The following website has great links to research-based articles on English Language Learners. Topics include:
Assessment of LEP migrant Students for Special Education Services
Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students for Special Education
Five Strategies to reduce Overrepresentation of CLD
Hispanic Deaf Students in Rural Education Settings
Increasing Validity of Adapted tests
A Suggested guide to the Special Education Referral Process for Bilingual Learners
State and Distric Assessment for ELLs
When is it a Language Difficulty a Disability
It also has many links to other related areas of the website. Good luck browsing.
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.