January 8, 2020
Evidence-based Evaluation of English Learners: A contemporary approach to testing for all practitioners
with Dr. Sam Ortiz
Learning Objectives: In general, following the workshop, participants will able t:o:
- Understand the true nature of bias in testing as a function of construct validity.
- Identify the limitations of various approaches to testing English learners and the extent to which validity is undermined by cultural and linguistic factors.
- Apply research findings in a manner that permits a “true peer” comparison for English learners
- Learn how to apply and use the Culture-Language Test Classifications and Interpretive Matrix as a method for evaluating the extent to which cultural and linguistic factors may have compromised the validity of test performance and results.
- Explain the dual-norming structure of the Ortiz PVAT and its relevance to testing.
- Draw valid conclusions regarding Gc/language ability as guided by results from the Ortiz PVAT
- Engage in competent and valid evaluation of any individual regardless of language background
December 6, 2019
Best Practices in Emotional Disturbance and Other Health Impairment Assessments
with Dr. Michael Giambona
Overall, participants will learn best practices in assessing students for Emotional Disturbance and Other Health Impairment. Specifically, participants will learn the evolution of the Emotional Disturbance category and factors that influence assessment will be addressed. Further, properly understanding and applying the qualifying criteria will be presented.
The federal definition and educational criteria for Other Health Impairment will be presented to increase participants’ knowledge of the category. Participants will learn how to legally and ethically utilize the OHI category and what information must be present in the report. Strategies and techniques for thorough assessment will be presented. Finally, the participants will learn to differentiate between the ED and OHI qualification.
June 21, 2019
Executive Function in the Everyday Context: The Evidence for Assessment and Intervention
With Dr. Peter Isquith
Executive functions contribute demonstrably to children’s success in the academic, social, emotional and behavioral domains, and executive dysfunction contributes to a wide range of clinical conditions. In this presentation, we will discuss contributions of rating scale and performance measures to assessment of executive functions, including profiles in an array of clinical populations and associations with language, outcomes and biological markers. We will focus on how this data informs development of interventions, and approaches to assessing intervention outcome. Finally, we will review evidence for interventions with executive functions.
April 19, 2019
Educational Emotional Disturbance Legally Defensible Assessment
With Dr. Ray Easler
Resources from the Workshop
Ray Easler, PhD, is director of Special Education in the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District since 2004. Prior to that, he was a school psychologist for the Riverside SELPA. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina; his dissertation was focused on emotional disturbance and the socially maladjusted. He has more than 25 years of experience in psychology and mental health working with both children and adults.
October 12, 2019