Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Aug. 14 workshop focuses on Early Childhood identification of ELs for special education

Steve Gill, author of The ELL Critical Data Process, will train early childhood teachers, consultants and administrators in a matrix-based process that
differentiates between disability and language acquisition. The process uses a variety of data sources lading teams toward the best type of supports for diverse, young learners.

Time, date, location
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Prairie Lakes AEA office in Pocahontas. Lunch will be provided onsite.

Who should attend
Any early childhood programs which have a considerable proportional of ELs, or find it difficult to determine the cause of ELs’ struggles in literacy, or have a trend of identifying either too many or too few ELs for special education services should send a team.

Teams should consist of an administrator, Early Childhood teachers, and others who support the Early Childhood program. In addition, your PLAEA ECSE Teacher/Consultant will attend with your team.

$100 for teams of up to four district personnel.

Click here to register. Registration deadline is June 15.

Ongoing work for 2020-2021 school year
Evaluate your early childhood special education identification process as it pertains to ELs and its ability to distinguish between different types of needs.

Look at the data of the EC English Learner group of students in your program to determine the presence or absence of disproportionality in special education identification.

Evaluate the Language Instruction Education Program in your program to determine the degree to which it is helping students reach English proficiency in a timely manner and ensuring access to the standard early childhood instructional program.

Evaluate the degree to which your MTSS supports EL access to the standard early childhood instructional program.

Plan and implement improvements in these systems to eliminate disproportionality in identification and coordination with the K-12 program.

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