Supporting English Learners with Exceptional Needs
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Supporting English Learners with Exceptional Needs: Instruction, Intervention and Assessment


Tuesday, ​31 March ​2020, 8 am - 12 pm

Workshop Description

In this workshop, presenters provide an introduction to the complex issues educators must address in seeking to identify and serve English learners with disabilities, particularly within inclusive settings. This workshop covers inclusive supports and accommodations in general education settings, problem-solving and interventions or strategies for support, and assessment and identification of English learners with disabilities.

Who Should Attend?

ESOL/ EFL teachers, administrators, special services personnel, and district leaders​

What will I Learn?

At the end of the session, participants will be able to

  • describe challenges in teaching, supporting and assessing English learners with disabilities
  • summarize strategies for including and supporting English learners in classroom settings, including use of accommodations when needed
  • identify considerations in selecting interventions and targeted supports for English learners who are academically or behaviorally at risk
  • describe elements of an appropriate assessment process used in determining whether an English learner may or may not have a disability


Patricia Rice Doran is an Associate Professor of Special Education at Towson University, where she oversees a federal teacher training project focused on English learners, advises elementary and middle school special education majors, and teaches courses focused on assessment, inclusion and cultural and language diversity.  Her research interests include linguistically accessible instruction, identification and service delivery for English learners with disabilities, and neurodevelopment. 

Amy Noggle currently serves as Coordinator of the Early Childhood/Special Education program at Towson University. For a decade, she taught in a metropolitan Maryland school district. Her research interests include father involvement, policy issues, and the inclusion of CLD families in special education processes. Her work has been published in the Early Childhood Education Journal and Young Exceptional Children.


Book Cover

Participants in this workshop will receive a copy of the text Supporting English Learners with Exceptional Needs ($40.95 Value), which was authored by Patricia Rice Doran and Amy Noggle, the presenters of this session.



Early: ​3 Feb

Advance: ​2 Mar

After ​​2 Mar

Registration Fee




You do not have to register for the full TESOL convention to attend this workshop, but you do have to register for this event through the convention registration form.​


If you have questions about the workshop, please contact TESOL Professional Learning