On February 8, 2013, Dr. Anne Campbell and Dr. David Zera of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions presented a paper titled “Preparing Teachers to Meet the Needs of Bilingual Students and Students with Special Needs” at the National Association for Bilingual Education’s (NABE) 42nd Annual Conference. NABE is recognized as the premier association in the U.S. to address issues pertaining to English Language Learners. The conference was held at the Disney’s Coronado Springs resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL and the conference theme was “Bilingual Education: Magic Happens.”
As the result of a blind peer review, Dr. Campbell and Dr. Zera were selected to be “featured presenters” for the Special Education Special Interest Group
(SIG). They presented findings from Projects BiSEP and SETTELL, two consecutive five-year, federally funded National Professional Development teacher-training grants for bilingual candidates. Program design, implementation and revision, and lessons learned were discussed.
The projects were developed as responses to the current move to mainstream all students and to use Response to Intervention (RTI) as a means to provide and ensure equitable programming for all students. The academic programs were designed for participants to develop sixteen competencies considered essential for the preparation of comprehensive (k-12) teachers working with bilingual students and students with special needs. Project goals were achieved through a functional/ collaborative approach to program design and implementation.
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