W-11

W-11: Assessing and Supporting English Learners and Migrant Students
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


English learners are one of the fastest growing populations in U.S. schools. Approximately 5 million students in the United States are identified as English Learners (ELs). California is one of the states with the highest number of EL students (U.S. Department of Education, 2014). Traditionally, students of migrant farm workers have been one of the most disadvantaged groups in United States schools (Cranston-Gingras, & Paul, 2008). Due to their frequent mobility and lack of opportunity to exert influence in their setting, migrant children are often called ‘invisible children’. While the majority of migrant students are also English learners, many ELs are not migrant. Understanding the differences and similarities between these groups is necessary to providing the most effective support.

Dr. Cathi Draper Rodriguez, NCSP, is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Education and Leadership at Cal State University, Monterey Bay. She teaches role and function of school psychologist, assessment, and introduction to research in School Psychology, Special Education and Masters programs. Since earning her doctorate from UNLV, she has focused her research on using technology with English learners with and without disabilities, the diagnosis of disabilities in English learners, assessment in education and multicultural education.

Dr. Casey McPherson is an assistant professor in the Department of Education and Leadership at California State University, Monterey Bay. She teaches assessment, systems change, and consultation to students in the School Psychology, Special Education and Masters programs. Dr. McPherson’s research interests are in consultation, home-school-community collaboration, social justice, and migrant youth.