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Raise Your Voice!

Join others in engaging in a collaborative online conversation about advocacy and multilingual learners with disabilities. Share your concerns, experiences, and thoughts while also developing an understanding of your role as an advocate. Registration is free, so sign up now! What: Advocacy Within the Context of Education Sponsored by the Coalition for Equity, Diversity, and…

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Free Webinar from REL West: Engaging Parents and Students from Diverse Populations in the Context of Distance Learning

After weeks of responding to the uncertainty of the COVID pandemic, educators are still trying their best to establish and maintain contact with students and families. Many of these families silently suffer from resource insecurities that stem from deep-seeded social inequities which have only been magnified by the current circumstances. With schools now shifting their…

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Left Behind: Remote Learning and Bilingual Students with Disabilities

New article from Chalkbeat New York. At long last, Reema Amin’s article places the spotlight on the continued exclusion and marginalization of bilingual/English learners with disabilities and their families. With a long history of subtractive language programming in public schools, it is no wonder that the nation continues to grapple to meet the unique language…

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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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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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