Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Special Education

SIG Leadership

Marilu Genao, Chair

Questions? E-mail:  specialeducation@nystesol.org

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time

Past Events

Special Education Students and the NYSESLAT
 April 26, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
The Ossining Public Library
53 Croton Ave
Croton, NY

The recent Salon held by the Special Education SIG was a Salon success! Held at the Ossining Library, it was the perfect venue to address this important topic of how Special Education students are prepared for and participate in the NYSESLAT exam.

The discussion was a lively one. Of particular concern shared by those in attendance was the lack of prep time for this exam (unlike other state assessments which seem to receive much more prep time). Concerns were shared about how ESL students are perceived in general education settings and how they often appear to receive less attention. It was noted that these students are required to take this exam (NYSESLAT) annually and that it seems unfair to hold them accountable for a test that those in attendance thought that most English as a first language students might not pass. Also part of the discussion was concerns surrounding how classroom teachers are left on their own when an ESL student lands in their classroom and they have very little knowledge of how to properly educate them.

Overall, the evening was a smashing success!

If you are interested in learning more about the Special Education SIG, please use the contact information at the top of this webpage.

RTI:  Effective Practices for ELLs with Special Needs
Sponsored by Special Education and Elementary SIGs

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2011
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Central Islip School District Library, Long Island