind that pique your interest, you can use the Colleges and Universities Alphabetical Index to search for these schools. Check out the Entrance Difficulty Index for more information on the schools you are considering. Page numbers referring to all information presented about a college are conveniently referenced.

Finally, at the back of the book, you will find your bonus CD-ROM. This CD includes information on colleges and universities, standardized test preparation and financial aid. Within the Colleges and Universities Info tab, you'll find in-depth descriptions and access to colleges' Web sites and the ability to instantly inquire any question to the school. The Test Prep tab and Financial Aid tab both feature access to brand new Peterson's tools: Peterson's Test Prep-SAT Online Course and Best College Deals. Refer to the last pages of this book for the discount codes to get reduced fee (Peterson's Test Prep-SAT Online Course) and FREE (Best College Deals) access! Be sure to check out all the additional financial aid information and test prep practice offered on the CD too!

Peterson's publishes a full line of resources to help you and your family with any information you need to guide you through the admissions process. Peterson's publications can be found at your local bookstore, library, and high school guidance office-or visit us on the Web at petersons.com.

Colleges, will be pleased to know that Peterson's helped you in your selection. Admissions staff members are more than happy to answer questions, address specific problems, and help in any way they can. The editors at Peterson's wish you great success in your college search!

Peterson's Internships, 2004 An internship is a great way to acquire new skills, apply the knowledge you've gained in and learn the ways of the working world. Search internships thousands of positions in government, the nonprofit sector, and the corporate world by field of interest or employer. Great for high school students, too!

  • Descriptions of nearly 50,000 paid and unpaid opportunities in finance, healthcare, entertainment, scientific research, and other career areas
  • Vital information on eligibility requirements, benefits, and contact information
  • Advice on getting the most out of your internship
  • Application procedures
  • Flow an internship influences your career choice
  • Insights from internship sponsors

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