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What Teachers Should Know about ADHD: Supporting Diverse Students & Families (Part 1)
May 21, 2021


The Great Lakes MHTTC offers this event for school mental health personnel and behavioral health professionals in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. It is estimated that 6.4 million children in the United States ages 4-19 have been diagnosed with ADHD. Without early identification, treatment and support, children with ADHD can have significant impairments in school, home, and other aspects of life including interpersonal and social skills. For children from racial and ethnic minority groups with ADHD, barriers to ADHD diagnosis and treatment can place them at greater risk of poor health and educational outcomes than their white peers. Teachers play a critical role in understanding these disparities and the impact of ADHD on learning and academic performance of all children.


Note: You may access What Teachers Should Know about ADHD: Supporting Diverse Students & Families (Part 2) here.


Learning Objectives:

1. Describe ADHD symptoms, causes, and how ADHD affects children in the classroom.

2. Explain racial and ethnic disparities in the identification, diagnosis, and treatment of ADHD in children.

3. Outline best-practice classroom strategies to support the success of all students.

4. Highlight the importance of school-home collaboration to foster ongoing communication and support for children and their families.



Tandra RutledgeTandra Rutledge is the Director of Business Development at Riveredge Hospital, a free-standing psychiatric facility in Illinois. Tandra is a mental health advocate and suicide prevention educator. She promotes wellness and resilience through a social justice and racial equity lens.

Tandra serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and is a member of the Illinois Suicide Prevention Alliance. She is an AMSR trainer (Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk), a certified suicide prevention educator for the QPR Institute, an adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor, and a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) instructor with the Chicago Police Department.