About Us

Bilingual Special Ed blog has a new mission. Claudia and Julie, two experts in the issues of bilingual learners with and without disabilities and effective models of instruction, are now collaborating to give Bilingual Special Ed. a broader and more substantial exposure to practitioners, parents, and researchers. It is our hope that the topics presented have to offer better educational outcomes for all children.

Rinaldi_15Bilingual Special Education was founded by Dr. Claudia Rinaldi in 2005 with the mission to disseminate evidenced-based practices in the areas that integrate bilingualism, special education, and effective models of instruction. Claudia has been a teacher, researcher, and professor of special education. She is a published national expert on Learning Disabilities of English Language Learners and RTI models. Claudia provides training and technical assistance and educational consultation for schools and districts. To read more about Claudia click here

120720LCKFBROWNL11-smDr. Julie Esparza Brownis an Assistant Professor in the Special Education Department at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Currently, her teaching, research, and publications focus on the interface of bilingual and special education. Additionally, she consults locally and nationally on issues related to Response to Intervention (RtI) and ELLs, least biased assessment of ELL students, and effective instruction for diverse learners. To read more about Julie click here.