Professional Learning: Dual Language Learners

Formal professional learning opportunities offered by the Diagnostic Center, Northern California (DCN). This is part of the 2024-25 Professional Development Catalog.

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Topic Areas: Assessment | Behavior | Dual Language Learners | Intervention & Instruction | Mental Health


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Assessment of Dual Language Learners: An Overview

Presenter(s)

  • Liz Arenas, M.S., CCC-SLP-L, Speech-Language Pathologist

Intended Audience

  • Speech-Language Pathologists

Sessions

  • DL006: In-Person (3 hours)
  • DL003: Virtual - Part 1 (1.5 hours)
  • DL005: Virtual - Part 2 (1.5 hours)

This training will provide participants with a guided overview of the best practice guidelines for assessing culturally and linguistically diverse students as conducted by Diagnostic Center-Northern California. The framework was developed to address the disproportionate number of culturally and linguistically diverse students being over-and under-identified for speech-language services.

Participants Will

  • Become familiar with best practice guidelines for designing and conducting an unbiased language and communication assessment
  • How to implement the DCN framework to conduct language and communication assessments. Participants will receive copies of the forms used at the center to guide future assessments.
  • Learn about resources to support and inform assessments of Dual Language Learners

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A Culturally Responsive Approach to Working in the Schools: A Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists

Presenter(s)

  • Liz Arenas, M.S., CCC-SLP-L, Speech-Language Pathologist

Intended Audience

  • Speech-Language Pathologists

Sessions

  • DL007: In-Person (2 hours)
  • DL004: Virtual (1.5 hours)

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) working in schools work with students from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. This training will provide participants with an overview of best practice guidelines to consider when planning intervention.

Participants Will

  • Become familiar with terms. What does it mean to be culturally responsive?
  • Become familiar with current research findings regarding effective, successful, and appropriate therapy
  • Learn resources to help support speech-language therapy
  • What to do when the SLP does not share the student's language(s) or culture.

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