September 28th, 2021

NCLD And Understood Partner On New Resources For Educators

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 28, 2021 – The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) and Understood, a non-profit, social impact organization and lifelong guide for people with learning and thinking differences, have partnered to develop educator resources that provide guidance on how to improve educational outcomes for students with learning disabilities and attention issues. The resources are in response to the findings of surveys commissioned by NCLD and Understood by the CERES Institute for Children & Youth at Boston University on general educators’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The survey, Supporting Students with Learning and Attention Issues During COVID-19, provides insights directly from educators on the struggles and successes of the 2020-21 school year. While 87% reported that they love teaching, the results showed that our nation’s educators are facing severe burnout and seeking resources to help their students. A majority of respondents shared the following areas where they need the most support:

  • Strategies to catch students up to grade level (60%)
  • Social and emotional support for teachers (57%)
  • Strategies to keep students engaged and motivated (56%)
  • Strategies to support the unique learning needs of students with learning and attention issues (54%)

“We are asking educators to do more than ever. The data has shown us that the workload on teachers contributes to and exacerbates teacher burnout,” said Lindsay E. Jones, President and CEO of NCLD. “It is imperative that policymakers provide increased funding for educator supports, create robust systems of technical assistance and professional development, and enhance data collection to support educators in serving all students, especially those with disabilities.”

NCLD and Understood incorporated these survey findings into their recently released guides, Forward Together: Pandemic Lessons for Effective Teaching Practices. This includes four new resources to help educators and policymakers use evidence-based strategies to meet the growing needs of students with learning and attention issues:

  • Collaboration: Strategies to partner with colleagues, families, and caregivers to promote student success.
  • Flexible Grouping: A highly effective strategy for creating an inclusive classroom culture that honors learner variability.
  • Positive Behavior Supports: Evidence-based approaches for promoting behavior that is conducive to learning.
  • Policy Recommendations: NCLD released new policy recommendations for school, district, and state leaders to address educator burnout, student disengagement, and unfinished learning.

“With the learning challenges that the pandemic has exacerbated, we must provide resources for teachers, parents and caregivers, and students alike to help them navigate,” said Fred Poses, CEO of Understood. “Having specific, evidence-based strategies to aid teachers in their support of children with learning and thinking differences and that can benefit others has never been more important.”

To download the report and guidebook, visit NCLD here. Visit for additional research and resources including Take N.O.T.E., a web-based interactive experience for parents who may need a guide to identify signs of learning and thinking differences. 

The National Center for Learning Disabilities’ mission is to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities.

For more information, please contact:
Lindsay Kubatzky, Director of Policy and Advocacy;

1 in 5 Americans have learning and thinking differences, such as ADHD and dyslexia. They are often misunderstood, undiagnosed, and dismissed, and these differences are viewed as a weakness. This leaves many on a journey that is stacked against them and costs society more than $500 billion. Understood is the only lifelong guide for those who learn and think differently. Today, we help more than 20 million people each year discover their potential, learn how to take control, find community, and stay on a positive path along each stage of life’s journey. When others join this journey, and people are broadly embraced, everyone thrives. Understood is a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation based in New York. For more information, or to become a partner, visit and follow us on Twitter @UnderstoodOrg. 

For more information, please contact:
Kendall Brodie, Communications Manager;

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