Special Education & English Language Learners

One of the most difficult challenges for teachers of English language learners to address is the question of special education services for ELLs. When is referral appropriate? How should the student be evaluated? These resources offer a brief introduction to these questions. We strongly recommend further reading, particularly of the books listed, which provide detailed frameworks, guides, and tools that can help support ELL success.  You may also find valuable support and ideas from ELL educators, special education educators, reading specialists, administrators, and other key staff members.

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