Reflections on Reimagining Inclusive Education Together
As we enter our sixth week of quarantine here in Nashville, we can’t help but reflect on all that we’ve seen teachers doing for their students during this time. From distributing meals and school supplies, to connecting with families over social media, to creating engaging lessons to keep learning at home, we’ve seen teachers going above and beyond. Many are doing this on top of meeting the needs of their own families.
The Diverse Learners Cooperative has always worked to support teachers and school leaders, but we find ourselves engaging in new and deeper ways with our community. The resources and networks we’ve created are answering one of the biggest questions in education right now – “How do we meet the needs of ALL students during and after school closure?”
Our Diverse Learners COVID-19 Resource Hub is averaging 100 views a day, and our website traffic is up five times what it was before this pandemic. During just last week alone, we engaged with over 75 teachers through our Coffee Chat webinar and our collaborative Communities of Practice calls for teachers seeking answers for their students with disabilities and English learners. We will continue to post new resources and gather educators to share and develop ideas weekly.
We’re in conversations with school leaders about how to best plan for the future. All students, but most especially diverse learners, will need additional academic, social, and emotional support in whatever form school comes in. We are building in phases and thinking in scenarios, learning what we need now to make wise decisions next. This is uncharted territory. Despite the challenges we’re all facing right now, we remain hopeful. We can’t help but be inspired by the ingenuity and dedication of the educators we work with. Looking ahead, we’re reimagining the opportunities for an inclusive, high quality education we can create together, firmly believing that plans that prioritize diverse learners are plans that will benefit all learners.
We look forward to sharing with you new avenues we’re paving for support of diverse learners and their teachers in the coming weeks. Stay tuned. In the meantime, if there is any way we can support you during this time, or you simply want to connect or collaborate, feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you.
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