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Implementing Evidence-Based Practices for Children Who Are Deaf-Blind: A TA Reference Guide


Main References

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Additional Resources That Informed Guide Development

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Berta, W., Cranley, L., Dearing, J. W., Dogherty, E. J., Squires, J. E., & Estabrooks, C. A. (2015). Why (we think) facilitation works: Insights from organizational learning theory. Implementation Science, 10(141). doi:10.1186/s13012-015-0323-0

Blase, J., & Blase, J. J. (2006). Teachers bringing out the best in teachers: A guide to peer consultation for administrators and teachers. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Cashman, J., Linehan, P., & Rosser, M. (2007). Communities of practice: A new approach to solving complex educational problems. Alexandria, VA: National Association of State Directors of Special Education. 

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