The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) and State Support Team Region 9 (SST9) are excited to announce we have secured 2 additional training sessions with Steve Gill. These sessions are only open to the districts who participated in our Differentiating Language Acquisition from Disability series from January 2021 - March 2021. Please read all the information in this message as it may answer questions you have about participation.
• Your district team may add new team members based on the specific focus of these trainings.
• The team members may differ for each of the two trainings.
• Your district team must include someone who participated in the original four part series for each of the 2 new trainings.
• Each district team member registers individually.
• There is no cost to participate
After registering, you will receive an email from [email protected] within 5-7 business days indicating if you have been approved to participate.
Session descriptions and registration links -
Session 1: The ELL Critical Data Process - Preschool Version Friday, April 30th 11:00am - 3:00pm on Zoom
Steve does not have a separate book that focuses on the preschool process.
This section focuses on training those in attendance on how to complete the Preschool Version of the ELL Critical Data Process. This is the process created by Steve that helps staff to gather the most critical data, follow a structured process, and create a product that helps them to see whether more interventions are needed or if a special education referral is a reasonable option. The Preschool Version of the ELL Critical Data Process brings key staff members to the table and structures the discussions so that a student’s needs are better understood. It focuses less on measured data (given there is far less available) and more on specific comparisons of the child’s development in key areas as compared to like peers’ development in the same areas, focusing on the LE3AP process. The LE3AP process is a lens used to look at student struggles focusing on: Exposure, Experience, Expectations, and Practice. This is a theme in many of the books written by Steve and Ushani. It helps educators understand if the student’s struggle is to be expected given these factors or if the student should not have the noted struggles given this lens.
Session 2: Evaluating Language Learners for the Possibility of Special Education Qualification - Lessons Learned Friday, May 14th 11:00am - 3:00pm on Zoom
We will not be providing a book for this session. Steve suggests the Lessons Learned while Evaluating ELL Students for Potential Special Education Qualification Paperback – March 21, 2020 book if you are interested in purchasing the book individually.
This section of the training focuses on providing an overview of the techniques and steps outlined in our book Lessons Learned While Evaluating ELL Students for Potential Special Education Qualification. This is the culmination of 30 years of working on increasing the likelihood of finding students who truly have disabilities, versus the students whose struggles are primarily related to language acquisition. This section provides practical advice on how to help others, strangers to the situation, understand how the decision was made and what evidence was used. In the end, is the determinant factor language acquisition or language acquisition with a disability? This includes information needed to defend the decision within the special education eligibility report.
Dana and I look forward to seeing your teams soon. Easter blessings!