Book Study Professional Learning Group

Students of the Global Majority, English Language Learners, and Special Education

Professional Development

Are you working to problem-solve how to best help your students avoid needing services from Special Education? Do you see higher than expected numbers of students of the global majority and English Language Learners participating in Special Education services and wonder why?

We will meet for 5 two-hour meetings between early March and the end of May to develop our understandings and to create an action plan that we can use back in our schools.

Join us to explore these issues as we read and discuss the following texts: 

  • Why Are So Many Minority Students in Special Education? Understanding Race and Disability in Our Schools. Beth Harry and Janette Klingner. Teachers College Press. 2014.
  • English Language Learners: Differentiating Between Language Acquisition and Learning Disabilities. Janette Klingner and Amy M. Eppolito. Council for Exceptional Children. 2014.

Our first meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 12, 2018, 4:00pm - 6:00pm at the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton. Subsequent meeting days and times will be decided upon collaboratively, by group participants. 

Participants are encouraged to come to all meetings, if possible. There is no charge for participation.

Certificates of attendance and PDPs are available. Please note: you must register here in order to receive a certificate or PDPs. In order to complete the requirements for earning PDPs, participants will complete outside reading of the two books, attend the 5 sessions (or equivalent in case of illness), and create a personal action plan.


  • Photo of Laurel Dickey

    Laurel Dickey has been a teacher leader in the Reading Recovery program at the Collaborative for Educational Services since 1993. Her long commitment to ensuring that all young children excel as literacy learners has informed her work over the past 25 years with young children who are struggling with literacy learning, and in training teachers who work with these children. 

For more information, contact:
Events Manager
413.586.4900 x5935