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Learners who are Culturally and/or Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Suspected of Having Educational Disabilities
The appropriate referral, identification, and placement of learners who are Culturally and/or Linguistically Diverse is necessary to ensure students' civil rights as well as a free and appropriate public education aligned with the individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Resources, opportunities for trainings and workshops as well as links to other sources of information on this topic are available below.
All resources were reviewed in 2015 (unless otherwise stated).
- Technical Assistance: Critical Questions about the Special Education Process for Culturally and/or Linguistically Diverse Learners (PDF)
- Technical Assistance: Cultural Mediators (PDF)
- Technical Assistance: Dynamic Assessment (PDF)
- Technical Assistance: CALLA - Implementing Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach (PDF)
- Glossary and Additional Articles (PDF)
- Office of Language, Culture and Equity State of the State 2014, Colorado English Learners (PDF)
- SLD Considerations for Learners Who Are CLD (PPT)
- Cultural Mediation: Building Bridges (PDF)
Colorado Bilingual Network mission: Advocating for the mental health and special education needs of bilingual students in the school system, providing professional development related to best practices with bilingual students, and facilitating networking for school professionals working with bilingual students.
- Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs - Email Ernest House (Contact Person for the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs)
World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Resources
- Can-Do Descriptors for WIDA Levels of English Language Proficiency (PDF)
- Speaking/Writing Rubrics of the WIDA Consortium (PDF)
- English Language Proficiency Standards Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 (WIDA) (PDF)
- English Language Proficiency Standards Grade 6 through Grade 12 (WIDA) (PDF)
- World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) - Resource Guide (PDF)
- World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) - Performance Definitions (PDF)
For more information, please contact:
Michelle Quackenbush, 303-866-6641
Email Michelle (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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