Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Instructional Practice in Special Education



A CEC/DDEL Collaborative Webinar

Thursday, Oct. 10
4-5 p.m. ET


In this webinar you will learn about five components of culturally and linguistically responsive instruction for exceptional learners, including: IEP considerations, supporting language development, cultural considerations, meaningful participation of families, and coordination of programs and services. In addition, this webinar will offer guidelines for selecting culturally responsive instructional materials, and creating a positive learning environment for culturally and linguistically diverse exceptional learners. 

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Identify the components of instruction for exceptional learners that are responsive to their disability in the context of their socio-cultural and linguistic identities.
  • Identify considerations for IEP development to ensure services are appropriate for exceptional learners and families from diverse communities.
  • Discuss specific strategies that are responsive to the socio-cultural and linguistic characteristics of  exceptional students and families.
  • Describe criteria for selecting materials and approaches that are appropriate for use in diverse settings.

Presented By:

Garcia_ShernazShernaz B. Garcia is associate professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin.   As a teacher educator, researcher, and administrator of bilingual/multicultural special education programs at the university level for over 25 years, she has played a central role in designing special education teacher education programs to prepare culturally and linguistically responsive practitioners. Her research interests include cultural influences on teaching and learning, factors contributing to educational risk for students from non-dominant socio-cultural and linguistic communities; development of systemic structures for the prevention of, and early intervention for academic underachievement; family-professional partnerships; and personnel preparation.