Month: April 2020

Ed Week Releases General Guidelines for Communicating Online: “How to Keep Students and Staff Safe on Videoconferencing”

This brief one-page infographic highlights five areas for effectively and safely operating videoconferencing platforms. https://www.edweek.org/ew/section/multimedia/the-k-12-educators-guide-to-safe-and-effective-videoconferencing.html?cmp=eml-enl-tl-news1-rm&M=59454827&U=&UUID=0066a9c3de2ea38ae08d35fe4104c77b

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Surviving in the “New Normal” of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Meeting the needs of bilingual English learners with disabilities

As schools and districts across the nation scramble to adjust to the new realities of distance learning, what does this shift mean for students identified as both bilingual English learners and students with disabilities? What are the biggest challenges and successes in supporting learners and their families? Please post any thoughts, feelings, and resources you…

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Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) and How it Can Support English Learners: An Interview with Claudia Rinaldi, Ph.D.

I wanted to share an interview I participated in last week with Rachel Kramer Theodorou, Senior Lecturer in Education and Elementary Faculty Leader at Brandies University. Rachel invited me to this interview to share with her pre-service teachers how to teach English Learners in a sheltered English immersion and bilingual programs. The focus was on…

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Looking to strengthen online learning? Take a look at CEC’s “Best Practices for Educating Online”

This brief six-page resource supports educators with setting-up and fine-tuning online learning. Beginning with how to set the stage for working with learners and families to understanding how to protect students’ privacy in a virtual learning environment, this user-friendly resource can help teachers align practices and support learners. https://www.cec.sped.org/~/media/Files/Resources/Best%20Practices%20for%20Educating%20Online.pdf

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Special Education Services and eLearning: “8 Tips for Conducting Virtual IEP Meetings”

As schools try to adapt to the new normal, educators across the nation are pulling together to find ways for conducting IEP meetings online. Edutopia recently released an online learning article about how to use digital tools to support these efforts. https://www.edutopia.org/article/8-tips-conducting-virtual-iep-meetings

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Recently released report from REL West: “Accurately Identifying & Supporting English Learners With Learning Disabilities”

This is an update to the REL’s 2015 report that includes a summary of research and practice related to the referral, assessment, and identification of multilingual learners with disabilities. https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/west/Publications/Details/218

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Recent Reports on Supporting Bilingual English Learners

There are a few reports that have recently come out about Massachusetts on of Bilingual English Learners with Disabilities coming out from education agencies and educational organizations that address specifically the needs of bilingual English learners. Some of the key points in all this reports include: Understanding the populations of students who are multilingual and…

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Teaching Resources for Working with Students with Special Needs

Just out! A great resource for teachers and parents for working with students with disabilities via remote and virtual learning 1. https://www.educatingalllearners.org/for-educators. Education for All Alliance is new alliance of an organizationCoronavirus is posing unprecedented challenges to public schools around the country. To help ensure the continuity of special education services during remote instruction and…

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How do Bilingual/Multilingual English Learners in Schools fare by State? Take a Look

Today, I was reminded of this report that came out in 2017 by NPR.  The report provides a summary of who are multilingual/bilingual English learners in our education system, what kind of programs they received education and how they fare compared to all students in the graduation rates.  Here are a few highlights and then…

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