A framework that embraces variability, removes barriers, and supports ALL students as expert learners through specific strategies that are based on what we know about how we learn.
UDL is standards-based, goal-driven, and requires a paradigm shift in how we as educators approach the design of learning experiences.
We believe that all students need a challenging learning environment that allows them to grow their basic skills and creatively apply their skills and knowledge to challenges that involve critical thinking and collaboration.
We believe that we need to consistently strengthen our support for all students, especially struggling students.
General achievement data across the district, including SBAC, NWEA, and D/F rates, indicate the need for more intentional support in our classrooms.
We believe our teachers are facing different challenges in meeting all the needs of their students and having additional tools in their tool belt will support their needs as well.
What is UDL?
Universal Design for Learning is a framework that embraces variability, removes barriers, and supports all students as expert learners through specific strategies that are based on what we know about how we learn.
UDL is standards-based.
UDL is a proactive mindset that supports all learners.
UDL takes place in all stages of instruction (planning, implementation, and assessment).
UDL includes years of research on learning in a way that maximizes instructional strategies to support all learners.
UDL complements and is specifically called out in California Common Core Standards, NGSS, and the new Social Studies Framework.
UDL is not brand new; it builds on many of our current practices and gives us common language for conversations.
Universal Design for Learning Core Concepts
Embrace Learner Variability
Learner variability is that all individuals are unique in how they learn. Each student brings a different learning style to the classroom or workplace environment.
Variability is the rule, not the exception
Clear Goals with Flexible Means
Flexible means is when teachers provide options on how to access resources and demonstrate learning to reduce barriers. This allows students to select a path to meet the specified learning goals that best fit their unique learning needs.
Article: Ten Ways to Leverage Student Choice in Your Classroom
Remove Barriers to Learning
Barriers to learning need to first be considered as environmental - NOT in the student. Proactively identifying barriers and providing supports allows universal access to instruction.
Types of classroom barriers include space, methods, materials, and assessment.
Universal Design for Learning Guidelines
Video: How to read the UDL Guidelines?