Educating Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in the 21st Century: Linguistic Diversity or Learning Disability

Dr. Lezley Collier Lewis  Presenters: Dr. Lezley Collier Lewis and  Dr. Mariagrazia Marzano Sheffield 
  Workshop Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm (Two Days)
  Registration time:
8:00 am
  Registration fee:
$349 ($299 for Texas ASCD members)

  Please contact our office at 512.565.4755 to schedule this institute at your location.


Educating Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) students with special needs is a daunting challenge.  The workshop Educating Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in the 21st Century provides an overview of special program development and integration for educating the special needs, CLD student.   Participants will engage with topics addressing special program integration, multiple exceptionalities and a student centered approach to educating CLD students.  Educational experts from the fields of Bilingual/English as a Second Language and Special Education will present on a variety of topics addressing effective program integration and special services for CLD students at the elementary level. 

Dr. Lezley Collier Lewis will provide a comprehensive program overview of current bilingual and English as a second language program models.  Best Practices models for educating CLD students will be identified and special education integration will be addressed.   Specific attention will be given to instructional models that promote inclusive education for students with special needs. Educational concerns for CLD students, based on Linguistic Diversity or Learning Disability¬© will also be addressed by Special Education CLD expert, Dr. Mariagrazia Marzano Sheffield.

Throughout the workshop, experts will highlight the Multiple Exceptionalities of CLD Students©, engage in strategies and models for integrating special program services and effective program development and delivery. Participants will take from the workshop a new and revitalized approach to meeting the challenge of educating CLD students.

Dr. Lezley Collier Lewis is an educational consultant and state-wide expert on Dual Language education.  She has been instrumental in instituting, developing and sustaining multiple dual language programs throughout Texas.  Dr. Collier Lewis has presented at state, national and international conferences on a variety of topics impacting second language learners.  She has worked to recruit bilingual teachers at the local, state and international level.  Over her twenty plus years in education, Dr. Collier Lewis has worked in a variety of capacities in both the public and private sectors.   She has served as a strategist for school districts implementing systemic change through strategic planning.  Her teaching background includes P-16, bilingual/ESL education, public school district-level administration, and, most recently, the development of Multiple Exceptionalities of the CLD Student and special program integration.  However, her greatest accomplishment is that of being a parent of a public school, two-way, bilingual immersion program graduate who is currently completing her teaching certification at Texas Tech University.

Dr. Mariagrazia Marzano Sheffield is a district-level expert in the field of Special Education.  She is currently the Executive Director of Special Education in Fort Worth ISD and has served as an educational consultant and presenter in the area of serving second language learners in Special Education.  A native of Rome, Italy, Dr. Marzano Sheffield epitomizes the second language learner.  She is fluent in three languages, Italian, Spanish and English.

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