Does this English Learner have a Disability or a Language Difference?

How many times do teachers ask you how you differentiate between a learning disability and a language difference? Check out the most recent toolkit from the RTI Action Network and the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Proud to have co-authored this guide for all teachers working with struggling English language learners.

Implementing MTSS– A How to Book

Announcing “Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling Readers: A Multi-tiered Instructional Approach Using Hi-lo Books” by Claudia Rinaldi, Ph.D. and Orla Higgins Averill, Ph.D. After working with districts and schools for the last 6 years helping them to implement response to intervention (RTI) and multi-tiered system of support (MTSS), I am happy share the publication of our first book “Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling Readers: A Multi-tiered Instructional Approach.

Blogging Using Voice and an Avatar- The possibilities for Students

I just discovered this great free app to add a video presence via an avatar. As I was learning how to use it, I realized that this can be a very effective tool for English language learners and engaging parents. Try it!

How Do You get Your District Started with Multi-tier System of Supports (RTi & PBIS)?

Here is a great small collection of readings and websites that district leaders can explore and disseminate to the district and school staff as they get ready to role out MTSS (RTI and PBIS). Getting the Vision of the MTSS model in your district is key! Think about an internal and external presence and engage parents from the start. Here are a few links to the parent guide for RTI.

Top 15 Reasons Why You Should Use Peer Mediated Learning in All Classes

In the past I have posted about one of my favorite education strategies to increase fluency and comprehension. Peer Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS) developed by researchers at Vanderbilt University ( is an educational strategy that was developed to support fluency and comprehension in grades K-12th (of course, it looks different across the grades). I have been supporting schools in the implementation of PALS and I know from the data and.

Free webinar April 30 at 2 pm of Learning in Two Languages in Early Childhood

My colleague Mileidis Gort will be presenting a free webinar on Learning in two languages and what every educator should know. Below find a description “In this webinar, you will learn about the language development process of young bilinguals, or dual language learners, including different types of dual language learners and pathways to bilingualism, stages of dual language learning for simultaneous and sequential bilinguals, oral language acquisition strategies used by.

Being Leaders versus Managers in Education

Being Leaders versus Managers in Education

In reading a short article on the differences between leaders and managers, it made me think that the story is not so different in education. Principal leaders versus principal managers or even teacher leaders versus teacher managers . In my opinion the difference lies in engagement, purpose, individualization, and passion/enthusiasm. So here is a summary of the list of how leaders are different than managers: Leaders are: 1. Visionary –.

MTSS/RTI: Towards a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Appropriate Model for ELLs

MTSS/RTI: Towards a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Appropriate Model for ELLs

Here is the link to my most recent webinar on how to implement Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and components of a Response to Intervention Model (RTI). My colleague Julie and I provide a background on the research methodologies and how to being implementation. The website has the option to listen to the webinar, download the presentation, and download materials. Here is the official summary from the webinar website. Multi-Tiered.

Dual Language Learners in State Early Learning Guidelines and Standards

Here is the actual link to this great resources by state. Please link here

Free Webinar- Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) and English Learners

Are you curious about the link between Response to Intervention (RTI) and MTSS? Do you want to know how to do it when you have large numbers of English learners. Join Julie and I at our next webinar: Bridge Webinar Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: Toward a Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Model for English Learners Multi-Tiered Systems of Support that deliver high-quality, research-based instruction and interventions can support the growing English.