Identification: Multimedia

This audio cast discusses the overrepresentation of English language learners in special education programs and advocates for reducing this disproportionality by supporting the language learning and cultural differences of students, especially at an early age.


Audiocast: Reducing Disproportionality for English Language Learners in Special Education: The Role of Head Start Educators. HHS/ACF/OHS. Head Start English Language Learners Project at Community Development Institute. 00:57:39.

Webcast: Assessing the Progress of Children Who are Dual Language Learners in Head Start and Early Head Start. This Webcast explored the progress of DLLs in all areas of development and in all the domains of the Child Outcomes Framework. It discussed a variety of contexts and languages present in Head Start programs across the country. It also provided specific recommendations to better involve classroom leaders and families in supporting children.

With accompanying viewer's guides in English [PDF, 83KB] and Spanish [PDF, 84KB].

Webinar: Assessing the Progress of English Language Development for Children Who Are Dual Language Learners in Head Start and Early Head Start. This Webinar provided specific examples of how to address the mandate in the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 that requires program to ensure children make “... progress towards acquisition of the English language....” Experts and practitioners presented different approaches for observing and documenting progress of English acquisition in DLLs and discussed how the information can be used to inform intentional practice. Assessment of the home language was also discussed.

Be sure to visit the Disabilities section for more information.

Dual Language Learners and Families with Disabilities: Identification Multimedia. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2009. English.

Last Reviewed: July 2010

Last Updated: November 13, 2014