Education News Archive - May 18, 2008

By Fiedler, Craig R Chiang, Bert; Van Haren, Barbara; Jorgensen, Jack; Halberg, Sara; Boreson, Lynn The overrepresentation of students with racial, cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity (RCELD) in special education has been well documented for over 30 years (Artiles, Harry, Reschly, & Chinn, 2002; Connor & Boskin, 2001; Coutinho & Oswald, 2000; Harry & Klinger, 2006; Patton, 1998).

By Manwaring, Joanne S In a public elementary school in the southeastern United States, a self-contained class of prekindergarten children with disabilities is playing with PlayDoh.

By Rinaldi, Claudia Samson, Jennifer When a school is implementing a response to intervention model [RTI), what are the special considerations for the assessment of and referral for special education services for English language learners (ELLs) with academic difficulties? An RTI model and evidencebased instruction can inform the three areas of prereferral, referral, and assessment, as well as IEP development, for ELLs-but the assessment team must understand how to use information on oral language proficiency and academic language in the process.

Word of the Day
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.