Research, Papers, and Literature Reviews


Identifying and Supporting English Learner Students with Learning Disabilities: Key Issues in the Literature and State Practice (2015)
~ National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education

Dr. Janine Pease-Pretty On Top

Dr. Janine Pease-Pretty On Top

WIDA interview with Bryan Brayboy and David O’Connor

WIDA interview with Bryan Brayboy and David O’Connor

Booklets, Bulletins, Journals, and Magazines

American Indian English Language Learners (2014)
WIDA Consortium | Wisconsin Center for Education Research, UW-Madison

Reports and Publications

English Language Learners and Special Education: A Resource Handbook (2011)
Connecticut Administrators of Programs for English Language Learners (CAPELL)

Teaching Resources

Reference and Resource Links

Our Mother Tongues: Discover America's First Languages
Explore Native American language programs from Alaska to North Carolina working to save their heritage languages.

Organizations, Agencies, and Associations

Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence (CREDE) promotes educators’ use of research-based strategies of effective practice for culturally and linguistically diverse students. 

Colorin' Colorado
A bilingual site for families and educators of English language learners

The Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium (MAEC) was founded in 1991, as an education non-profit dedicated to increasing access to a high quality education for culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse learners. In its role as the Center, MAEC has collaborated with the U.S. Department of Education, the Office for Civil Rights, the Department of Justice, state departments of education, districts, and schools to ensure that students are treated equitably and are given access to a rigorous curriculum regardless of race, gender, national origin (English Language Learners), sexual orientation, or religious beliefs. The Center work has led us to work on issues such as the identification and placement of English Learners in supportive and appropriate instructional environments; creating positive and safe schools; increasing participation of girls and students of color in STEM, and addressing disproportionality in discipline.

Center for Multilingual Multicultural Research
"Striving to Make Language and Culture Part of the Solution" ~ Includes an extensive index of professional organizations for multicultural educators with links created by the University of Southern California's Center for Multilingual Multicultural Research.

Recommended Reading

Cultural Diversity, Families, and the Special Education System: Communication and Empowerment (1992)
~ Beth Harry

This work explores the quadruple disadvantage faced by the parents of poor, minority, handicapped children whose first language is not that of the school that they attend. The author's ethnographic study of 12 low-income Puerto Rican American families serves to illustrate how the present structure of the special education system disempowers parents, excluding them from the decision-making processes that categorise their children as "handicapped" - and ultimately, often place them at a permanent educational disadvantage.

Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning: Classroom Practices for Student Success (2011)
~ Sharroky Hollie

Written to address all grade levels, this book provides teachers with strategies and suggestions to support their culturally and linguistically diverse students. With the influx of cultural diversity in schools, teachers can use the strategies in this resource to improve on the following five pedagogical areas: classroom management, use of text, academic vocabulary, and situational appropriateness.

The Skin that We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom (2008)
~ Edited by Lisa Delpit and Joanne Kilgour Dowdy

The Skin That We Speak takes the discussion of language in the classroom beyond the highly charged war of idioms and presents today’s teachers with a thoughtful exploration of the varieties of English that we speak, in what Black Issues Book Review calls “an essential text.” Edited by bestselling author Lisa Delpit and education professor Joanne Kilgour Dowdy, the book includes an extended new piece by Delpit herself, as well as groundbreaking work by Herbert Kohl, Gloria Ladson-Billings, and Victoria Purcell-Gates, as well as classic texts by Geneva Smitherman and Asa Hilliard. At a time when children are written off in our schools because they do not speak formal English, and when the class- and race-biased language used to describe those children determines their fate, The Skin That We Speak offers a cutting-edge look at crucial educational issues.

Strategies for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning (2015)
~ Sharroky Hollie

Provides teachers with concrete strategies to support instruction for students with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Incorporate the tools and tips in this resource into daily instruction to educate students of diverse backgrounds. Educators will learn to examine all aspects of teaching practices in order to be successful in educating all students to the expectation of today's standards. Use this professional resource to build an understanding of the significance of teaching practices, the classroom environment, and assignments in regards to the increasingly diverse student populations.

Why Are So Many Minority Students in Special Education?: Understanding Race & Disability in Schools (2014)
~ Beth Harry and Janette Klingner

The second edition of this powerful book examines the disproportionate placement of Black and Hispanic students in special education. The authors present compelling, research-based stories representing the range of experiences faced by culturally and linguistically diverse students who fall in the liminal shadow of perceived disability. They examine the children's experiences, their families' interactions with school personnel, the teachers' and schools' estimation of the children and their families, and the school climate that influences decisions about referrals to special education. Based on the authors' 4 years of ethnographic research in a large, culturally diverse school district, the book concludes with recommendations for improving educational practice, teacher training, and policy renewal.