Episode 9 - Interview with Dr. Jenny Wells and Jessica Miranda (University of Hawaii at Manoa)

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What’s inside: In this episode, we spoke with Dr. Jenny Wells and Dr. Jenny Wells, Associate Professor of Special Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Jessica Miranda, Doctoral Candidate in Educational Psychology and Director of Assessment, Accreditation, and Accountability for the College of Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. We’ll be chatting with them about their 2017 paper published in Language Teaching Research entitled  "Preparing special education teacher candidates to teach ELLs with disabilities: How well are we doing?".

Classroom Implications: We discuss a four element framework of essential ELL content for pre-service and in-service special education teachers to acquire in order to better support English Language Learners in the general ed and special education classroom. Those are:

  1. Knowing the foundation of Second Language Acquisition

  2. Knowing the socio-cultural and political foundations as well as legal aspects of teaching ELLs with disabilities

  3. Knowing best-practices for instruction and teaching strategies for ELLs with disabilities

  4. Knowing assessment practices and accommodations for ELLs with disabilities

Learn more about our guest: To learn more about Dr. Jenny Wells, follow her via Research Gate at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jenny_Wells3. To learn more about Jessica Miranda, follow her via research gate at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jessica_Miranda9.

Below are some links to research and published works referenced in this episode (full text included where possible):