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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.

Article on Weblogs

This posting has to do with the recent article I wrote for the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders (CCBD) newsletter. The articles gives a brief explanation of what weblogs are and a summary of relevant weblogs in our field. I would really welcome responses of new weblogs you find relevant to mild disabilities, bilingual…

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What is Bilingual Special Education

The following link is a great resource that describes the characteristics and needs of students who are bilingual and need special education services. Baca and Cervantes are pioneers in the area and have a practical summary of the process for assessment and instruction for bilingual students having difficulties and possibly disabilities in our schools today.…

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Feedback for Regulations

Please share the following information with people you know maybe interested in sending public comments to the IDEA 2004 Regulations. The document should have appeared in the Federal Register update from 6/21. There will be 75 days for comments beginning with the publication of the regs in the Federal Register. Make your voice be heard!!

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The Chicken or the Egg

Disability or language difference? The purpose of this education blog is to create a forum for information, discussion, and projects on the evaluation and academic practices of school professionals serving Latino/Hispanic children having difficulties in school.

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