Teachers and administrators now face even more pressure to improve student learning. However, the conditions under which we work make this expectation exceedingly challenging.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) offers a solution through the design of instruction that anticipates the full range of diversity found in classrooms and provides supports before they are needed. The instructional framework is a set of principles for curriculum development that gives all individuals equal opportunities to learn.
Use the instructional strategies rubrics to explore how much staff members understand which strategies promote academic success.
Organizations that Support UDL
CAST A nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning.
National Center on UDL The Center supports the effective implementation of UDL by connecting stakeholders in the field and providing resources and information.
UDL-IRN The Network (UDL-IRN) is a grassroots organization that supports the scaled implementation and research related to Universal Design for Learning.
Technology Tools for Education
The resources below are technology tools that support Multiple Means of Representation, Action & Expression and Engagement.
Construct Academics for Liberated Learning
Universal Design for Learning helps ensure instructional practices, materials, and educational environments meet the needs of the wide spectrum of students. The following elements (needs) should be afforded to teachers and students that are immersed in an environment that integrates the principles of UDL.
MITS UDL Critical Elements
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) represents a paradigm shift in education that has the potential to improve outcomes for a broad range of students. MITS, with collaborative partners, has identified four critical elements intended to serve as a foundation for implementation and further research. Instruction aligned with the framework of UDL must minimally include each of the four critical elements shown below.
Making the Connections: MLSS and UDL
The resource below below is a one-page document that shows how the UDL guidelines directly connect with the essential elements of a Multi-Level System of Support.