"Tackles the very difficult issue of why ELLs are disproportionately represented in special education and how, as educators, we need to look at our assessments to verify that there is a true need for referral versus a lack of understanding of the language acquisition process."
(Christine Engel, ESL Teacher 2007-11-05)"Distinguishing learning disabilities from language acquisition issues has always been difficult. This book is relevant to many educators."
(James Becker, ELL Teacher 2007-11-05)"We need better assessment strategies to determine learning disabilities in ELL students. This book is highly relevant as not only does it address this issue, but offers practical suggestions and approaches to remedy the problem."
(Anne Beveridge, Coordinator of Primary Years Program 2007-11-05)
About the Author
Janette K. Klingner
was a bilingual special education teacher for ten years before earning a PhD in Reading and Learning Disabilities from the University of Miami. Her recently coauthored or coedited books include Teaching Reading Comprehension to Sudents With Learning Difficulties
(Guilford Press), Methods for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners
(Merrill/Prentice Hall), Case Studies in the Social Construction of Disability: Minority Students in Special Education
(Teachers College Press), Evidence-Based Practices for Response to Intervention
(Brookes), and Why Are so Many Minority Students in Special Education?: Understanding Race and Disability in Schools
(Teachers College Press).
John J. Hoover is a former K-12 special education teacher for students with learning disabilities and emotional/behavior disorders in several states in the Midwest, West, and Southwest. Publications include his forthcoming book, Differentiating Learning Differences from Learning and Behavioral Disabilities: Teaching diverse learners through multi-tiered response to intervention (Allyn & Bacon), and recent books coauthored/coedited include Methods for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (Pearson Merrill); Curriculum Adaptations for Students with Learning and Behavior Problems: Differentiating instruction to meet diverse needs (Pro-Ed); and Teaching Study Skills to Students with Learning Problems (Pro-Ed). His forthcoming tests include the Early Literacy Measure (Pro-Ed) and the Behavior Skills Rating System (Pro-Ed). He earned a BA in elementary and special education (mental retardation), an MA in learning disabilities and emotional disorders with an emphasis in reading, and a PHD in curriculum, specializing in special education.
Leonard M. Baca has been a professor of education at the University of Colorado-Boulder since 1973. He has taught courses in bilingual and bilingual special education and served as the program chair. Baca is founder and director of the BUENO Center for Multicultural Education. He is the author of The Bilingual Special Education Interface
(Merrill/Prentice Hall, 2004) and several articles dealing with English Language Learners with disabilities. He earned his EdD from the University of Northern Colorado.