I would like to thank all of you who attended my session “Facilitating the Pre-referral and Special Education referral process for Hispanic Students Having Difficuties in Schools” at the MATSOL/MABE conference yesterday in Massachussetts. As promised, I would like to provide you with link to websites we discussed:
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities. This website provides information for parents and families about the process of the full referral to special education services and as well as their rights. This website includes printable brochures in multiples languages in many topics of interest to teachers and parents of children experiencing diffculties in school.
Intervention in School and Clinic (practitioner journal) is a joint publication of the Council for Learning Disabilities and Pro-Ed, Inc. For subscription you can go to Pro-Ed, Inc. The issues last fall focused on English language learners (ELLs) and the current issue volume 41, Number 4 has the following article of interest “Using Dynamic Assessment to Evaluate Children with Suspected Learning Disabilities” by Barbara Moore-Brown, Maria Huerta, Yvana Uranga-Hernandez, and Elizabeth D. Pena. In addition Alfredo Artiles and Beth Harry are interviewed on “Issues of Overrepresentation and Education Equity for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students.
For the Discovering IDEA/Descubramos IDEA video go to the Council for Exceptional Children website products’ link or you can call1-888-232-7733.
Council for Learning Disabilities
The Council for Exceptional Children and their practitioner publication “Teaching Exceptional Children” can be found at http://journals.sped.org/. Access to this journal is free and the following link has 4 great articles on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children and Language of Instruction is very informative the links are as follows:
Brice (2001) http://journals.sped.org/ec/archive_articles/VOL.33NO.4MARAPR2001_TEC_Article2.pdf
Salend and Salina (2003)
Schoen and Schoen (2003)
The also have a practitioner version of called Teaching Exceptional Children Plus which you might also enjoy.
I do hope you enjoy these resources and research articles on ELL students with academic difficulties. If you have any links to add or you would like to comment feel free to respond to this message. It is important to grow our community and the available resources. Again thank you and I hope you find these resources helpful.
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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.