Educating All Learners to Thrive During School Closure

Updated: May 19, 2020

This blog originally appeared on the NGLC Blog on April 16, 2020 by Eric Tucker and Erin Mote.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, how do we ensure that learning moves forward for all learners, especially students with disabilities?

Like many other public schools, Brooklyn LAB is working out how to best support our students through the COVID-19 school closure. We are looking for quality and relevant solutions to ensure learning keeps going for all, especially for students with disabilities.

Of the 55 million students in the U.S., one in five have learning and attention issues, and these students face more hardship under the school closure. During this time, these students lose some of the things they need the most: connection with peers and trusted adults; stable routines; and access to resources schools provide, including food, nurse and optical care, counseling services, and physical activity. The pandemic has revealed the many ways public schools strengthen the fabric of community life and provide a safety net to our most vulnerable students, and we must find a way to continue this support.

Educators Collaborating to Support Complex Learners Virtually While there are hundreds of resources to support complex learners, educators need a simple, curated set of best-in-class tools and a platform to connect with others to navigate the challenges of remote operations.