Factors That May Look Like a Disability

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There are many reasons an ELL may be having a hard time academically, including language, culture, socio-economic background, or a learning difference or disability. Learn more about some of the factors that are important to understand when looking at the reason ELLs struggle.

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Cultural and Linguistic Differences: What Teachers Should Know

From the Center for Parent Information and Resources: The IRIS STAR Legacy modules are meant to help train future teachers, administrators, and other school personnel. This module examines the ways in which culture influences the daily interactions that occur across all classrooms and provides practice for enhancing culturally responsive teaching. This module is a revision of ‘Teachers at the Loom: Weaving Together Culture, Family, and Instruction for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Students.’


This resource section was made possible through our partnership with the National Education Association. Additional support was provided by the American Federation of Teachers.