What Do Educators Need to Know About ELs and Special Education?

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Session Dates

Tuesday November 28, 2017 8:30 AM - 3:45 PM


Participants will examine factors that contribute to the disproportionate representation of English Learners in special education; review laws that govern ELs with disabilities and their implications; and the importance for ensuring that interventions are culturally and linguistically responsive. The presentation will identify the data that is required to complete a comprehensive multi-disciplinary evaluation. Finally, participants will review the essential components that must be addressed when writing a culturally and linguistically responsive IEP for ELs.


  • Describe the referral process framework
  • Identify ways to limit bias in special education referral, assessment, and eligibility determinations
  • List legislation that impacts ELs with special needs
  • Identify and collect meaningful data before making a referral for a multidisciplinary comprehensive evaluation
  • Describe how to develop a culturally and linguistically responsive IEP for ELs
  • Target Audience

    School Psychologists, Special Education Teachers, Principals, Speech Language Therapists, Reading Specialists, ESL Teachers

    Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

    Topics Covered: English Learners

    Event Info

    Event Type:


    Credit Type:

    Act 48 Clock Hour
    No credit


    Dr. David Vázquez-González

    Event Contact:


    Sharon Faul


    Victor Rodriguez