Assessing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: A Practical Guide by Robert, L. Rhodes, Salvador Hector Ochoa, and Samuel O. Ortiz (2005) Guilford press. (hhtp://www.guilfordpress.com)
This book is an excellent resource for special educators, school psychologists, regular education teachers, and case workers working with a diverse student population. This book focuses on the assessment process of English Language Learners (ELL) for eligibility for special education services. The book has three main points that make it so practical and effective. The first, the authors provide an in-depth explanation of the Multidimensional model they developed that allows all school professionals to look at children using various factors children bring into our educational system, Second the book addresses issues of disproportionate representation, acculturation, migration, culture, bilingualism and the pre-referral process in ways that are easy to understand for practitioners. The third is that the book provides reproducible worksheets, questionnaires that address acculturation, diversity and academic progress, and checklist ready to use. Feel free to post about this book.
Professor Claudia Rinaldi is the Chair of the Education Program at Lasell University. Her areas of research are the implementation of the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) framework in urban settings with English learners, teacher education in bilingual special education, and diversifying the teacher pipeline. Claudia has authored peer-reviewed publications and a book for educators called Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling Readers. She lead and developed a graduate certificate program in Teaching Bilingual Students with Disabilities for general, ESL and special education teachers geared towards applying research-informed practices to the questions and processes of identifying whether it is a language difference or a learning disability. Claudia developed a college mentoring program called Pathways to Teacher Diversity for districts and teacher education programs to partner in identifying and supporting underrepresented high school students interested in teaching careers to successfully access and persist in college. She serves in various boards including the National Center for Learning Disabilities and serves as an expert for Understood.org and the National Center for Intensive Interventions.
Professor Claudia Rinaldi believes that it is critical to prepare teacher leaders who may serve as advocates and allies and who will respond to the belief that all students can learn and succeed beyond barriers like culture, language, disability poverty, and marginalization in our country and globally.