Examining the Evidence: Supporting Students With Disabilities


The nearly seven million students with disabilities in the United States are among those most at risk of regressing significantly during COVID-related distance learning. Under federal law, schools are required to provide services to meet students’ specific needs, but services have proven difficult to transfer to distance learning or hybrid learning environments. In far too many cases, they are not being provided at all.

Given these challenges, what can the research evidence tell us about how schools can intervene to reduce the widening learning gaps between students with disabilities and their peers?

Join Nathan Jones, Associate Professor of Special Education at Boston University, Dr. Alecia Mobley, Director of Special Education, Richfield (MN) Public Schools, and Lane McKittrick, special education research analyst at the Center for Reinventing Public Education and parent of four boys, including three with disabilities, for a lively discussion moderated by EdWeek’s Corey Mitchell. The panel will draw on the evidence in the new EdResearch for Recovery brief, “Academic Supports for Students with Disabilities.”


Nathan Jones, associate professor of Special Education, Boston University

Lane McKittrick, research analyst, Center for Reinventing Public Education, University of Washington and parent/advocate for students with disabilities

Alecia Mobley,  director of special education, Richfield (MN) Public Schools


Corey Mitchell, staff writer, Education Week