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Paridad is an internationally recognized group of multilingual and multicultural experts that provides a broad range of education services at the school, district, state, national levels, with a strong strong emphasis on content, language, culture and social justice issues.

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Focus on Special Education Needs

Focus on Special Educational Needs explores the characteristics of effective classroom instruction for language learners aged 5–18 with special educational needs. It guides teachers and other educational practitioners to combine their perspectives in providing balanced, coordinated, cohesive, and comprehensive approaches. The authors present a framework for developing inclusive learning environments which are culturally and linguistically responsive, based on strengths-based perspectives. Research studies and examples from the classroom illustrate collaborative practice in action. 

Paridad contributors : Cristina Sánchez-López

Sánchez-López, C. and Young, T. (2017). Focus On Special Education Needs. Oxford Key Concepts for the Language Classroom Series. Creat Claredon St., Oxford University Press

A veritable how-to guide for implementing Response to Intervention (RtI) and Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) in a culturally and linguistically responsive manner.  

Paridad authors include: Cristina Sánchez-López.

Hamayan, E., Marler, B., Sánchez-López, C., & Damico, J. (2007, 2013). Special education considerations for English language learners: Delivering a continuum of services. Philadelphia, PA: Caslon, Inc.

Common Core, Bilingual, and English Language Learners: A Resource for Educators

A practical handbook for pre-service and practicing educators who are striving to make sense of the relationship between Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and diverse learners. The text is a compilation of 95 questions culled from practitioners in the field, with responses provided by 130 experts representing a range of implementation perspectives.

Paridad contributors include: John Hilliard, and Olivia Mulcahy.

Valdés, G., Menken, K., & Castro, M. (Eds.). (2015). Common core, bilingual, and English language learners: A resource for educators. Philadelphia, PA: Caslon, Inc.

SLIFE: Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education

A WIDA Focus Bulletin designed to provide technical assistance to educators working with refugees, students with limited or interrupted formal education, or the recent influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America.  

Paridad contributors include: Lauren Keppler (guest contributor), and Lucia Morales (guest contributor).

WIDA Focus on SLIFE: Students with limited or interrupted formal education. (2015, May). WIDA Focus Bulletin.

The second edition of this popular book serves as a quick reference for administrators, teachers, and leadership teams; a wellspring of ideas for program development and improvement; a framework for pre-service or in-service professional learning.  

Paridad contributors include Jack Fields, John Hilliard, Lucia Morales, and Cristina Sánchez-López.

Hamayan, E. & Freeman Field, R. (Eds.). (2006, 2012). English language learners at school: A guide for administrators. Philadelphia, PA: Caslon, Inc.

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 June 30, 2021

10:45 am PT — ATDLE Conference

Dual Language Learners with Special Needs-
White Paper Presentation

This presentation by Theresa Young, Fred Genesee, and Cristina Sánchez-López introduces a white paper which reviews evidence concerning the capacity of young learners to acquire more than one language during the preschool and school years. It also identifies critical characteristics of effective learning environments and educational supports for minoritized language students with special education needs in dual language programs in the U.S.

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First Session postponed till September 30, 2021

Book Study with the Author:
Dr. Margo 


Start the 2021-22 school year with a commitment to more equitable classroom assessment for multilingual learners! Once a month, from August through December 2021, teacher and leadership teams will engage in promising practices and tools for being more inclusive of multilingual learners in the assessment process.


Wednesday, November 10, 2021


Optimizing Instruction for Multilingual Learners: Focus on Special Educational Needs 

In this pre-conference institute participants will examine key components of effective instruction for multilingual learners with special educational needs including:  peer interaction, oral communication, comprehension and bilingualism.