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Meeting the needs of English learners with disabilities: virtual, hybrid, and returning to in-person instruction

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    Evidence-Based Practices
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    All NCSI: Laura Berry Kuchle, Lauren Artzi, Silvia DeRuvo, Eliana Tardio

When the pandemic forced many schools to transition to virtual or hybrid learning, educators often struggled to meet the language and learning needs of the diverse population of English learners (ELs) with disabilities. Although many schools are in the process of returning to school, distance learning (including virtual and hybrid learning contexts) may continue or be needed again, whether due to the pandemic or other causes such as natural disasters. Further, state education agencies (SEAs), districts, and schools may seek to strengthen supports and foster learning recovery for ELs with disabilities as they return to in-person instruction. Thus, NCSI has compiled guidance and example resources that may be helpful for educators and SEAs supporting districts and schools in serving these students during or after distance learning.

May 2021