Posted on 11/26/2018 at 07:50 AM by Blog Experts

Do you struggle sometimes with determining whether or not an English Learner you work with has a true disability?  How do you know it's a disability and not just a language barrier?  I had the opportunity to attend Steve Gill's ICLC presentation titled The ELL Critical Data Process: Distinguishing Language Acquisition from Potential Disability.  Mr. Gill discussed background information, laws, problems and research necessary for educators to reflect on when thinking about their own belief system and the belief system of others and how it impacts their practices and the results they have on EL students.  He discussed how students qualify for special education and the specific issues that may arise in the qualification process for ELs.  Participants were introduced to a tool comprised of 16 questions to ponder when considering whether or not an EL needs more interventions or if a referral is a reasonable option.  For more information please visit his website at


Save the Date: The ELL Critical Data Process: Distinguishing Language Acquisition from Potential Disability will be presented by Steve Gill at the AEA in Sioux City on May 1, 2 and 3, 2019.  Districts are encourage to send teams made up of their special ed. team members, EL teacher(s) and their AEA special ed. contacts such as, strategists, SLPs, etc.  More information will be released in the near future.

When will more information be sent about this training/workshop? Would like to sign up ASAP. Thanks.
Angie C | 12/17/2018 at 09:01 AM
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