“Inclusive and Personalized School Environments Where Black and Latinx Students with Learning Differences Thrive”

  • Led by ELP’s Director of Research & Innovation, Ruth Chung Wei
  • Room Bolden 4 at 2:45pm – 3:45pm PT
Students with disabilities and multilingual learners are often subjected to exclusion from robust learning experiences and social disconnection. Participants will dive into the Effective Learning Environments for Learning Differences framework, which summarizes systems and supports implemented by four secondary schools that have a track record of success in supporting the thriving of Black and Latinx students with learning differences. The framework highlights inclusive, personalized, and competency-based practices that promote student belonging, engagement, and growth. Drawing on the framework school leaders and students from two schools will share practices, systems, and supports that support thriving among students with learning differences. Participants will use the framework to reflect on their own school learning environments for students with learning differences, challenges, and implications for their own work in schools serving students with learning differences.   
 
The Effective Learning Environments for Learning Differences framework was developed with a central focus on learning and well-being outcomes for Black and LatinX students with learning differences (students with disabilities and multilingual learners), who represent some of the most marginalized and underserved groups in U.S. public schools. We seek to equip school leaders with greater understanding of the conditions under which these students can be successful and thrive.
 
The Panel will include two school leaders, two students/graduates of inclusive, competency-based schools, and three researchers responsible for documenting the characteristics of the schools’ inclusive learning environments in case studies completed in June 2024.
 

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