ECAC is one of nine N.C. organizations selected to address the intersection between race, educational equity, and learning differences.
ECAC was one of nine North Carolina organizations selected to learn more and advance their work at the intersection of race, educational equity, and learning differences through participation in “Learning for Equity: A Network for Solutions,” a learning and action network being created by MDC and Oak Foundation.
Oak Foundation has committed over $1.4 million to the 18-month initiative, known as LENS NC. Participating organizations are receiving grants to advance their work to reduce race and income disparities in educational outcomes among students with learning differences, and to create learning environments where marginalized students with learning differences will thrive.
The network began by sharing new and promising ways to ensure that children with learning differences receive the supports they need, and now are meeting virtually to address the unique challenges posed during the Covid-19 crisis. They also will continue to address common challenges and explore opportunities to amplify effective strategies for change at the organization, classroom, school, community, district, and state levels.
LENS NC seeks to improve the lives of the one in five children who struggle with learning and attention issues, and the less than favorable outcomes for the ones who are low-income students and students of color, who face even greater challenges in our educational systems.
“This work at the intersection of race, educational equity, and learning differences is occurring at a pivotal time in history, when there are numerous discussions about justice and equity in our communities,” said MDC Program Director Stephanie Walker, who is heading LENS NC “In the few months that LENS NC has been underway, several organizations in the network have forged new alliances to provide assistance to students
For more information please contact:
Laura Weber, Executive Director