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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.

Featured at the International Council for Exceptional Children 2019 Conference: Strand of Culturally Responsive Assessment for Bilingual English Learners

Strand of Culturally Responsive Assessment for Bilingual English Learners Last week esteemed colleague leaders in this field collaborated to run the 3.5-hour strand on the topic.  The strand started with m presentation on the current state and practices on teachers working with bilingual English learners and why every educator needs to learn more.  For example,…

Read more Featured at the International Council for Exceptional Children 2019 Conference: Strand of Culturally Responsive Assessment for Bilingual English Learners

My most recent article online “Helping English Language Learners Succeed with a Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS)” in ColorinColorado.org

I am excited to share that I just had the opportunity to have one of my practitioner-based articles published in a great teacher website called ColorinColorado.org. From their website, Colorín Colorado is the premier national website serving educators and families of English language learners (ELLs) in Grades PreK-12. Colorín Colorado has been providing free research-based…

Read more My most recent article online “Helping English Language Learners Succeed with a Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS)” in ColorinColorado.org

Looking for Professional Development Presentation for Supporting English Learners with Disabilities?

Teacher and administrators continue to have challenges in the identification of Bilingual English Learners with Disabilities. There are now more resources being cited in state education agency pages.  I wanted to update a few here:  Council for Chief School State Officers (CCSSO)- English Learners with Disabilities Guide https://ccsso.org/resource-library/ccsso-english-learners-disabilities-guide  This guide provides a great summary at the…

Read more Looking for Professional Development Presentation for Supporting English Learners with Disabilities?

Are you curious about Lawyers that work in Education Law? The following list begins from birth to 21 and each can help with referrals

As parents we may not know where to begin to get help when the education laws are broken or violated.  Whether it is an IEP that is not followed, a teacher who can’t get support from a district or medical malpractice that results in children needing special education services, there are many lawyers who can…

Read more Are you curious about Lawyers that work in Education Law? The following list begins from birth to 21 and each can help with referrals

Did you child struggle academically last year in school? How can you get started on a better place this year?

We have a third grader who we have been helping a lot with tutoring? How do I ensure a better school year? Third grade is a big year where children begin the transition from learning to read (decode) to reading to learn (more comprehension and more content areas). I would recommend looking at these two…

Read more Did you child struggle academically last year in school? How can you get started on a better place this year?

My child is bilingual and has dyslexia. I am getting conflicted information about helping him to read- help me please!

  I recently received this email.  I edited the names and some details to address confidentiality.  See response below. My daughter needs to success successfully and she is having reading difficulties.  Maria is a 9-year-old multi lingual (Spanish) 4th-grader.  She was evaluated in 2nd grade and 3rd grade at school and was identified with a learning…

Read more My child is bilingual and has dyslexia. I am getting conflicted information about helping him to read- help me please!

New Video Series on How to Implement Multi-tiered System of Support: A How To Guide for Schools

Soon after completing my doctorate degree in reading and special education, I embarked in a journey to support struggling learners. I began my research trajectory by investigating why teachers refer bilingual English learners and Hispanic students for special education services. This line of research quickly led me to Response to Intervention (RTI) in the early…

Read more New Video Series on How to Implement Multi-tiered System of Support: A How To Guide for Schools

New Graduate Certificate Program in Teaching Bilingual English Leaners with Disabilities

Originally posted on Bilingual Special Education:
As part of Lasell College, we have developed a post-baccalaureate certificate program in Teaching Bilingual English Leaners with Disabilities.  The certificate program encompasses four 6-week courses and it is 100% online.  The courses are: Fundamentals of Bilingual Special Education: Policies, Laws, and Practice Removing Barriers for Classroom Assessment and…

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New Graduate Certificate Program in Teaching Bilingual English Leaners with Disabilities

As part of Lasell College, we have developed a post-baccalaureate certificate program in Teaching Bilingual English Leaners with Disabilities.  The certificate program encompasses four 6-week courses and it is 100% online.  The courses are: Fundamentals of Bilingual Special Education: Policies, Laws, and Practice Removing Barriers for Classroom Assessment and Instruction of Bilingual Students Assessment for…

Read more New Graduate Certificate Program in Teaching Bilingual English Leaners with Disabilities