Learning & attention issues get AI support


What we did

One in five children in the U.S. has a learning and attention issue.

Students with dyslexia, ADHD, or other learning disabilities often receive inconsistent support in the classroom, which can lead to a lifetime of difficulties. Students with learning and attention issues are only half as likely as their peers to enroll in a four-year college. They are three times as likely as their peers to drop out of high school, 50 percent more likely to be involved in the criminal justice system, and twice as likely as their peers to be unemployed.

However, when given the proper support, students with learning and attention issues can be just as successful as their peers.

Understood for All and the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), with support from IBM, worked with educators across the country to create math content designed to give teachers easy-to-use strategies that work for all students — but are especially effective for students with learning and attention issues.

Most U.S. children with learning and attention issues spend at least 80 percent of their time in general-education classes. Inclusive classrooms have benefits, but these students often go without the individualized support they need to thrive. Tools such as Teacher Advisor can be a huge boon for teachers, who must meet the needs of all learners in their classrooms.

Teacher Advisor is a free online resource that uses AI to quickly get educators the resources they need, saving them precious time in planning their lessons. More than 15,000 elementary and middle school teachers have embraced the platform since it launched in September 2017.