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English Learners with Disabilities Fall Virtual Summit Series

This three-week online summit series is designed to help educators support English learners with disabilities. Participants will gain an understanding of how to implement evidence-based instructional strategies using supportive frameworks appropriate for remote and site-based learning environments. Drawing on WestEd’s longstanding expertise in this interdisciplinary area of work, participants will learn how to apply knowledge and skills needed to improve student outcomes.

You will learn: 

  • Evidence-based instructional practices to support the language acquisition and learning needs of English learners and students with disabilities, including Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, the Six Principles of ELL Instruction, and structured academic discourse.
  • The role of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in providing instruction and intervention for English learners and students who may have a disability, along with tools and processes for distinguishing between learning disabilities and challenges related to language acquisition.
  • Effective and culturally sensitive processes to support appropriate referrals of English learners for special education assessment.
  • Effective instructional lesson tuning protocols to support English learners and students with disabilities in classroom and distance learning contexts.
  • Tools and strategies for distance learning aimed to support English learners and students with disabilities in virtual settings.

Who should attend?

  • English language teachers and specialists
  • Special educators and special education directors
  • General education teachers
  • Administrators
  • Related service providers
  • District or site teams of special educators, EL educators, and general education teachers

Dates & Times: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for three consecutive weeks in October (October 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29). Sessions begin at 1:00 pm PT on each date, and all sessions are 75 minutes long.

Registration Fees: $199 for six content sessions, which includes access to Padlet Wall resources, and all ELSWD Winter Summit 2020 session recordings. The registration deadline is October 8.

Register for the English Learners with Disabilities Virtual Summit

If you have questions or would like more information about registration, please contact Silvia DeRuvo at sderuvo@WestEd.org.

ELSWD Virtual Summit Series 2020 Sessions

October 13, 2020

Session 1: Distinguishing between Language Acquisition and Learning Disability
In this session participants will examine how both language and learning disabilities can affect learning behaviors and what tools are available to help distinguish between the two in both a virtual and classroom environment.
Time: 1:00 pm PT

TOPICS COVERED

  • Considerations of influence of language differences and disability on learning behaviors
  • Tools available to help with determining differences (WIDA, CA Guidance Document Tools, USDOE checklist, NCLD SLD Checklist)

October 15, 2020

Session 2: The Role of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support in Identification of English Learners  with Suspected Learning Disabilities and the Pre-Referral Process
The role of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support in identification of ELs with suspected learning disabilities and the pre-referral process.
Time: 1:00 pm PT

TOPICS COVERED

  • Overview of MTSS framework
  • Tier I–Core instruction
  • Academic interventions– Tiers II and III
  • Behavior interventions– Tiers II and III
  • Considerations for referral of ELSWD
  • Culturally responsive principles
  • Role of student’s home language
  • Pre-referral data reviews

October 20, 2020

Session 3: Appropriate Special Education Referrals for English Learners
Explore examples, tools and resources for pre-referral processes to determine appropriate culturally sensitive referrals for English learners based on multiple data sources.
Time: 1:00 pm PT

TOPICS COVERED

  • Pre-referral processes
  • Cumulative file review
  • Extrinsic factors review
  • Classroom-level data (CBM)
  • Longitudinal intervention data
  • English language development data
  • Observations in multiple settings
  • Family interviews

October 22, 2020

Session 4: Implementing Evidenced-Based Practices for ELSWD: Universal Design for Learning and English Learners and Students with Disabilities
An overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) will be provided and a discussion of how UDL is the foundation for instructional planning for EL students with disabilities and dual- identified students in both the classroom and online learning environment.
Time: 1:00 pm PT

TOPICS COVERED

  • Introduction
  • Three elements of UDL
  • Strategies for face-to-face and virtual support
  • Instructional planning
  • Strategies for UDL
  • Resources and tools

October 27, 2020

Session 5: Implementing Evidenced-Based Practices for ELSWD: Academic Discussion
Learn about the critical role of academic discussion for ELSWD and how to utilize intentional academic discussion supports in the online and site-based classroom environment.
Time: 1:00 pm PT

TOPICS COVERED

  • Introduce the Critical Role of Academic Discussion
  • Research
  • Structuring student conversations in the classroom and online
  • Practices to engage English learners in academic discussion in the classroom and online 

October 29, 2020

Session 6: Implementing Evidenced-Based Practices for ELSWD: Lesson Tuning Protocol
Participants will learn how to use a lesson tuning protocol to collaboratively “tune” a lesson to support language acquisition for English learners and adaptations for students with disabilities. Tools for virtual and site-based PLC practices will be shared.
Time: 1:00 pm PT

TOPICS COVERED

  • Introduce lesson tuning for ELSWD
  • Language objectives aligned to standards
  • Adaptations and supports
  • Protocols for collaborative professional practices
  • Video-tuning in action

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Event Type

Professional Development

Date

October 2020

Location

Online

Audience

Administrators, Teacher Educators, Teachers