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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.

Interview with Expert in Bilingual Special Education: Dr. Patricia Medeiros Landurand

We are honored to share this informative interview with a historical figure in the area of bilingual special education, Dr. Patricia Medeiros Landurand. Known as the “mother of bilingual special education,” Dr. Medeiros Landurand began her pioneering work knocking on countless doors at the Massachusetts Department of Education and the U.S. Education Office of Special…

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Resources in Autism & other Disabilities in Spanish for families.

This padlet is a great website for parents who needs resources to support their children with Autism during COVID-19. This page provides information for parents on what is Autism, how to explain COVID-19 to students with Austimo, help for families and strategies for supporting learning. See the link here https://padlet.com/SELPACAPTAIN/c4ibcglc414h For more general resources on…

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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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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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The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Professional Organization is Now Free!

Good morning colleagues, Yesterday the International Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) professional Organization granted access to their basic membership resources to all educators for free. “FREE MEMBERSHIP CEC is opening its doors to the special education community in need of resources. Please share with Colleagues. Nonmembers of CEC can receive a free basic membership from…

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New report from the Council for Great City Schools on the State of English Learners from their member district.

This is a brand new report from the Council for Great City Schools (CGCS).  CGCS is an organization that support 75 of the largest school districts across the nation including Boston Public Schools and Miami-Dade Public Schools.  This report is a follow-up from their 2013 report.  The findings are similar:  English learners are the fastest-growing…

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Conceptualizing a graduate certificate program in Teaching Bilingual English Learners with Disabilities

Graduate programs today are starting to look very different.  In fact, there is a growing effort on encouraging teachers to seek the professional development that they need, to build professional networks by social media, and to still complete traditional master of education programs.  What is real is that as professionals we need to continue to…

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