The pandemic’s impact on students’ academic and social-emotional issues has been especially deep on students with disabilities. It’s been felt not only in the classroom but in areas including student mental health and in the loss of crucial momentum in the learning journey of these most-vulnerable students.
This forum will focus on the pandemic’s impact on populations of students who sometimes receive less attention in broader conversations about special education. Education Week staff will talk with experts and working educators about how the pandemic complicated challenges for these students and what schools are doing to make up for lost time and services due to the pandemic.
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Welcome and Introduction
Industry Perspective: Aligning Supports with Post-Pandemic Challenges
Supporting teachers and students has always been critical to instructional effectiveness and student outcomes. The support they need today, however, is remarkably different from the past as learning gaps have been compounded by staffing shortages. Learn how to identify and address key areas of key need to maximize educational growth and positive outcomes.
Panel Discussion: Anxiety and School Avoidance: What Schools Are Doing to Help Break the Cycle
Industry Perspective: A Strength-Based Approach for Serving Students with Disabilities in a Post-Pandemic World
Mounting statistics around post-pandemic learning loss impacting students with disabilities underscore the importance of serving students through a strengths-based model. Discover strategies and tools that educators can leverage to support students with disabilities through this lens.
Fireside Chat: What Schools Need to Know About the Next Steps for Special Education Students Post-Pandemic
Industry Perspective: Ignored, Punished, and Underserved: Understanding and Addressing Disparities in Education Experiences and Outcomes for Black Children with Disabilities
A new joint report by Bellwether and Easterseals shares insights from families, qualitative research, quantitative data, and interviews with scholars, advocates, and school leaders. Hear from Erika Watson, National Director of Childhood Development, Education, and Equity at Easterseals, and Harold Hinds, Associate Partner at Bellweather about the report, which seeks to better understand the educational experiences of children of color with disabilities, with a particular focus on Black students.