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Dr. Esther Geva is here to talk through her work with assessing English language learners. She has worked for years in this arena and has literally co-written the book on culturally and linguistically diverse children. Esther shared a number of meaningful stories and case examples to really bring these principles to life. Here are just a few things that we cover during our discussion:
- The distinction between testing and assessment
- Defining “dynamic assessment.”
- Examples of a dynamic assessment
- How to write reports that encompass the principles of dynamic assessment
Cool Things Mentioned
- Forstein, Vygotsky’s work on dynamic problem solving
- Jim Comings’ work on children of immigrants
- Ezuirel and learning potential
- Judith Weiner’s work on writing reports
- Psychological Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children and Adolescents
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Dr. Esther Geva
Esther Geva (Ph.D., Psych) is Full Professor at OISE, University of Toronto. Her extensive research, publications, and graduate teaching focus on (a) the development of language and literacy skills in students from diverse linguistic backgrounds, (b) L2 students with learning difficulties, and (c) cultural perspectives on children’s psychological problems. She has presented her work internationally, served on numerous advisory, policy, and review committees in the US and Canada concerned with assessment and policy issues concerning culturally and linguistically diverse children and adolescents.
In applied practice, she is interested in community-based approaches to prevention and intervention in minority groups, and options in assessment, instruction for ELL and other L2 learners, and culturally sensitive work with families coming from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
About Dr. Jeremy Sharp
I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and have grown to over 20 clinicians. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.
As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.
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