Association for Behavior Analysis International

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47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #325
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission Promoting Equity in Assessment and Intervention With Young Dual-Language Learners
Sunday, May 30, 2021
6:00 PM–6:50 PM
Area: VRB; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Sarah A. Lechago (University of Houston-Clear Lake)
CE Instructor: Sarah A. Lechago, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: LILLIAN DURÁN (University of Oregon)

Participants will learn key strategies and evidence-based practices to improve the services delivered to young dual language learners (DLLs) and their families. DLLs are an important and growing demographic in the US and this presentation will focus on practices that improve the accuracy of language assessment with children who are bilingual or multilingual and intervention approaches that can maximize language development. This presentation will focus on the need to provide services that promote equity in educational outcomes and validate the cultural and linguistic identity of the children and families we serve.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Practitioners, administrators, researchers

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe approaches to language assessment with dual language learners that improve accuracy and reduce bias; (2) discuss evidence-based language intervention practices and strategies for incorporating a child’s home language into intervention; (3) discuss basic fundamentals of bilingual development and how these principals of bilingual development should be incorporated into assessment and intervention; (4) reflect on their current service delivery with DLLs and identify areas for improvement.
LILLIAN DURÁN (University of Oregon)

Lillian Durán has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences at the University of Oregon. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Antioch College and a M.A. in Education and Human Development from the George Washington University. Her research is focused on improving instructional and assessment practices with preschool-aged dual language learners (DLLs). She is currently a Co-Principal Investigator on an IES measurement grant to develop a Spanish version of the Individual Growth and Development Indicators (S-IGDIs), a preschool language and literacy general outcome measure designed for screening and progress monitoring. Dr. Durán frequently delivers presentations nationally on the topic of recommended practices in assessment and intervention with young DLLs with and without identified disabilities. Dr. Durán also has experience with higher education curriculum development and she began a graduate Early Childhood Special Education licensure program at Minnesota State Mankato. Additionally, she has served on multiple equity and diversity councils including the National Association for Young Children and the Division for Early Childhood. Prior to Dr. Durán’s work in higher education she worked for 9 years as an early childhood special education teacher both in Prince George’s County, Maryland and in rural Minnesota.




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