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THE UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING (UDL) EDITION

The UDL framework promotes flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for students individual needs.


In Universal Design for Learning (UDL) there are three principles:


  • Principle 1: Multiple Means of Representation
  • Principle 2: Multiple Means for Action and Expression
  • Principle 3: Multiple Means for Engagement
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UDL At A Glance
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TRY THIS INTERACTIVE UDL WHEEL!

Explore the UDL principles, checkpoints, and related resources with this interactive tool. Learn educational options for: self regulation, sustaining effort, recruiting interest, executive functions, expressive skills, fluency and much more!

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Critical Elements of UDL in Instruction

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has four critical elements intended to serve as a foundation for UDL implementation and research. Educators aligning instruction to UDL must minimally include each of the four critical elements.

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DID YOU KNOW...YOU CAN ACCESS A MAGNIFIER, NARRATOR, ON SCREEN KEYBOARD AND SPEECH RECOGNITION FROM ANY DISTRICT COMPUTER?

Follow these steps to access:

  1. Click on the start menu
  2. Click all programs
  3. Scroll down to accessories and click
  4. Scroll down to EASE OF ACCESS and click
  5. From here you can click on Magnifier, Narrator, On Screen Keyboard and Speech Recognition
  6. Follow the steps to download
  7. Recommendation: pin the accessibility feature to your toolbar, left click and select PIN. This will allow you and your students to access these features easily.
  8. Please note: you may need a microphone for the narrator feature if your computer microphone does not pick up voice recognition clearly.
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Interactive UDL Planning Activity

Try this Interactive UDL Activity from Maryland Learning Links. You will learn how to plan for ALL students using the UDL framework. Just click the button above to get started. When you open the link, select a grade band to begin!

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Free technology toolkit for UDL in all classrooms

You will find a wealth of information and resources that support variable learners.

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Try Tumble Book Junior!

An online collection of ebooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books! It’s designed specifically for elementary and middle schools.

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Try WorldBook Online!

An easy-to-read interactive encyclopedia for upper elementary grades with thousands of images and videos, as well as a wealth of engaging games, science projects, and activities.

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Watch the video below on how to use choice boards to differentiate instruction.

https://youtu.be/dGbulODMVgM
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Register for these UDL Webinars provided by OCALI for additional support!

Creating and Maintaining a Culture of High Expectations for All Students

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Shared responsibility & high expectations are emphasized in ESSA and in the November 2015 "Dear Colleague" letter from OSEP, for the purpose of growing student achievement for all students. While this sounds great and looks great on paper, the creation and maintenance of this sort of culture can be challenging. This webinar will provide a look at some ways this can begin, what high expectations actually mean, and how collaboration can more effectively occur through a model of UDL.



UDL + You = Shared Responsibility, High Expectations, Equity and Accessibility!

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

  • UDL is mentioned 5 times in the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015). Add that to the directives in the 2016 National Education Technology Plan and 2015 EdTech Developers Guide, and you get 7 citations of UDL in the documents that influence all expectations of education. 5 + 2 = Something you need to understand. Come with me and learn the basics and how you can begin to use this dynamic, game changing method of teaching!




Expecting Achievement: UDL and Access to the Curriculum for Low-Verbal-to-Non-Verbal Students

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • All kids must have access to the curriculum, so how do we raise the achievement bar for students who struggle to communicate? Examples of access to general education standards and curricula will be explored, using a UDL approach to identify barriers and to front-load solutions. This is for the K-12 population, across categories.




True Grit Teaching

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Grit is perseverance for students to achieve goals. Grit is sticking with the future and working hard to make that future a reality. The best idea about building grit in kids is called growth mindset. Growth mindset is the belief that the ability to learn is not fixed, that it can change with effort. As educators, we must try to cultivate this mindset in our students. In this brief webinar, we will explore the research and share ideas about helping acquire this disposition for academic success!




Accessibility and UDL: Tips and Tricks Every Educator Should Know

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

  • Participants in this session will see several new ways to modify and manipulate the on-screen text across several devices and operating systems. The following topics will be demonstrated: reading options, writing options, searching made easier, making your own texts, no more PowerPoints and more!



Accessibility and UDL: Tips and Tricks Every Educator Should Know

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

  • Participants in this session will see several new ways to modify and manipulate the on-screen text across several devices and operating systems. The following topics will be demonstrated: reading options, writing options, searching made easier, making your own texts, no more PowerPoints and more.


Purposeful Planning = Meaningful Instruction

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Until robots are teaching in our classrooms, educators must spend adequate time planning lessons for an engaging curriculum. As teachers become familiar with the instructional framework of Universal Design for Learning, they need to know how to successfully integrate the principles into meaningful lessons. This process is created during the development of lessons. Participants will see how one lesson has been UDL-ized to include all students during this exciting session!


Expecting Achievement: UDL and Access to the Curriculum for Low-Verbal-to-Non-Verbal Students

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 8:00 am - 9:00 am

  • All kids must have access to the curriculum, so how do we raise the achievement bar for students who struggle to communicate? Examples of access to general education standards and curricula will be explored, using a UDL approach to identify barriers and to front-load solutions. This is for the K-12 population, across categories.


Co-Teaching + UDL = Success!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Co-teaching is like a marriage! Each needs to know their strengths and weaknesses. In this webinar, patrons will exam the benefits of co-teaching and co-planning. Just as when you’re working on your own, planning is an essential part of teaching. Planning is a little more complicated, though, when you’re doing it collaboratively. How will you divide up the work? Who will take the lead when? Patrons will receive a few general tips for collaborative planning.


Applying UDL to Scaffold Texts for Struggling Readers K-12

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

  • How can we provide struggling readers with access to complex texts? What does a scaffolded text look like? These and other questions will be answered in this webinar as participants see what UDL looks like in a scaffolded text and learn how to use the UDL guidelines to scaffold texts for their own students.


Knock Knock: Who is there? It's ME!

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

  • As educators, we want to bring out the best in our students. This isn’t something that we should do FOR them; but by providing our students with a UDL environment, they will be able to facilitate their best “ME’’ independently. In doing so, we must offer students multiple means of expression. In this webinar, participants will observe 5 ways that students who might struggle with various aspects of academics can show what they know through the creation of accessible digital products.


Universal Design for Learning and Data Collection

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Data collection doesn’t have to be hard. However, it is necessary. If we don’t know how it is working, then we don’t know how to make it better. Join a state and regional provider to discuss how one district took on data collection to show the progress with UDL lesson planning.


Expecting Achievement: UDL and Access to the Curriculum for Low-Verbal-to-Non-Verbal Students

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • All kids must have access to the curriculum, so how do we raise the achievement bar for students who struggle to communicate? Examples of access to general education standards and curricula will be explored, using a UDL approach to identify barriers and to front-load solutions. This is for the K-12 population, across categories.


Promoting Engagement through Student-Led Discussions K-12

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

  • While classroom discussions are essential for deep learning, to be truly effective, they need to move beyond a scenario where the teacher asks the questions and the students provide the answers. In this strategy-packed webinar, participants will learn how to plan and facilitate student-led discussions that engage students in self-assessment, reflection, and goal setting, while fostering collaboration and community.


The Road to Success: Using Culturally Responsive Practices with UDL

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Join us for 60 minutes of learning in just 30 minutes for this interactive webinar on Culturally Responsive Universal Design for Learning (CRUDL), the road to success for all students. This webinar provides another key for your keychain that unlocks success.

REMEMBER: CLEARING A PATH FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CLEARS THE PATH FOR EVERYONE!