Deeper Learning for Students with Disabilities
From the introduction: “In [this paper], we review previous efforts to promote better educational outcomes for students with disabilities. We also describe research-based instructional strategies that can support them and other struggling learners and the kinds of policies and local resources needed to ensure that all young people have meaningful opportunities to learn deeply and become truly prepared to succeed in college, careers, and civic life. We hope that at the conclusion of this paper, readers will understand that when schools make use of readily available teaching strategies and supports, even students who face quite serious challenges (related to severe dyslexia, for example, or autism or severe physical challenges) can develop the full range of knowledge and skills associated with deeper learning. Finally, we hope also that readers will have increased confidence that all students stand to benefit from instructional practices known to be effective for students with disabilities.”
This paper argues that all general education teachers can provide appropriate and effective instruction to students with disabilities as long as instruction includes deliberate, explicit, and systematic support. Overall, the paper is of high-quality based on its research-based information. The paper’s communication is clear, with well-formatted and accessible text. This resource is useful for teachers of students with disabilities, as well as for educators at all levels who help plan teaching and learning for these students. This resource has the potential to create effective and positive learning outcomes for students with disabilities.