Special Education and ELL Special Interest Group

The WABE Special Education and ELL Special Interest Group’s mission is to support, expand and advocate for the appropriate identification, evaluation and instruction for ELL students of concern.

All are welcome to attend the SIG meetings and bring questions and resources to share.


Chair: Teresita Tobon
Co-chair: Steve Gill
Secretary: Traci Haddad

Next meeting

Agenda: TBD
Date/time:  TBD
Location: TBD
Contact: TBD


Meeting minutes
October 1, 2014 Minutes – Federal Way
May 7, 2014 – Issaquah
January 29, 2014 Meeting – Federal Way
October 16, 2013 Meeting – Everett
April 19, 2013 Planning Meeting at WABE Conference – Yakima
January 8, 2013 Planning Meeting –  Kent

Identification Tools
FAQ: Serving ELL Students with Special Needs: Questions from Steve Gill’s WABE Presentation April 2016

New Book! The ELL and Critical Data Process: Distinguishing Between Disability and Language Acquisition by Steve Gill and Ushani Nanayakkara
Critical Data for Student of Concern (electronic version)
– Kent SD
Critical Data for Student of Concern (paper version)
– Kent SD
Evaluating the Data from “Critical Data for ELLs of Concern”
– Kent SD
Pre-Referral Process Training ppt
— Issaquah SD
VPS Guide for ELs of Concern
— Vancouver SD
When Is It Appropriate to Refer an ELL to Special Education

Governance of ELL & Special Education
DOJ/DOE Memorandum January 7, 2015

Interventions for English Learners – Dr. Julie Esparza Brown
RTI for ELLs
Language Proficiency Continuum
The PLUSS Model – Sanford, Brown & Turner
The PLUSS Framework – chart


WABE OCDE GLAD (R) Trainer Network and Special Education Institute
November 3-4, 2017 Spokane, WA

WABE Dual Language and Secondary EL Institute
January 26-17, 2018 Vancouver, WA

WABE Annual Conference 2018: Language, Literacy, and Learning: 3Ls for ELs
March 23-24, 2018 Tacoma, WA


Chair: Teresita Tobon