Breaking Down Borders for Multilingual Learners with Disabilities

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Recorded on Tuesday, July 18 at 2023 at 4:00 PM EST

This Center for Applied Linguistics webinar provided an overview of how educators and policymakers can collaborate to enhance the experiences of multilingual learners with disabilities in schools and in society. We heard from experts Guillermo Solano-Flores, Professor of Education at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, and Laurene Christensen, Director of Accessibility Research at WIDA. The Webinar was moderated by Alfredo J. Artiles, Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education at Stanford University and CAL Board Trustee, and Justin R. Kelly, Director of Test Development at CAL. This webinar explored ways in which current research can filter down to local advocates to improve the lives of multilingual learners with disabilities.

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Fairness in Testing: Designing, Using, and Evaluating Test Accommodations for English Learners

The design of mathematics testing accommodations for second language learners: semiotic exchangeability of translation and illustration pop-up glossaries in computer-administered tests

The semiotics of test design: Conceptual framework on optimal item features in educational assessment across cultural groups, countries, and languages

ALTELLA_Brief-05_Framework.pdf (

Applying the Framework: A Matrix for Educators to Address Students’ Language and Disability Needs (

Date: This webinar is part of the Center for Applied Linguistics' Research to Policy webinar series.