English Language Learners (ELLs) and Response to Intervention-

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) just publish a great teacher and parent resource on what Response to Intervention (RTI). It compiled the most pressing articles published in the area from explaining RTI to how to refer ELL for special education academic difficulties.

My most recent article in this book titled “English language Learners and Response to Intervention: Referral Considerations” provides guidelines and considerations for referring ELLs to special education with a focus on potential learning disabilities. It provides a RTI model that address progress monitoring for ELLs, a case study exemplifying the process recommended, and a worksheet with questions that guide decision-making on eligibility for special education services or language differences.

ISBN 9780865864399
or you can acess directly from the Teaching Exceptional Children webpage. Teaching Exceptional Children, Vol. 40(5), pp 6-14.

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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.

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