I’ll be publishing a piece in my Education Week Teacher column later this year on how to best assist English Language Learners with special needs, and educators have contributed some great responses. I thought I’d also get a head-start on collecting and sharing related-resources by publishing this list and inviting more suggestions.

Here’s what I have so far:

Teaching English Language Learners With Special Needs is a two-part series in my Education Week Teacher column on the topic.

Report Offers Guiding Principles to Support ELLs With Disabilities is from Learning The Language at Education Week.

I published a post awhile back seeking advice on this topic, and received some helpful comments.

ELs With Special Needs: Combining Language Goals With Learning Strategies is from The TESOL blog.

English Language Learners with Learning Disabilities is a video from Colorin Colorado.

States Struggle to Identify, Support ELLs with Learning Disabilities is from Ed Week.

English Language Learners with Disabilities: A Call for Additional Research and Policy Guidelines is from the Council of Chief State School Officers.


Special Education and English Language Learners is from Colorin Colorado.

ESOL and Special Education Collaboration: A Teacher’s Perspective is from Colorin Colorado.

The May 2017 Focus Bulletin from WIDA is on Focus on ELLs with Disabilities: Identifying ELLs with Specific Learning Disabilities.

RTI and English Learners: 4 Considerations is by Jane Echevarria. I’d like to particularly recommend her seven questions “to distinguish between disability and language difference.”

Don’t Underestimate, Shortchange ELLs With Disabilities, Researcher Argues is from Ed Week.

700,000 English-Language Learners Have a Disability. We Have to Do Better by Them appeared in Ed Week.