April 9, 2010
The New England Equity Assistance Center in collaboration with the Boston College Lynch School of Education (RtI School University Partnership Grant funded by the Teachers for New Era Grant) and the Massachusetts Association of Bilingual Education (MABE) held a forum and networking event on May 15, 2010 on Response to Intervention (RtI) and considerations for the operative implementation for English Language Learners. With this forum, the intention was to bring to the forefront public understanding about bilingualism and the education of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) learners in relationship to the process of Response to Intervention. Specifically, the forum addressed the impact of RtI on student achievement, programming decisions, curriculum, and pedagogy, as well as the implications for family and community involvement.
On May 15th, MABE, Boston College and the NEEAC were honored to introduce a highly respected keynote speaker, Dr. Janette Klingner, whose inspirational thoughts and ideas set the tone for this exciting event.
Janette Klingner is a professor in bilingual, multicultural special education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was a bilingual special education teacher for ten years before earning a Ph.D. in reading and learning disabilities. Currently, she is a co-Principal Investigator on 2 research projects funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education and a co-Principal Investigator for an Equity Assistance Center (Region VIII). To date she has authored or co-authored almost 100 articles, books, and book chapters. In 2004 she won the American Educational Research Association's Early Career Award.
The Forum and Networking Event featured a panel of researchers and leaders from Institutes of Higher Education and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as well as leaders and practitioners from Dual Language, ESL, TBE, and SEI programs in districts in Massachusetts who shared the most current policies and practices in the implementation of Response to Intervention for English language learners.
Following the keynote presentation and panel response, there were structured opportunities to interact with panel members, colleagues, and experts in the field of Response to Intervention. Learn more >>