Key Strategies

Students with disabilities bring unique strengths and needs to 21st century classrooms. Educators and schools would be wise to be explicit in implementing strategies that address their unique needs while also benefiting their peers. Through this project, NCLD and partners identified five key strategies to promote this vision of inclusive 21st century learning.

Empower students with opportunities to facilitate and lead key meetings and decisions related to their learning and goals. 

Read what actions students, educators, school leaders, district leaders, and policy makers can take to create an environment that supports expanded student voice and choice here.

Provide explicit instruction and intentional learning opportunities inside and outside the school so students have opportunities to develop key knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential to 21st century success through intentional curriculum selection and lesson design.

Read what actions students, educators, school leaders, district leaders, and policy makers can take to create an environment that supports powerful, engaging instruction here.

De-stigmatize supports and ensure that they address a full range of knowledge, skills, and dispositions by integrating the development of these skills into RTI and MTSS systems.

Read what actions students, educators, school leaders, district leaders, and policy makers can take to create an environment that facilitates comprehensive interventions and supports here.

Use explicit measures of essential 21st century skills and dispositions so schools and districts can ensure that students understand the measures—and that the measures reflect a holistic assessment of their success.  

Read what actions students, educators, school leaders, district leaders, and policy makers can take to create an environment that supports holistic measurements of student success here.

Facilitate a growth mindset culture in schools in order to provide students an opportunity to see learning as a process rather than an end.

Read what actions students, educators, school leaders, district leaders, and policy makers can take to create an environment that supports an empowering culture here.

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