Evidence-Based Instruction and Evaluation of ELL Workshop


Evidence-Based Instruction and

Evaluation of English Language Learners


Two-day Workshop Opportunity

(Earn up to 10 clock-hours of continuing education credit)


Featured Speaker: Dr. Samuel Ortiz, Ph.D.  Dr. Ortiz is Professor of Psychology at St. John's University, New York.  He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and a credential in school psychology with postdoctoral training in bilingual school psychology.  He is currently a member of the New York State Committee of Practitioners on English Language Learners and Limited English Proficient Students.  Dr. Ortiz has served on various editorial boards, consults nationally and internationally, conducts research in the schools, and has published widely on a variety of topics including nondiscriminatory assessment, evaluation of English learners, cross-battery assessment, and learning disabilities. His recent books include “Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: A Practical Guide,” and “Essentials of Cross-Battery Assessment, 2nd Edition”.

DAY 1  May 31, 2012:

FOCUS:  Developmental Implications for Instruction, Intervention, and Assessment

Addresses issues relevant to pre-referral activities and general educational services.  Participants will learn how the “bilingual” experience differs significantly from a monolingual one and how it alters students’ learning needs.  Guidelines for successful teaching and development of efficient and successful pre-referral programs will be discussed. 

Intended Audience:  Appropriate for all school professionals including teachers, administrators, and school services professionals. 


DAY 2 - June 1, 2012:

FOCUS:  Bridging Research and Practice to Promote Fairness and Equity in Assessment

Addresses issues relevant to direct evaluation and assessment activities particularly related to special education referrals.  Presentation topics will include a review the advantages and disadvantages of traditional methods of assessment; standards for educational and psychological testing of culturally and linguistically diverse children; and a review of Cross-Battery Assessment and how to consider the impact of cultural and linguistic factors on test performance. 

 Intended Audience:  Most appropriate for school psychologists, speech-language pathologists, educational diagnosticians, and other assessment specialists.

Workshop will be held in the Harre Union, 8:15 AM – 2:30 PM CST on both days.  Lunch is provided.

To register for one or both days of this workshop, please complete the Workshop Registration Form and return it to Valparaiso University on or before March 15, 2012 to ensure Early Bird Registration.  

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