Special Education and English Language Learners

The titles on this booklist focus on providing appropriate academic support for English language learners and approaches for determining when special education screening or services are needed, as well as tips for communicating with culturally diverse families about assessment, intervention, and instruction.

Assessing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: A Practical Guide

Product Description: This book presents a practical, problem-solving approach and bilingual hands-on tools for assessing ELLs and culturally diverse students. Research-based, step-by-step procedures for are included for conducting effective interviews with students, parents, and teachers; making the best use of interpreters; addressing special issues in the pre-referral process; and conducting accurate, unbiased assessments of academic achievement, intellectual functioning, language proficiency, and acculturation.

But What Do I DO?: Strategies From A to W for Multi-Tier Systems of Support

Selecting individualized and evidence-based interventions for struggling students can overwhelm even the most experienced teachers. Save time and get the help you need with this comprehensive guide from an expert in special education and cultural differences! Organized around an alphabetized and cross-referenced list and a fold-out selection grid featuring more than 150 PBIS, RTI, and MTSS interventions, you’ll quickly find the tools to resolve specific learning and behavioral challenges.

Dual Language Development and Disorders: A Handbook on Bilingualism and Second Language Learning

This valuable handbook provides ELL educators, speech-language pathologists, special educators, and teacher trainers with an in-depth, research-based introduction to the language development and disorders of dual-language learners (both students who are fully bilingual and those who are learning a second language). Topics include the impact of culture on language; language development for internationally adopted students; assessment strategies for identifying language and reading disorders; and intervention approaches for dual-language learners with language/reading impairments.

Multicultural Students With Special Language Needs (3rd Edition)

Product Description: This guide discusses cultural factors and variables that are important to consider in assessment and program planning for culturally and linguistically diverse students with language disorders and other special learning needs. A wide variety of case studies are included, designed to help professionals deal with the complex problems often encountered when collecting and interpreting assessment data.

RTI for Diverse Learners: More Than 200 Instructional Interventions

Catherine Collier has compiled a groundbreaking collection of 200+ interventions for use with culturally and linguistically diverse learners. The strategies are organized into four tiers and are accompanied by guidelines, cultural and linguistic considerations, and research-based references. While these interventions will be particularly helpful to practitioners working within an RTI model, the strategies will also be of value in all classrooms with diverse learners.

Separating Difference and Disability Workbook

Is it Culture Shock or a Learning Disability? Is it a language difference or a language disorder? Learn how to distinguish the difference with the SDD book, which examines the issues and research-based procedures for using accurate and appropriate assessment procedures with diverse learners. It includes recommendations, procedures, instruments, and strategies for separating difference from disability issues during the intervention, referral and placement process. The appendix includes forms, syllabus for use in professional development settings, and supplemental readings.

Seven Steps to Separating Difference From Disability

When a Culturally and Linguistically diverse student struggles in school, how can you tell whether language or cultural differences are the cause, or if the student has a learning or behavioral disability? Because the reason can be difficult to pinpoint, having the right assessment process in place is crucial. Seven Steps to Separating Difference From Disability shows how educators can adapt the widely used Response to Intervention (RTI) model to make sound decisions regarding a student's education.

Special Education Considerations for Multilingual Learners: Delivering a Continuum of Services (3rd Edition)

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Multilingual learners in Grades K–12 are often overidentified or underidentified for special education. The third edition of this groundbreaking text offers a better way to meet the needs of multilingual learners: by creating a culturally and linguistically responsive multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) and implementing a continuum of services that meets the needs of the whole child. Chapters have been fully updated to reflect the latest best practices and reorganized to better align with MTSS.

Why Are So Many Minority Students in Special Education?: Understanding Race & Disability in Schools

Product Description: This powerful book examines the disproportionate placement of Black and Hispanic students in special education. The authors present compelling stories representing the range of experiences that culturally and linguistically diverse students and their families are apt to face in school, including examples that reveal how social processes and stereotypical expectations often lead to an inaccurate designation of disability.

Why Do English Language Learners Struggle With Reading?: Distinguishing Language Acquisition From Learning Disabilities (2nd Edition)

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Product Description: This research-based guide offers educators proven methods for determining when English language learners (ELLs) are having reading difficulties that are related to the language acquisition process and when students' performance issues might be linked to learning disabilities. An excellent resource for general and special education teachers and service providers, the text provides an overview of the language acquisition process and offers a variety of best practices to prevent inappropriate referrals of ELLs to special education.