Reaching all learners

October 2023

Both special education and general education teachers need support to help students with disabilities succeed. This issue highlights how professional learning can help ensure that all students’ needs are met.

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When it comes to understanding students, we are always learners

Teachers need opportunities to increase their knowledge about and practices for helping students with disabilities succeed.

How all teachers can support students with disabilities 

General education teachers are underprepared to support students with disabilities, but a research project found ways professional learning can address that gap.

Steps to equity for students with disabilities 

Learning Forward’s equity standards point the way to meeting the needs of diverse special educators and their students.

What special education teachers want to know 

A Canadian study highlights the professional learning needs of special education teachers.

Novice special education teachers benefit from mentoring 

A Colorado district helps meet the unique needs of alternatively licensed special education teachers.

Q & A: Unraveling the myths of dyslexia 

Reading expert Maryanne Wolf wants teachers to know more about dyslexia and how to teach students with reading disabilities.

Is your school welcoming to neurodiverse students?

Preparing educators for the full spectrum of learners is an important step to achieving equity.

Teachers’ learning about disabilities is an equity issue

Infographic shows why educators’ professional learning is important for supporting more than 7 million students with disabilities.


Make the most of conference learning

Apply what you learn with actionable steps you can take before, during, and after the conference.

Through the lens 

How this issue’s articles can help you understand and apply Standards for Professional Learning.


Lesson study can build teachers’ confidence in their practice 

A mainstay of professional learning and curriculum design in Japan holds promise for teachers everywhere to build a culture of continuous improvement.

Professional learning helps principal address achievement gap

Maryland’s Elementary School Principal of the Year credits his work with the Learning Forward Academy for shaping his practice.

Regional agencies are a hub for teacher learning 

Educational service agencies connect educators across districts with standards-aligned professional learning.


Study examines teachers’ self-efficacy and beliefs in inclusion 

An Australian study suggests professional learning must address the value of inclusion and build teachers’ confidence in implementing it.

Data points 

The latest research on teacher mobility, diversifying the teaching workforce, and state laws on literacy instruction.


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