Critical Components of UDL
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for curriculum development that promotes equity and equal access to learning for the widest possible range of students throughout their entire 13-year school experience. Schools implementing UDL do this by increasing access to learning for all students and providing more ways for students to participate and demonstrate their learning. The goal of UDL is to reduce barriers to learning and increase the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for learning that children need to be successful after graduation without reducing academic rigor.
UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials and assessments that gives all students the opportunity to learn and meet high academic standards. UDL coordinates with a variety of initiatives, including integrated units; multi-sensory teaching; multiple intelligences; differentiation of goals, methods, materials, assessment, and instruction in curriculum/lesson planning; technology integration; one-to-one device projects; and performance-based assessments.
Efficiency is also a benefit of UDL. Incorporating the critical components of UDL, which are supported in the Minnesota English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core Standards, will ultimately save schools and districts time and money. Universally designed units and lessons create multiple opportunities for ALL students to meaningfully engage with the standards and reduces the need for differentiation on a student-by-student basis. This will save educators time and be maximally efficient in the long-term.
In Exploration, administrators are assessing the extent to which current standards are universally designed and how they are intentionally written to allow students to experience multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement. Exploration of the ideas and implications of UDL is critical in obtaining buy-in to incorporate UDL and integrate it into alignment processes, and into the development of learning targets, formative assessments, units and lessons.
Achieving Student Success: Universal Design for Learning and Organizational Strategies
is a DVD produced by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). This resource provides examples of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the classroom as well as expert interviews on the topic. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDvKnY0g6e4&feature=youtu.be) is a four-minute video for instructional leaders created by CAST, a nonprofit research and development organization. It briefly introduces the critical features of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and explains how UDL supports all students in accessing the general curriculum. This video helps teams understand UDL in relationship to implementing the English Language Arts Common Core Standards and planning curricular alignment.The Learner Variability and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
(http://udlseries.udlcenter.org/presentations/learner_variability.html?plist=explore) is a 15-minute video produced by the National Center for Universal Design for Learning (UDL) that provides background information on UDL, explains the neuroscience basis of UDL, and introduces key features of the UDL framework. The video demonstrates how UDL addresses systematic learner variability and presents examples of how two educators applied the principles of UDL to meet varied learner needs.From Bach to Lady Gaga: Music Lessons for Special Education
(http://udlseries.udlcenter.org/presentations/bach_to_gaga.html?plist=lead) gives leaders a deeper understanding of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework so they can make effective educational decisions. This one-hour video from the National Center on Universal Design for Learning also discusses ways leaders can motivate and engage school personnel in implementing the UDL framework.UDL Systemic Change Planner
(http://www.udlcenter.org/implementation/planningtemplates/districtresources) is a set of three resources that administrators and leadership teams can use to learn about key components needed to implement Universal Design for Learning (UDL) throughout a system. Eight key factors provide a framework for planning and monitoring progress: technology infrastructure; obtaining and managing digital content resources; administrative support; teacher training and support; redefined roles for special and regular education teachers; a new curriculum planning model; parent and community involvement; and creative funding.UDL Principles and Practice
(http://www.udlcenter.org/resource_library/videos/udlcenter/guidelines#video5) is a suite of six videos produced by the National Center of Universal Design for Learning that provides classroom examples of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in action in Grades 1 through 6.