Avoid Critical English Language Assistance Program Missteps
The number of English language learners in American classrooms is rapidly increasing. Schools are responding to this exponential growth, but in the rush to provide services, they are inadvertently making legal mistakes that invite lawsuits. Don't be caught unprepared. Attend this informative legal seminar and learn from legal mistakes other schools have made with English Language Learners. Spot critical legal gaps in your school's English language assistance program and properly provide students with the assistance they need - register today!
- Review the civil rights aspect of English language learner law and ensure your school properly protects student rights.
- Mitigate identification mistakes when assessing students who are eligible for English language assistance programs.
- Overcome the practical and legal difficulties that arise when English language learners are also eligible for special education services.
- Recognize potential landmines in the IEP process for English language learners.
- Analyze English language assistance programs to ensure they provide equal access to the core curriculum.
- Understand what is legally permissible when the number of qualified English as a Second Language or bilingual teachers falls short of demand for services.
- Avoid prohibitions of primary languages and other practices that may discriminate against English language learners.
- Civil Rights Protections for English Language Learners (ELLs)
9:00 - 9:45, Dr. Icela Pelayo and Dawn E. Mastalir
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Equal Educational Opportunities Act (EEOA)
- English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement and Academic Achievement Act
- Federal "Dear Colleague" Letters
- State Law Protections
- Court Cases of Note
- Mistakes in Identifying and Assessing English Language Learners
9:45 - 10:30, Dr. Icela Pelayo and Dawn E. Mastalir
- Misunderstanding ELL Legal Definitions
- Mistakes in Assessments
- Home Language Surveys
- Parent Communication Errors
- Students Who Opt Out of Services
- Special Education Service Pitfalls
10:45 - 11:30, Samantha M. Adams
- Special Education Service Evaluations and ELLs
- Dual Services
- Exiting Special Education ELLs from English Language Services
- FBAs, BIPs, ELLs, and Legal Mistakes
- Discipline and Expulsion Practices That Invite Lawsuits
- The IEP Process for ELLs: Avoiding Legal Landmines
11:30 - 12:30, Dr. Icela Pelayo and Katie Poulos
- The ELL IEP Team: Who Needs to be Involved?
- ELL Parents in the IEP Process
- Translating Documents: Which Ones?
- Addressing Language Assistance Needs
- Legally Compliant Accommodations
- Reporting Progress to Parents
- Legally Defensible IEPs for ELLs: With Examples
- English Language Assistance Programs: Legal Missteps
1:30 - 2:30, Dr. Icela Pelayo and Katie Poulos
- Limited English Proficient Plan (LEP) Pitfalls
- LEP Committee
- Core Curriculum Access
- Grade-Level Curriculum Access
- Compensatory Services for Interim Academic Deficits
- Extra-Curricular Activities
- Gifted and Talented Course Participation
- In-Program and Post-Program Performance Monitoring
- Staff Training Mistakes for Bilingual and ESL Classrooms
2:45 - 3:30, Dr. Icela Pelayo and Katie Poulos
- Ensuring Administrators are Qualified to Evaluate ESL and Bilingual Instruction
- Mistakes in Light of Qualified ESL/Bilingual Teacher Shortages
- Do's and Don'ts for Using Paraprofessionals
- Necessary Materials to Implement Programs
- Avoiding Discriminatory Practices Towards ELLs
3:30 - 4:30, Dr. Icela Pelayo and Katie Poulos
- Immigration Status
- Prohibitions of Native Languages
- Religious Discrimination
- Protecting ELL Students from Harassment
This intermediate level course on English language learner law is for:
- School Psychologists
- ESL and Bilingual Teachers
- Guidance Counselors
- Special Education Teachers