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Forty-three Years of Educational Excellence for English Learners & Biliteracy for All

March 28 - 31, 2018

Sacramento Convention Center
Sacramento, California 

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Saturday, March 31 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
Statewide Support for Distinguishing English Learners with Learning Disabilities

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This panel will focus on state, higher education and district level efforts and supports in identifying English Learners (ELs) with disabilities. The panelists will highlight best practices and findings from surveys of experts, bilingual teachers’ ideologies, and decision-making practices. This includes offering guidance to ensure that ELs are not mistakenly classified as students with disabilities and an overview of best practices on how to best identify and serve English learners with disabilities from a district viewpoint.


Jamal Abedi

UC Davis
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Dr. Veronica Aguila

Director, English Learner Support Division, California Department of Education
Veronica Aguila, Ed.D., is the Director of the English Learner Support Division at the CDE. The division oversees the Language Policy and Leadership Office, Technical Assistance and Monitoring Office, and Migrant Education Office and coordinates the CDE’s efforts to address the... Read More →
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Kristen Brown

Lead One System Whole Child Initiative, California Department of Education
Dr. Kristen BrownOne System/Whole Child Integration Lead, California Department of Education@CDEOneSystem Kristen Brown is leading the California Department of Education (CDE)’s One System Serving the Whole Child Initiative. She has held several other positions within the CDE. She... Read More →

Timothy Tipton

San Diego USD

Yu Zhang

UC Davis

Saturday March 31, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Regency C - Hyatt Regency Hotel