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Intervening and Evaluating Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
Date: Monday, March 18, 2013
Category: News

On March 18-19, 2013, the Office of Special Education is hosting a two-day linguistic institute designed to address the needs of English Language Learners (ELL) and to assist in the evaluation of ELL to determine whether the child has an IDEA eligibility.

This two-day institute outlines research-based and best practice approaches to reduce the under- and over-identification of English language learners being considered for special education services. During this institute, participants will be provided practical, useful tools that can be implemented in the workplace immediately. All registered participants will receive a resource book packed with functional tips, practical tools and reliable strategies appropriate for general education teachers, special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, and school psychologists.

Day One: Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

This institute presents best practice strategies for providing educational supports to culturally and linguistically diverse students. In addition, a process-based team approach will help participants understand the characteristics differentiating a student difference from a disability. Participants will gain an understanding of how acculturation and second language acquisition factors can impact learning, and also provide insight on typical versus atypical learning patterns. The importance of a strong pre-referral process will also be discussed along with the types of data that can assist with identifying student needs during a student study team process.

Day Two: Evaluating and Servicing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students for Special Education Services

Participants will be provided insight and strategies to appropriately servicing diverse student populations in order to reduce the under- and over-identification of students being considered for special education services. To address this complex issue, a process approach will be outlined that is based upon a team approach (i.e., general education, ESL, and special education service providers) of collecting and interpreting student data that will distinguish difference from disability. Within the institute, the presenter will cover specific data to consider for academic decision-making collected by general education teachers, ESL teachers, school psychologists, resource teachers, and speech-language pathologists.

The cost of the event is $25.00 per day.

CEUs (.6) and SEMIs (6) will be offered each day. Participants who attend both sessions are eligible for 1.2 CEUs and 12 SEMIs.

You can find the registration packet on the Office of Special Education website under Special Education Training ( http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/special-education/special-education-training ).

Download the PDF BROCHURE for this 2013 EVENT Now.


If you have additional questions, please contact;
Desma McElveen or Yvonne Ellis at 601-359-3498.

Desma Manigault-McElveen, EdD
Division Director for Technical Assistance
Mississippi Department of Education
Office of Special Education
359 North West Street
Suite 301
Jackson, MS 39201
601-359-3498 (Office)
601-359-2078 (Fax)
For more information on this event.



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