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Assessment & Differentiation for Linguistically Diverse Students with Developmental Variations

In this course, participants will review the history of special education as it has impacted students and families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, focusing on over-representation in the classifications of intellectual disability, emotional disability, and language/learning disabilities. This course will help English as a new language (ENL) teachers examine the intersection between disability and cultural and linguistic diversity. Participants will unpack assumptions about linguistically and culturally diverse families, and understand how various disabilities interact with learning a new language to better discern typical patterns of language development from language-based disabilities. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with formal and informal assessments used to evaluate K-12 students and how these apply to emergent bilingual speakers, as well as concepts including validity, reliability, and basic statistical terminology. Participants will collaborate with school professionals to explore strategies for working effectively with families of linguistically and culturally diverse children and adolescents.