Ways to Separate English Language Proficiency from an Undiagnosed Learning Disability
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Ways to Separate English Language Proficiency from an Undiagnosed Learning Disability
Presented by: Susan Somerville & Jane Gallacher
Date(s):
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Session Location:
About the Session:

Target Audience: K-12 Educators, English Learner Leads and Inclusive Education Leaders

Is this a learning and/or behavior problem due to an undiagnosed disability or is it due to the student's limited English language proficiency or cultural differences? This webinar will address specific issues in assessment and what to consider when separating difference from disability with ELs. You will develop your detective skills and learn how to distinguish learning and behavior problems due to difference from those due to disability and when to consider a referral for a psychoeducational assessment. Evidence based strategies will also be discussed specifically targeting the needs of ELs who are also diverse learners.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. How to distinguish learning and behavior problems due to difference from those due to disability
  2. Key considerations and constraints  when referring and assessing ELs
  3. How to use assessment to guide program planning
About the Presenter(s):
Susan Somerville
has worked as an Instructional coach for a number of years with the Golden Hills School Division. She also has over 25 years of teaching experience and currently teaches ELLs at the University of Calgary. She has completed her TESL Canada Level 1 certification. Her areas of focus include inclusive education, differentiation, private tutoring and English As a Second Language. She is passionate about creating and sharing ESL learning tools with educators as well as working with students with learning challenges and incorporating assistive technology. 
 
Jane Gallacher

 

was an Educational Consultant/ Registered Psychologist for Golden Hills School Division for the seventeen years.  As part of her role, she was the English as a Second language consultant for the division. She is currently working at a private psychology practice and is collaborating on facilitating ESL workshops, contributing to podcasts and creating learning tools for ELS teachers.  She has been a part of the ESL rural symposium since it's inception. Jane has completed her TESL Level 1 certificate and TESOL Separating Difference from Disability course. She is passionate about ensuring ELL students meet their full potential in the school setting.  

Catering is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment.
Photography Release:
This is a public event with the likeliness of photo/video throughout the day. By attending, participants understand they may be captured in photo or video for future presentations or promotional material development. Please see conference hosts if you prefer to not be photographed.

Registration Fee:

$20.00

Grade Level:

K-12

Registration Notes:

This session will be recorded and available to all registrants for 2 weeks after the session occurs.