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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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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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,…

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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…

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