Language Differences vs. Disabilities - 012385
Is it a language difference or a disability? ELL students have one of the highest retention and dropout rates of all youths. Some feel that behavioral misconduct, low student participation, grade retention, high dropout rate, and inappropriate referrals to special education are a result of a lack of proper instructional support for these students. Across the U.S., approximately 53% of ELLs are identified with a learning disability; in addition, 18.1% are identified as having a speech and language impairment (USDE, 2005). An ELL is most commonly identified as a student with a learning disability in the area of reading (USDE, 2016). This workshop will focus on skills to assist in answering the question, "Is it a language difference or a disability?" Education personnel will practice skills to use in making appropriate referral decisions. Please bring your digital device.

Audiences Diagnosticians, LSSP (Licensed Specialist in School Psychology), Teacher - Bilingual, Teacher - ESL (English as a Second Language), Teacher - Special Education, Coordinators, Counselors, Speech Therapists
21st Century Learning  Vision Article II - New Learning Standards,   Vision Article III - Assessments for Learning,   Vision Article IV - Accountability for Learning
Prerequisite/Special Notes Please bring your digital device to be able to access handouts and resources.

02095610/16/2018 09:00am - 04:00pmESC Region 11
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Credit Hours   06:00 hours of Continuing Professional Education 
Presenter   Cristina Chen ESC Region 11 
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This session is closed for registrations.

If you require special arrangements or have special needs (such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired),
contact Robin Jowell at or (817) 740-3694 at least three weeks prior to the training program date.

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