Why Now? Why Us?
The Case for an Inclusive Vision of 21st Century Learning
Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, President, California State Board of Education
Deborah Delisle, President and CEO, Alliance for Excellent Education
Kimberly Eckert, Brusly High School English Teacher, 2018 Louisiana Teacher of the Year
Lindsay Jones, President and CEO, NCLD
Savannah Trevino-Casias, Student, Arizona State University
Ace Parsi, Director of Innovation, NCLD
On October 31, 2019, The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) and the Alliance for Excellent Education held a webinar, inviting educators, policy makers, parents, students and all who are involved with students with disabilities, to consider Why now? Why us? The answer is simple: The world is changing rapidly, and there is no time to waste. We want to make sure that students with disabilities are being prepared for the realities of today and the challenges, opportunities, and possibilities of tomorrow. The impact of the changes we see aren’t discriminating between students with and without disabilities–they impact everybody equally. It’s time that our practices and policies did the same, providing all students access to key 21st century skills and dispositions like critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, self-advocacy, growth mindsets, and self-determination.
Panelists described the urgency behind including students with disabilities in the vision of 21st century learning and what each of us—policy makers, practitioners, families, communities, and students—can do to make this a reality.
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This webinar is brought to you by NCLD and the Alliance for Excellent Education with support generously provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
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