Evidence-Based Practices for English Learners and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

This institute took place in New Britain, CT on Oct 23. Please feel free to utilize the conference resources on this page.

Overview of Connecticut English Language Proficiency (CELP) Standards

Maggie Stevens: Chair of the CELP Standards Committee

Click here to see the CSDE English Learner webpage

Keynote Presentation:

Integrating Culturally Responsive Teaching with Evidence Based Literacy Practices with English Language Learners

  • Rollanda E. O’Connor, Ph.D., Professor, University of California, Riverside
  • Michael J. Orosco, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Kansas
Randi OConnor

Rollanda O’Connor

Rollanda E. O’Connor is Professor and Eady/Hendrick Chair in Learning Disabilities in the Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on increasing the responsiveness of children to reading interventions in Grades K-4 including the effects of Tier 2 intervention for English Learners across the first five years of reading development, and interventions to improve reading skills of 8th graders with LD and other disabilities.

Michael Orosco

Michael Orosco

Michael J. Orosco is an associate professor in education specializing in bilingual special education at the University of Kansas. He was a bilingual special education teacher for five years before earning a PhD in Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Orosco’s research foci include the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education with math learning disabilities, math comprehension strategy instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse students, and enhancing the sustainability of culturally responsive and evidence-based math practices through professional development.