Wednesday, April 15, 2020
CAST is pleased to join dozens of special-education advocacy and innovation organizations to form the Educating All Learners Alliance, a resource hub and online community to support students with disabilities and their teachers and caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to curating resources such as case studies and best practices, the Educating All Learners website will host virtual office hours and webinars with partner organizations.
“Now more than ever, educators need help to deliver instruction and build strong relationships with their students,” says Lindsay Jones, President and CEO of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, one of the founding partners. “We stand ready to provide that help.”
“We are all learning how to teach and support students in the post-COVID world on the fly and at a brutal pace,” says Gabrielle Schlichtmann, executive director of EdTogether, another partner. “My hope is that through this partnership we will be inspired and better able to learn from and with each other so we can meet the needs of all students.”
While the U.S. Department of Education has affirmed that schools are still required to provide students with disabilities a free, appropriate education during the COVID-19 pandemic, shifting special education and related services online is an unprecedented challenge.