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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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Upcoming Events, Publications & Products


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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May 11 & 12, 2023

-Virtual Symposium-
Multilingual Special Education: Perspectives and Practices to Transform Learning Landscapes

This symposium is designed for educators and service providers who work at the complex intersection of multilingual education and special education. It centers the experiences of multilingual learners with special educational needs. This symposium focuses on dynamic, strength-based, and culturally-sustaining practices in classrooms. This is a virtual symposium featuring leading scholars and practitioners and provides multiple interactive formats, including presentations, discussion forums, and networking.

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Fall, 2022

Book Study with the Author:
Dr. Margo Gottlieb

Start the 2022-23 school year with a commitment to more equitable classroom assessment for multilingual learners! Once a month, from August through December 2022, teacher and leadership teams will engage in promising practices and tools for being more inclusive of multilingual learners in the assessment process.


 Fall, 2022

Welcoming Bilingual Learners with Disabilities into Dual Language Programs: Research-informed implications for inclusive programs and practice

Join us for this presentation by the authors of this important White Paper that reviews evidence concerning the capacity of young learners with disabilities to acquire more than one language during the preschool and school years and the characteristics of dual language programs and classroom instruction and intervention practices that support their well-being, language development and academic progress in school.