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Subject: Webinars/Special Education and English Language Learners:  Guidance for LEA Staff

Source: Office of Special Education

Intended Audience:  Special Education Teachers, ESL Teachers, School Administrators, Special Education Administrators, ELL Coordinators, Special Education Process Coordinators, School Counselors, General Education Teachers, Parents of ELL Students, School Board Members, and other persons involved with decision making for ELL students with disabilities

Date: December 2, 2013

Please join us for the first in a series of webinars about Special Education and English Language Learners:  Guidance for LEA staff on Monday, December 9, 2013, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The series will address the issues and implications for English Language Learners (ELL) throughout the special education process.  The first webinar will focus on an overview of the ELL and Special Education programs including key terms and the legal foundations of each program.  In addition, data will be examined to highlight the need for more collaboration between these two programs as well as discussing common “myths”.   A new resource for use in the special education identification process for ELL students will be discussed.  Following the presentation there will be a live question and answer session.  The webinar will be presented by Nancy Thomas, Assistant Director, Special Education Compliance; Beth Bashore, Assistant Director, Special Education Effective Practices; and, Lori Hanna, Director, ELL Curriculum.

If you have questions to submit prior to the webinar, please send them to: nancy.thomas@dese.mo.gov (indicate "SPED and ELL webinar" in the subject line).  We will respond to these questions and others that are received during the webinar as time allows and will post the all questions and answers on our website.

To participate in this webinar, go to http://dese.mo.gov/webinar/Webinar-12-09-13-SE.htm.  The webinar will be recorded and posted under the Webinars - Recorded button at http://dese.mo.gov/webinar/.

If you need an accommodation as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in this webinar, please call 573-751-5739 at least 48 hours in advance of the webinar to discuss the accommodation.