w-21

W-21: Best Practices, Strategies and Resources for Working with Dual Language/English Learners
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


This workshop will provide school psychologists with the knowledge and skills to make well-informed decisions about dual language/English learner students referred to them, from initial classroom consultation to special education evaluation. Instructors from SDSU’s Bilingual School Psychology (CLASS-EL) project will share lessons and experiences from their work in bilingual schools in California and Mexico, as well as research-based strategies for supporting ELs, their teachers and parents. Together with SDUSD’s Bilingual Support Network staff, they will share a process model for evaluation, associated resources, and case study examples. Objectives: Participants will learn (a) a comprehensive approach to assessing EL students; (b) strategies for supporting teachers of EL students; (c) research-based strategies for creating Tier II and III interventions; and (d) examples of school-wide initiatives that improve EL achievement. Participants will take home resources to help implement their own best practices, strategies, and approaches to enhance outcomes for EL students.

Dr. Carol Robinson-Zañartu, Professor Emerita at San Diego State University (SDSU), director of a federal project preparing bilingual school psychologists as interventionists and collaborators with teachers of Spanish speaking ELs. She has published over 60 articles, and currently serves as co-editor of an upcoming special issue of Contemporary School Psychology, focusing on DLL/English Learners.

 

Yolanda Barba, M.A. Ed.S., NCSP is a bilingual school psychologist in San Marcos Unified School District, and lecturer in bilingual school psychology at SDSU.

 

Joaquin Aganza, M.S. NCSP is a bilingual school psychologist in Vista Unified School District and lecturer at SDSU on ecosystems and bilingual school psychology. He has made numerous presentations on cultural aspects of learning and assessment.

 

Angela Gaviria, Ed.S (special education/education specialist) is lead team member for San Diego Unified School District’s Bilingual Support Network and CLD Transdisciplinary Team, and co-developer of the Comprehensive Evaluation Process for English Learners (CEP-EL).

 

Timothy Tipton, M.S. is a senior speech-language pathologist and co-lead on SDUSD’s Bilingual Support Network and CLD Transdisciplinary Team, and co-developer of the Comprehensive Evaluation Process for English Learners (CEP-EL).

 

Strand: A, Topic: 2, Skill Level: II
NASP Domains: 1,3,5,7