Awareness to Best Practice: Tiered Instruction, Intervention, and the Special Education Referral Process for ELLs

One-Day Institute

From Awareness to Best Practice: Tiered Instruction, Intervention, and the Special Education Referral Process for ELLs 

Presented by
Claudia Rinaldi, Ph.D., Lasell College
Elizabeth Hartmann, Ph.D., Lasell College

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, Framingham, MA


A repeat offering of our sold out Pre-Conference Institute in May 2015! As districts in the state continue to adopt and implement the Massachusetts Tiered System of Support (MTSS), this institute will provide guidance on the role of the ESL teachers in data-driven collaborative teams, professional learning communities, and instructional leadership teams.  MTSS delivers preventive, high-quality, evidenced-based instruction and interventions that can support the growing numbers of English language learners in general and in special education. The institute will also address recommended steps for effective implementation of:

  1. Core instructional practices including universal design for learning and sheltered instruction;
  2. MTSS-based pre-referral and special education referral team processes; and
  3. Tier 2 interventions for ELLs in reading.  

The presenters will also highlight the importance of collaboration and joint responsibility among ESL, special education, and general education educators in meeting the needs of all English language learners, including those with disabilities.


PK-12 ESL, bilingual, classroom teachers, content teachers, and administrators who participate in instruction of ELLs and MTSS-based pre-referral or Special Education referral team process in their schools or districts. Attendance as an educator team is recommended but not required for registration.


Claudia Rinaldi, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and serves as Chair of the Education Department at Lasell College. Her research addresses the implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) and Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) in urban settings and with large numbers of English language learners. Her experience engages educators on how to improve systems and instructional practices for students with reading difficulties who may be at-risk for failure, or those who are English language learners and who may have mild and moderate disabilities. She recently published a book for educators called Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling by Saddleback Publishing and co-authored the RTI-Based Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) Identification Toolkit for Educators for the Response to Intervention Action Network, a division from the National Center for Learning Disabilities.  Claudia also serves on the Board of Directors for the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), as a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Response to Intervention (RTI) Action Network at the National Center of Learning Disabilities, and a reviewer for the National Center of Intensive Interventions. You can follow her on Twitter @claudiamtss or read her blog is at

Elizabeth Hartmann, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor and coordinator of the Graduate Education program at Lasell College. She was a postdoctoral fellow in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) at Boston College, in collaboration with CAST. She has brought her expertise in UDL and special education to teacher preparation, and has co-developed a unique undergraduate and graduate program that integrates UDL and other educational research practices including Response to Intervention (RTI) and culturally responsive pedagogy.  Liz presents regularly to teacher educators and practitioners in these areas and  is a licensed special educator. In her research, she examines how to support learners with multiple and complex special needs. She also studies the UDL framework and the everyday working lives of teachers.

Registration Price
Current Member
Active membership as of Oct 31, 2015 or later
$ 195.00
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Membership expires on or before Oct 31, 2015
$ 235.00
Non-Member $ 235.00

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