Supporting Diverse Learners During COVID-19
In this time of uncertainty, it is more important than ever to ensure that all of our nation’s children are cared for and provided opportunities to learn and grow. This will call on school administrators and teachers to flex their creativity muscles, track down new solutions, and plan for regular reflection and revision. But isn’t this where educators (especially special and EL educators) shine? We must engage our families as true partners; they are truly our biggest ally. Together, we will ensure that students feel safe, connected, and engaged throughout this time.
The DLC’s vision of high quality, inclusive educational opportunities for all learners is only amplified in this season. We remain committed to our mission of connecting teachers to relevant professional growth opportunities, resources, and networks to propel best practice for diverse learners. We aim to provide support that both maximizes your school’s strategy, while simplifying the process to get there.
Access special education and English learner focused tools, templates, and other practical resources through the DLC Resource Hub to plan and deliver high quality supports.
Engage in regular collaborative calls with your peers that support new ideas, drive practice improvement, and fight those feelings of isolation.
Participate in virtual professional development to hone your craft while earning continuing education credit.
Work With the DLC
The DLC works with school teams to develop and improve remote learning and re-entry systems that support all learners. For more information about school partnerships, please contact us directly.
We will continue to update this website daily. If you have a need for a particular resource that supports students with disabilities or those learning English, please submit a request here. If you have found a great resource, please share here. Finally, please feel welcome to share this website with others who may benefit (teachers, leaders, and parents).
Guiding Protocol for Supporting Diverse Learners During School Closure
- Connect with families. Build the relationship. Understand what families want and need during this time of crisis, particularly as it relates to their wellbeing and their support of their child(ren). Communicate empathy and respect. Record important information to ensure your next plans incorporate this knowledge.
- Plan an aligned approach. Consider family and student needs. Get creative with service options, accommodations, and communication protocols that aim to help students feel safe and engaged during this time, as well as grow toward individual goals.
- Convene the team. Gather stakeholders, including the family and perhaps the student when appropriate. Share your ideas, collaborate on solutions, draft a plan, and obtain consent to move forward.
- Deliver high quality services. Use a variety of methods, materials, and team members to deliver high quality, consistent services. Get creative with delivery through online and analog methods. Be consistent. Communicate often. Collaborate with other team members, especially general education teachers.
- Equip families and caregivers. Realize that students with disabilities and English learners may face some unique challenges while remaining home and engaging in schoolwork. Provide accessible resources and regular communication with families and caregivers to support at home learning.
- Reflect and revise. Build in checkpoints to collect information and reflect on student growth. Communicate with the student’s support team and family. Revise programming to incorporate reflections and increase student wellbeing and academic progress. Advocate for needed resources, services, and school-wide systems often. As we move toward re-entry, consider what is needed for a successful student transition.