Dr. Julie Esparza Brown Highlighted in Univision TV on the needs of Bilinguals: Read more about The Multicultural Special Education Program

120720LCKFBROWNL11-smDr Julie Esparza Brown was interviewed in Univision Television in an attempt to provide Spanish speaking viewers with information about the program she is leading at Portland State University called Multicultural Special Education. Julie explains that many students in our schools who are learning English are often confused with having a learning or intellectual disability and parents should be better supported. She created this program to train teachers to teach bilingual students learning English and know how to differentiate between a cultural and linguistic difference versus a disability. This issue has been critical for decades but it is critical to expand professional development across the country and Julie’s program at Portland State University is fully online. For more information please click here
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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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