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NCLD's Third Annual “Celebrating Our Schools” Luncheon

pinkneyOn Monday, November 5, 2012, the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) brought together New York City’s key supporters and thought leaders in education and learning disabilities to a “Celebrate Our Schools” luncheon. The exclusive event took place at the Yale Club in New York City and was emceed by Andrea Davis Pinkney, publishing executive and New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of many books for children and young adults.

NCLD was pleased to once again acknowledge the work of two outstanding New York City schools addressing the educational and social/emotional needs of children with learning disabilities (LD) and producing extraordinary student achievement school-wide. The High School for Excellence and Innovation and The Churchill School and Center were awarded the Pete & Carrie Rozelle Award, named in honor of NCLD’s founders. The Award includes a cash prize that will support expanded programmatic and staff development opportunities that focus on incorporating effective research-based practices into classroom and school-wide practice.

bartlettThe program also featured remarks from Dr. Marilyn Bartlett, of the landmark Bartlett v. NY Board of Law Examiners case of 1998. Now a successful lawyer and professor, Dr. Bartlett’s dyslexia made it difficult for her to pass the New York State Bar Examination without reasonable accommodations, which were initially denied her. Dr. Bartlett discussed the challenges of growing up with dyslexia and the significance of winning this critical case to gain access to the rights afforded her under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The proceeds from this fundraising event will go to support NCLD’s work with schools, educators, and parents across the country, as we work to:

  • Raise expectations in schools by delivering evidence-based tools, resources, and professional development to educators to improve student outcomes and ensure that struggling learners get the support they need.
  • Ensure the educational rights of children with LD by developing policies and engaging advocates on Capitol Hill to strengthen educational rights and opportunities and ensure that children with learning disabilities are included in important education bills, like the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  • Empower parents to be effective advocates for their children by connecting parents with the information, resources, and research, they need to support their children’s success in school, work, and life.