1st Edition

How to Better Serve Racially, Ethnically, and Linguistically Diverse (RELD) Students in Special Education A Guide for Under-resourced Educators and High-needs Schools

By Buruuj Tunsill Copyright 2024
    114 Pages
    by Routledge

    114 Pages
    by Routledge

    This important guide offers practical teaching solutions to address the challenges facing RELD students in special education, particularly in high-needs schools where the number of students identified as needing special education exceeds the national average. Written from the perspective of someone with her own lived experience of unique learning needs and marginalization, this book prepares educators to effectively serve our increasingly diverse student population, while also addressing certain special education policy issues and over/underrepresentation of RELD students in special education. Featuring real-life examples and practical strategies to start using in the classroom, this book is key reading for any special educator or school leader striving to ensure special education becomes more equitable and effective.


    Meet the Author

    1.    The Purpose of Special Education and Major Cases and Laws that Impact RELD Students

    2.    Assessments and RELD Students in Special Education

    3.    Disproportionality and Culturally Sustaining Practices

    4.    Prevalent Issues Impacting RELD Families and Educators

    5.    The Impact Your Mindset has on Teaching RELD Students in Special Education


    Glossary of Key Terms


    Buruuj Tunsill is a doctoral candidate at Florida International University. Her research interests include culturally and linguistically diverse students' needs and collaboration with families. Prior to becoming a full-time PhD student, Buruuj taught for five years at an underserved school, where she focused on students with emotional behavioral disorders.