Learning Differences Guide

The Education Redesign Lab created the By All Means consortium to rethink education and child development systems in order to overcome widespread inequity in children’s outcomes, opportunities, and supports. This initiative revealed a need for specific guidance for cities on how to best incorporate the needs of students with learning and attention challenges in the design of system-wide reform and inspired the creation of this guide.

According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), one in five children have learning and attention issues with only a small portion of these children receiving formal diagnoses. Therefore, it is imperative to consider the unique needs of these individuals if we are to truly meet the needs of all students. The following serves as a guide for stakeholders involved in designing and implementing programs and services for children. The guide highlights four key areas of focus: constructing children’s cabinets or working groups, expanding learning opportunities, integrating social and emotional health services, and personalizing learning.

Please contact Lynne Sacks ( with any comments or questions about this document.