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Our Process

Seeing the exponential growth of personalized learning across the nation, NCLD set out to bring the voice of students with disabilities and their families into the discussion and determine how personalized learning systems can meet their needs. NCLD initiated a process to help educators, families, and policymakers understand these systems and to identify strategies for educators and leaders at all levels to better meet the needs of and appropriately include students with disabilities in personalized learning.

Over the course of a year, NCLD gathered top special education and personalized learning experts from across the country –  including educators, advocates, researchers, state and district leaders, school leaders, and parents of children with disabilities – and engaged them in discussions to learn and explore ways to ensure that personalized learning systems integrate and benefit students with disabilities. NCLD also conducted one-on-one expert interviews and participated in site visits to schools using personalized learning.

NCLD surveyed over 1,800 parents of students with disabilities and found that the majority of parents were not familiar with personalized learning, but nearly all of them wanted to learn more!

Finally, NCLD brought together nearly 50 experts, advocates, and advisors in Washington, D.C. to consider the recommendations, challenge assumptions, and explore best practices for meeting the needs of students with disabilities through personalized learning. From this research, collaboration, and discussion, NCLD produced a comprehensive set of policy and practice recommendations addressing families, educators, school leaders, district and state leaders, and policymakers, all of whom have a role in ensuring that students with disabilities succeed in school.