Maryland School 
 Psychologists' Association

MSPA Spring Conference 2017

  • 21 Apr 2017
  • 8:15 AM - 4:00 PM
  • The Hotel at Arundel Preserves, 7795 Arundel Mills Blvd, Hanover, MD 21076
  • 99


  • 1 table, includes 1 meal

Registration is closed

Spring Conference 2017

    English Language Learners: Assessment and Intervention 


Samuel Ortiz, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology St. John’s University; Internationally recognized expert on nondiscriminatory assessment, evaluation of English learners, cross-battery assessment (XBA), and learning disabilities; Has served as: Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at Nagoya University, Japan; Vice President for Professional Affairs of APA Division 16 (School Psychology); Chair of APA’s Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment; member of the Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education; representative on the New York State Committee of Practitioners on ELL and LEP Students; member of APA Presidential Task Force on Educational Disparities


Friday, April 21, 2017 


The Hotel at Arundel Preserves

7795 Arundel Mills Blvd.

Hanover, MD 21076


Program Description:

This workshop will present current research on language, cognitive, and academic development and their application to evaluation within a comprehensive, research-based framework for generating valid data to support conclusions and decisions regarding the presence or absence of various types of disorders with English learners. Participants will be given instruction covering the implementation of evaluation procedures in a step-by-step manner for adequately measuring various abilities, guidelines for evaluating the validity of test scores, rules governing the selection and use of scores generated via testing in English vs. the native language, and specific guidance via case study examples that illustrate application of X-BASS and use of the C-LIM with emphasis on identification of specific learning disability, intellectual disability, and speech-language impairment. Topics include: issues in first and second language acquisition; the legacy of testing with bilinguals, understanding bias in testing; issues regarding test score validity; and use of the Culture-Language Interpretive Matrix. The knowledge and skills gained will be useful to practitioners at all levels and provides a solid base for engaging in evaluation of English learners that constitutes defensible and current best practices.


Learning Objectives:

1.      Understand the history of cultural and linguistic factors in the development of psychometric principles and tools.

2.      Know the basic steps and process involved in conducting comprehensive and systematic evaluation of culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

3.      Learn the advantages and limitations of traditional approaches to evaluation of individuals from diverse backgrounds including alteration or modifications in test administration, use of nonverbal tests, and native language evaluation procedures.

4.      Apply current research in the evaluation of the extent to which the validity of various assessment approaches and test results are undermined by cultural and linguistic factors.

5.      Learn how to apply and use the C-LIM (within X-BASS) as a method for evaluating the extent to which cultural/linguistic factors may have compromised the validity of test performance and results.

6.      Learn how to interpret standardized tests and other data in a nondiscriminatory manner.

7.      Recognize when cultural/linguistic differences are more likely to be the primary explanation for academic problems than cognitive-based dysfunction.   


Program Overview:

     8:15-9:00  Registration and Coffee

     9:00-12:00 Samuel Ortiz (ELL: Assessment and Intervention)

     12:00-1:30  Buffet Lunch, MSPA General Membership Meeting/ Awards

     1:30-4:00  Samuel Ortiz (ELL: Assessment and Intervention)


CPD/CE Information:                            

Documentation of attendance for 5.5 hours of Continuing Professional Development/Continuing Education (CPD/CE) credit will be provided to certified school psychologists and licensed psychologists who complete the entire workshop.  Partial credit cannot be awardedIn order to receive CPD/CE credit, attendees must arrive no later than 15 minutes after the start, and may not leave prior to 15 minutes before the end of the program.  The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and hence the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists recognize MSPA as an approved provider of CPD/CE for psychologists (NASP APS #1002).  MSPA maintains responsibility for the program. 

Download Conference Brochure here!

The conference will be held at The Hotel at Arundel Preserves, 7795 Arundel Mills Boulevard, Hanover, Maryland 21076.  Attendees can book a room at the hotel the night before or the night of the conference at a special MSPA rate of $152.00.  Call 1-888-624-4011 and identify yourself as an MSPA conference attendee The room block will be released on March 30, 2017.

The required annual MSPA general membership meeting will be held during the luncheon.  Meeting rooms are wheelchair accessible and any participant that requires any special services (such as an interpreter), should note this requirement on the registration form at least one month in advance of the conference.  Interpreters cannot be hired after March 31, 2017.  Persons with questions or special needs should contact:  Amy Jagoda at (410) 386-1818 or 

Registration must be postmarked (or registered online) by March 25, 2017 There is a $25.00 additional fee for late registrants after March 25, 2017. There is a REGISTRATION DEADLINE of April 7, 2017 and there will be NO WALK-IN REGISTRATIONS.  If you want confirmation of your registration, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard.  Your attendance certificate acts as your receipt (monetary receipts are available at the conference upon request).  Registration is limited and accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Reimbursement requests for registration cancellations will be honored until March 25, 2017Requests for refunds must be received in writing. Reimbursement requests must be received by mail or by an email sent to Amy Jagoda at on or before March 25, 2017.  Reimbursement requests after that date cannot be guaranteed.

Register and pay online by going to or mail registration forms and checks to: MSPA Spring Conference, P.O. Box 1859, Westminster, MD 21158.  CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED BY MAIL.  IF YOU WISH TO PAY BY CREDIT CARD, YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE. 


This conference is intended to meet the cultural diversity requirement for Maryland license renewal.



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