Research and Initiatives

Towards Early, Differential Intervention

With generous funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the Center is undertaking a study with partner schools across Los Angeles to demonstrate that the earlier we can provide literacy assessment and the more we can target intervention to students’ specific needs, the more likely we are to help children reach their potential. Specifically, we are screening students in kindergarten and first grade and providing interventions to students who may be at risk of dyslexia. As part of this project, we are collaborating with teachers, parents, and school administrators.

For more information about the work, please contact Laura Rhinehart.

California Collaborative for Neurodiversity and Learning

Bringing together California’s leading experts in a variety of fields to explore how emerging brain research can transform and improve educational outcomes for all types of learners.

About 20 percent of kids in every classroom across America have some type of learning difference that isn’t being supported. New brain research tells us that the diversity of learning types represents natural brain wiring variations and that each person’s brain is wired uniquely. All kinds of brains are needed in California’s innovation economy. Therefore, we have an inherent need to work together toward improving the way we support neurodiversity in the K-12 classroom.

The goal of the California Collaborative for Neurodiversity and Learning is to support the coming together of education experts from across California – UCLA, the UCSF Dyslexia Center, the CSU system, Chapman University, and others – to collaboratively pool our areas of expertise and intellectual resources as we work together to meaningfully address the needs of neurodiverse learners in our K-12 classrooms.


The California Collaborative for Neurodiversity and Learning is a state-wide collaboration of educational institutions and agencies.