5 Ways the New Congress and Administration Can Support the 1 in 5 with Learning and Attention Issues

It’s a new year and a new beginning in Washington, D.C.

January 3 marked the start of the 115th Congressional session, which will run until January 2019.  And on January 20, the Trump Administration takes office, setting new policy directions for the next four years.

At NCLD our goal is to make clear to every policymaker how they can support the 1 in 5 with learning and attention issues.

That’s why we’ve shared these 5 ways to improve outcomes for the 1 in 5 with every member of Congress and with officials at the Department of Education:

  1. Expand early screening by investing in the new literacy center and other programs within the Every Student Succeeds Act that will give parents and educators the tools to recognize the early signs of learning and attention issues and effective strategies to address them early.
  2. Empower students and families by helping students learn self-advocacy skills, making sure that schools take quick action to support struggling students, and helping to ease the transition to college.
  3. Cultivate creative, informed educators by supporting opportunities for all current and future teachers to build their expertise about learning and attention issues.
  4. Drive innovation for effective teaching and learning by investing in the science of learning to expand our knowledge of how the brain and its development can impact effective teaching strategies, including exploring personalized learning environments that enable all students to thrive.
  5. Strengthen and enforce civil rights laws through investment in public schools by supporting strong Federal oversight to ensure students with disabilities are not discriminated against, have access to high quality education and, and by rejecting private school voucher proposals that would divert resources away from public schools.

In the coming days and months, we will have many opportunities for advancement in these 5 areas and we will be working with policymakers from both political parties on these issues.  As we look ahead to what’s to come, we hope you will join us in raising awareness about the needs of the 1 in 5.

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