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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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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

La Cosecha 2020—Pre-conference Institute—Optimizing Instruction for Multilingual Learners: Focus on Special Educational Needs


In this virtual, full-day, pre-conference session, participants will examine key components of effective instruction for multilingual learners with special educational needs including:  peer interaction, oral communication, comprehension and bilingualism. Participants will also interactively practice  instruction and intervention approaches for both young and adolescent students and survey classroom-based research that optimizes learning. There will be opportunities to explore multilingual resources and supporting research pertaining to the benefits of bilingualism for learners with special educational needs.

 Jan. 27, Feb. 17, Mar. 10, Mar. 31, & Apr. 21, 2021

Focus on Special Education Needs- Book Study with the Authors

We are proud to announce an interactive, online book study with Cristina Sánchez-López and her and co-author Theresa Young of their new book Focus On Special Education Needs published by Oxford University Press. This important contribution to the discussion of language learners with special education needs is part of the Focus On Series of instructional guides. The  book study will take you through research-led instructional guides that link the theories of second language acquisition and pedagogy with classroom practice, enabling practitioners and specialists to reflect on what happens in the language classroom.

May 13 & 14, 2021

Multilingual Special Education: Perspectives & Practices to Tranform Learning Landscapes


You are invited to participate in this symposium that 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. 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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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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