Free Webinar- Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) and English Learners

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Are you curious about the link between Response to Intervention (RTI) and MTSS? Do you want to know how to do it when you have large numbers of English learners. Join Julie and I at our next webinar: Bridge Webinar Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: Toward a Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Model for English Learners Multi-Tiered Systems of Support that deliver high-quality, research-based instruction and interventions can support the growing English.

Intervention and Prevention- Great Website that Explains Learning Difficulties

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Reading Rockets is a wonderful free resource for parents, educators, and others interested in learning more about how to teach and foster reading in kids. This particular page provides lots of information including videos on what are typical problems children may have in learning how to read. In addition, the website explains what to do if you are the parent of a child who is struggling while also providing parents.

Dr. Julie Esparza Brown Highlighted in Univision TV on the needs of Bilinguals: Read more about The Multicultural Special Education Program

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Dr Julie Esparza Brown was interviewed in Univision Television in an attempt to provide Spanish speaking viewers with information about the program she is leading at Portland State University called Multicultural Special Education. Julie explains that many students in our schools who are learning English are often confused with having a learning or intellectual disability and parents should be better supported. She created this program to train teachers to teach.

Great New Infographic on Apps for students with and without Disabilities

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 2014 Conference in Philadelphia will have a RTI/MTSS & ELL Workshop

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CEC will be supporting a number of pre-conference workshops at the 2014 conference Philadelphia so mark your calendars for April 9. Julie and I have been invited to present on the following multi-tiered instruction, supports, and assessment for English Language Learners (ELLs). For more information and registration please visit their website at www.cec.sped.org WORKSHOP 6: Multi-Tiered Instruction, Support, and Assessment for English Learners: Making Appropriate Decisions Leaders: Julie Esparza Brown,.

National Title III State Directors Meeting

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Claudia and Julie just presented on Response to Intervention for English Leaners at the National Title III today State Directors Conference.

Apps for Diverse English Language Leaners by Dr. Collier 2013

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Thanks to Dr. Catherine Collier — I can share a list and catalog she composed that has more than 50+ apps that support English Language Leaners. My favorite is Language Builder which allows students to record themselves in any language. The students can then hear themselves or their teachers while learning new vocabulary words, phrases and sentences. Feel Free to check it http://www.crosscultured.com/documents/Website/Apps.pdf

What are we missing when we look at data to improve instruction?

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Great visual report from the Data Quality Control Campaign on “Data: the Missing Piece to Improve Student Achievement“– this report provides guidance on how to use data for student improvement. The visual present how things were done in the past and what the future should look like guided by the questions: What is data? How will it help? What do we do now? The visual chart address how this process.

Annenberg Institute’s Vue Journal- Issue on ELLs and Innovative Educational Programing

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This great resource just came out this month (September 2013). The journal entitled “English Language Learners: Shifting to an Asset-Based Paradigm / Estudiantes del Idioma Ingl├ęs: Valorizando los Aportes Que Brindan” focuses on seeing the education of English language learners not as a problem, but an opportunity for innovation and valuing of biculturalism and bilingualism. Three articles in particularly are worth reading: 1. Innovations in Educational Equity for English Language.

New Article from Penn State on the Benefits of Bilingualism

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Think twice, speak once: Bilinguals process both languages by Victoria M. Indivero is one of the articles on the benefits of bilingualism. The study conducted by Judith F. Kroll, a distinguished professor, provides some new interesting new views: 1. Bilingual speakers can switch languages seamlessly showing a sign of higher level of mental flexibility than monolinguals 2. Switching languages all the time strengthens your mental muscle and the executive function.