My latest article “English Language Learners and Response to Intervention (RTI): Referral Considerations” was just published in Teacher Exceptional Children a journal from the Council for Exceptional Children in the May/June 2008 issue. In this article my goal was to provide a description of how to address the needs of ELLs going through the pre-referral and special education referral process within an RTI model. I include a figure of the RTI model for ELLs, guiding questions to distinguish between a language difference and a learning disability, and an actual case study. I would welcome any feedback.
Claudia is a Full Professor of Education and Chair of the Education Program at Lasell University. Claudia is a researcher, consultant, and teacher educator committed to addressing the needs of bilingual students who are learning English and have a disability.