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Course Introduction

Psychoeducational Issues
of Diverse Learners

Text Overview

Rhodes, R. L.; Ochoa, S. H.; & Samuel O.
Ortiz, S. O. (2005).
Assessing culturally and
linguistically diverse students: A practical
. NY: Guildford Press.

Payne, R. K. (2005).
A framework for
understanding poverty: Fourth Revised
Edition. Highland, TX: aha! Process, Inc.

Differentiated Assignments
Based on Student Needs

School Psychologists:

Need: Training on how to dx children who do not
speak English as L1.

Assignments: UNIT (IQ testing) and Report Writing

Others in COE:

If you are not a school psychology student, this
course may not be appropriate for you. Please
contact me for me information and/or differentiated

Course Requirements

Participate in weekly discussions and class

Complete readings as assigned by the instructor.

Complete a psychoeducational report and eligibility
document based on information given during class.

Write a paper a mid
term project.

Complete an online midterm exam and a final

Students will maintain a high level of

School Psychology Grading

10%: Participation and WebCT posting

(at least 2 informative postings)

25%: Midterm

20%: Debated Paper

20%: Psychoeducational Report & Eligibility


25%: Final

Attendance/ Participation

Policy for Online Class

Attendance/participation means that you
read the materials as assigned,
participate in online discussion boards,
listen to or watch any video or audio
provided, and ask questions to the
instructor and/or other members of the
class as they arise.

If you cannot participate for any reason,
let me know ASAP.

WebCampus Informative Posts

2 informative per topic area.

Informative means not simple agreements
or disagreements. See the following:

An on
topic question.

An answer to someone’s on
topic question.

Additional outside information or links to support the
lecture or discussion.

A description of a “real
world” situation where the
information is applicable.

Ruby Payne: Useful or Bunk?

Two Parts:

First ½ of the paper = in support

Second ½ = a dispute


Min.15; max. 20 pages (without references).

APA format, 12 pt font, double space


No more than 15% from internet websites,

No more than 20% from books.

Original articles MUST make up the majority

Turned in through the “Assignments” tab.

School Psychology:

Psychoeducational Report

You will be given basic information about a
bilingual child and accompanying test results.

Based only on this information, you will write a
comprehensive report and you will make a dx
that is to be written up using an eligibility

This assignment is NOT a group project. You
should treat it as a take
home test.

You should use the templates and handouts
provided to you in this class to guide how you
write your report.

Midterm and Final Exams

Midterm = 1

½ of the semester material.

Final = 2

½ of the semester material.

40 MC items

1 hour to complete

Test available for 2 days & must be completed in one

Open book/ open notes

Available through the “Assessments” tab on

analysis may be conducted

General Topics

Culture of poverty.


Cultural generalities
versus cultural

Referral process on
the multicultural child.

Home/ School
barriers on the
multicultural child.

Assessing the
multicultural and
multilingual child.

Bilingual/ special
education interface.


Why study ELL students?

LV 20.5% of
population foreign

LV 28.3% speak a
language other than
English @ home.

CCSD (2/06) 27%
receive ELL services

CCSD: 91 languages

2003 Census, CCSD website

Why study poverty?

U.S. % of workers <
$15,000 = 10.7% (2000)

NV % of workers <
$15,000 = 9.5% (2000)

U.S. = 16.6% of children
in poverty (2000)

NV = 17% of children in
poverty (2000)

LV = 17% of children in
poverty (2004)

$16,454 per year for
family of 4 is defined as

2000, 2003, 2004 Census

Why study poverty?

11% of variance in
achievement accounted
for by child’s race and

70% of variance in
achievement accounted
for by school’s SES

SES better predictor of
school success than

The longer a child is in
poverty the worse they
do in school

2000 Census;

Most importantly…

Ochoa, Rivera, and Ford (1997) found
that about 83% of school psychologists in
8 states w/ large culturally and
linguistically diverse pupil populations
(AZ, CA, CO, FL, NJ, NM, NY, and TX)
reported feeling less than adequately
trained by their university training

Group Assignments

Assignments used to be done as groups
in class. In an online format, you will be
holding these same discussions online.

When you see “group assignment” go to
the online forum.