Through real-life stories about children, their families, and their teachers, and through the use of the most recent evidence-based research on special education, this important book provides students with a comprehensive introduction to special education and its relationship to general education. The sixth edition provides this experience within the framework of three guiding themes: Inclusion, Partnerships, and Universal Design for Learning. Long noted for its focus on progress in general education through inclusion, families, and parent-professional partnerships, the new sixth edition of Exceptional Lives: Special Education in Today's Schools, now includes a “Values and Outcomes” end-of-chapter feature that focuses on ideal educational results as well as IEP marginal notes that allow readers to link content to practical lessons. New to this Edition! NEW! “Values and Outcomes”sections appear at the end of each chapter to discuss the ideal educational outcomes for each student presented in the opening vignette – outcomes that can occur if teachers put highly effective, research-based strategies into practice and uphold the values addressed throughout the book. NEW! IEP Margin Notes are integrated throughout each chapter to help inform teachers of their role in the IEP process in relation to chapter content video clips on MyEducationLab reinforce this IEP focus. Both IEP features help link content with a practical focus. MyEducationLab! * Chapter 3 is completely revised in the sixth edition. See the table of contents for changes. More in-depth coverage in chapter 2 on the IEP process. More in-depth coverage of Response-to-Intervention (RTI) in chapter 5. This Student Value Edition is a three-hole punched, loose-leaf version of the textbook and provides students the opportunity to personalize their book by incorporating their own notes and taking only the portion of the book they need to class – all at a fraction of the bound book price. *MyEducationLab is not included and must be purchased separately. To purchase MyEducationLab please visit www.myeducationlab.com.