Nondiscriminatory Assessment of English Language Learners Through the Lens of Neuropsychology
Presented by Monica Oganes, Ph.D.
The growing English learner population and limited ability of bilingual practitioners who speak every language has generated the need for all practitioners to engage in culturally competent assessment practices that provide valid data for intervention design that truly improves learning outcomes. This workshop will integrate best practice in school neuropsychology and bilingual assessment starting at classroom-level formative assessment through the comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation. Using a cross-battery model for the selection of subtests to assess cognitive profiles related to academic deficits, monolingual and bilingual practitioners will learn skills to assess culturally and linguistically diverse students of all linguistic backgrounds. The skills learned in this workshop can be immediately applied upon returning to work.
NASP Domains 1, 2, 3, 5, and 8
Monica obtained an educational specialist degree in school psychology and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a neuropsychology concentration. She has experience working in public schools, hospital settings, and is now Clinical Director of her group practice with offices in Miami and Orlando. She currently serves in the NASP Bilingual Interest Group Leadership and as Chair of the School Neuropsychology Committee at FASP. Monica is passionate about nondiscriminatory professional practice. As consultant to psychological test publishers, Monica has participated in translation and development of more than a dozen test instruments used in psychology practice internationally. Monica provides training and consultation on best practice in the assessment and instruction of bilingual learners to school districts and psychology associations at the national and international levels.