About Us

BilingualSpecialEd.com is a website developed to support educators working with bilingual students with educational challenges and disabilities.  We are a group committed educators, researchers and professionals interested in disseminating our work to support and improve the educational outcomes of students.  We publish, present, and develop practical tools that help educators and school leaders.

Bilingual Special Education was founded by Dr. Claudia Rinaldi in 2005 with the mission to disseminate evidenced-based practices in the areas that integrate bilingualism, special education, and effective models of instruction. Claudia has been a teacher, researcher, and professor of special education. She is a published national expert on Learning Disabilities of English Language Learners and Response to Intervention (RTI) and Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) models. Claudia provides training and technical assistance and educational consultation for schools and districts. To read more about Claudia click here

Sara Niño is an educator with 18 years of professional experience.  Currently, she is also a Ph.D. student at the University of Massachusetts, Boston in the Urban Education, Leadership, and Policy Studies Program. She is also an invited lecturer in the Teaching Bilingual/English Learners with Disabilities Graduate Certificate Program at Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts.

Ms. Niño served as the English Learner (EL)/Special Education Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education where she supported districts across the Commonwealth in meeting the needs of bilingual English learners (ELs) with disabilities. In addition to this, she managed the development of state regulations and guidelines regarding English Learner Parent Advisory Councils and participated as a consultant in other initiatives related to parent engagement. Prior to serving at the state level, Ms. Niño was an experienced K-8 general and special educator for culturally and linguistically diverse students with mild to moderate disabilities. As a teacher-leader, she organized professional development in the areas of collaboration and co-teaching and created bilingual family engagement programs.

Ms. Niño is committed to ensuring that all individuals have equitable opportunities to access and engage in rigorous, high-quality learning experiences that activate agency and self-determination.  To read more about Sara click here.