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Competencies, Knowledge and Skills of a Bilingual Special Educator

Special Education and English Language Learners, Colorin Colorado

Office of Civil Rights, (2016) Chapter 6 Tools and Resources for Addressing English Learners with Disabilities

Zelasko, Nancy and Antunez, Beth, If Your Child Learns in Two Languages, A Parent’s Guide for Improving Educational Opportunities for Children Acquiring English as a Second Language, George Washington University

Goldstein, Brian A. (2012) Bilingual Language Development and Disorders in Spanish-English Speakers, Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

Hamayan, Elise, Marler, Barbara, Sanchez-Lopez, Cristina and Damico, Jack, (2013). Special Education Considerations for English Language Learners, Delivering a Continuum of Services, Caslon Publishing

Harry, Beth and Klingner, Janette, (2006) Why Are So Many Minority Students in Special Education, and companion book Case Studies Of Minority Student Placement In Special Education, Teachers College Press

Kalyanpur Maya, and Harry, Beth, (2012) Cultural Reciprocity in Special Education: Building Family-Professional Relationships, Brookes Publishing

Hoover, John J., Klinger, Janette K., Baca, Leonard M., and Patton, James M. (2008) Methods for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners, Pearson Education Inc.

Klingner, Janette K., Hoover, John J., Baca, Leonard M., Editors, (2008).  Why do English Language Learners Struggle with Reading?  Distinguishing Language Acquisition From Learning Disabilities. Corwin Press

Question 12. Does G.L. c. 71A apply to students receiving special education services or accommodations for disabilities?

            Under Section 4 of G.L. c. 71A, special educational programs for students with disabilities“shall be completely unaffected.”  Therefore, services delivered according to an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan for students with disabilities are unaffected by the requirements of G.L. c. 71A. 

            If a student with disabilities has an IEP or a 504 Plan that requires instruction to be provided to the student in a language other than English, then the district must comply with the IEP or 504 plan in this regard, and no waiver is required.


Critical Questions on Bilingual Special Education

The following materials developed by MABE and presented at the MATSOL conference in 2012 were the result of a collaboration activity of the Dual Language Special Education Network.

  1. Culturally Responsive Parent Collaboration Process
  2. Question: Language or Disability?
  3. Question: What Language to Assess In?

IMPACT Journal

Elizabeth Burr, Eric Haas, Karen Ferrie, (2015) Identifying and supporting English learner students with learning disabilities: Key issues in the literature and state practice, IES

RTI-Based SLD Indentification TOOLKIT Considerations for ELLs, by Claudia RInaldi, Samuel Ortiz and Sue Gamm

The Voices of Latino Families Raising Their Children with Special Needs, (2008) JOURNAL OF LATINOS AND EDUCATION, 7(3), 241–257

Culturally Responsive Parent Engagement Resource List

Multistate Association for Bilingual Education - Northeast

MABE-Northeast, PO Box 281 

Ashland, MA 01721


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