Why we need a new generation of special education teachers
For Black and Brown students with disabilities, online instruction has often been a failure. It is also suboptimal for students with disabilities across racial groups, especially as teachers without training have had to shift instruction.
Many Black and Brown families include essential workers or individuals who are more vulnerable to Covid-19. Fewer Black and Brown communities are able to access services for students with disabilities and high-quality instruction for their children in public schools.
Monica Gonzalez, a special education teacher at Bret Harte Middle School in Hayward, California, said the online platform Google Classroom tends to exacerbate some of the issues faced in classroom instruction.