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Event Description

Online Book Study:

Interactive Course with authors Cristina Sánchez-López & Theresa Young


  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021 

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021

  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021

  • Wednesday, March 31, 2021

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Time: 3:30-4:45 (Central Standard Time)


Location: Online Course

Cost: $350.00 per individual. Order your book Focus on Special Education below.


Please contact us directly at (312) 315-0727 or if you have any additional questions.

Join the authors, Cristina Sánchez-López and Theresa Young, in this five session, interactive, online book study. Focus on Special Educational Needs (2018), a volume in the Oxford Key Concepts in the Language Classroom Series, addresses the classroom-based research on bilingual learners with special educational needs. Participants will engage with theory, research, strategies and resources to support young and adolescent language learners with special educational needs. Each session includes time for questions, reflection and sharing ideas for implementation.

John Hilliard, President of Paridad

Cristina Sánchez-López

Senior Associate-Paridad

Cristina deeply enjoys her work with practitioners related to developing instruction, intervention and assessment for ELLs. In addition, she derives great satisfaction from teaching graduate courses for in-service teachers on biliteracy, assessment, and foundations of language minority education. Her tenure as a middle school bilingual teacher on a 6th grade team proved to be pivotal formative experience for Cristina.  She worked with others to plan instruction and teach in a way that took all students into account. 

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John Hilliard, President of Paridad
Cristina's & Theresa's Work Together

Cristina and Theresa's collaborative work melds the fields of multilingual education and special education into a framework for culturally and linguistically sustaining practice for educators and practitioners in schools. Their solution-seeking process has been featured in Special Education Considerations for English Language Learners: Delivering a Continuum of Services (2013). They have most recently collaborated on a forthcoming volume in the Oxford University Press Key Concept Series for Language Learners, Focus on Special Educational Needs. 

Theresa Young

Speech Language Pahologist-Sound Communications

Theresa began her career on the Pacific island of Saipan, in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands where she worked with multilingual students and families in home, school, and medical settings. She coordinated a team of speech-language pathologists to develop culturally and linguistically responsive assessment and intervention practices for Pacific Islanders. Upon returning to Canada, Theresa worked in schools in the highly diverse Toronto area, while providing professional development and writing collaboratively on multicultural, multilingual topics in education. She has been working with local First Nations to design and implement programs and services for children in preschools and schools in their home communities.  

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