Research has proven, time and again, that students of color are overrepresented in and over-referred for special education services—a trend rooted in cultural misunderstandings about students’ language and behavioral presentations. The research has documented a connection between teachers’ language attitudes and special education referrals (especially regarding the emotional and behavioral disturbance category). While increasing numbers of researchers are working to document these practices and offer viable solutions to address and effect change in this trend, the family-teacher partnership holds immense potential in changing and bucking this trend. In this workshop, participants will engage in role-plays and guided discussions designed to help them produce an intervention plan that begins to tackle language attitudes and other factors that lead to the overrepresentation of students of color in special education. We will look specifically at how families and teachers can partner to stem this tide.
Presenter: Pam Jones