Reimagining the Way We Serve Students with Disabilities

Helpful resources on how to support students with diverse needs during a pandemic

By EducationCounsel & Marshall Street Initiatives at Summit Public Schools

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  • Ensuring that service to students with disabilities remains high-quality is paramount to achieving equity and inclusion. These services include accommodations and modifications, virtual IEP meetings, and progress monitoring. Learning loss as a result of COVID-19 is affecting all students and is especially concerning for our students already positioned furthest from opportunity.
  • Support for students at this time must acknowledge the whole child. When disability intersects with a lack of access to food, economic insecurity, or mental health needs, inequities are even further exacerbated. We also know that low-income Black, and Latinx students are experiencing this crisis in different, more acute ways. We must take a holistic approach to support all students.
  • We are all partners in change. Each of us has a responsibility to build an inclusive, accessible education ecosystem for our children; we cannot rely on the ingenuity of individual educators or families to overcome the challenges exacerbated by COVID-19. There is no substitute for an aligned school ecosystem, with all members working together for a common cause. This crisis is, above all, an opportunity for us to revisit some ground truths about education and equity and how we ⁠ — as educators, as parents, as community members — can redesign the system for true inclusion and equality of opportunity.

We are committed to creating learning environments that equitably support every student — especially students of color and low-income students. belenetwork.org

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