Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education

A nonprofit organization for  educators, families, and policy makers

Dual Language Special Education Network Meeting

Purpose of Network:

    • Networking and mutual support for educators who support dual language (bilingual) special education students, including Special Education, Dual Language and ESL/ELL teachers and adminstrators.
    • Supporting the growth of effective practices for dual language learners in the field of Special Education
    • Providing professional development needs for special education teachers, staff, and administrators working with dual language learners
    • Sharing research and field related program and instructional information regarding special education and dual language learners

    Connections to MABE's Goals:

    • Promote and disseminate research-based programs and practices supporting bilingualism and multiculturalism for educational success
    • Develop relationships and collaborate with community-based, professional and educational organizations serving immigrants, ELLs, and bilingual populations
    • Provide mentoring to special educators in order to reduce isolation and provide greater collaboration amongst special educators supporting ELLs.

      Intended Audience:

      MABE, MATSOL AND CEC MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING - Special Educators, School Psychologist, Speech and Language Pathologist, and Educational Leaders interested in Special Education Issues (e.g., Moderate Special Needs, Director of Special Education, Institutes of Higher Education, Literacy and Instructional Coaches, Interventionists)

      Fee: $20 for meeting registration

      Registration here -

      • Payment by purchase order, check, or credit card.
        Location for all meetings: Ashland Public Library, Community Room, 66 Front St., Ashland, MA

        Time: 4:30 – 7:30 pm

        Certificate of PDP's available for participation in this Network

               Meeting Dates SY'2017:

        • Fall: Wednesday, November 16, 2016  -  Topic on Practice: Writing Assessment Reports of bilingual students to determine eligibility for special education services.  Meeting Agenda
        • Winter: Wednesday, January, 25, 2017  -  Topic on Practice: A dialogue with health care professionals on assessments of dual language learners.    Meeting Agenda
        Flyer Schedule for School Year 2016-2017


        • Members of the Dual Language Special Education Network provided input to the Draft document "Is Special Education the Right Service?"  Read feedback submitted March 30, 2016
        Future Events Sponsored by Our Partners
        • NEW! Lasell Launches New Bilingual/English Learners with Disabilities Teaching Certificate

          The program offers four, six-week courses that result in Professional Development Points (30 professional development points (PDPs) per course for a total of 120 PDPs) for educators.  Announcement Flyer    Information Flyer
        • CEC National Conference – April 19 – 22, 2017, Boston, MA
        • MATSOL Annual Conference – May 31 – June 2, 2017, Framingham, MA
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