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Universal Design for Learning:School Implementation









General Curriculum

What is UDL?

The entire campus and each space within must have adequate space to allow flexibility and access.*classrooms need to be large enough to incorporate whole group instruction, small groups, individual exploration, technology, and movement*classrooms should be set up according to student needs not space limitations*outdoor access for more varied learning experiences

The entire campus must be designed to accomodate wheelchairs, assistive technology, etc.*sidewalks, classrooms, hallways, etc. need adequate space for movement*shared spaces such as the library, cafeteria, restrooms, playground, water fountains should allow equal access for all students and not be limiting to certain students*doorways should have an automatic push button option

Overall school atmosphere should have a pleasant aesthetic appeal.*there should be outdoor views from each classroom and area*air/heat, lighting, colors and decoration should make students feel comfortable and at ease rather than distracted

Systems for car drop off and pick up and bus use need to be well organized to allow all students to access these systems.

The campus should be organized so that grade level classrooms are clustered together around central shared learning spaces.

All employees (teachers, assistants, substitutes, cafeteria workers, maintenance, custodians, bus drivers, office staff, nurse, etc. must be trained in UDL principles!

All classrooms will have two co-teachers in order to provide more flexibility in instruction. Both teachers will be well-trained in co-teaching.

The entire staff will work as a team, so they will be trained adequately to work as a team. Teachers will have built-in time to coordinate with other teachers and support.

*Classrooms must be equipped with adequate, various, effective technology for each teacher and student *Teachers must be extensively trained in the technology in their classrooms. They also need to train their students in proper technology use. *The school must have necessary support in place to maintain all technology and provide ongoing updates, training, improvements, etc.

Tips for Technology Success

For a school to allow all students equal access to the facilities, consideration in design is critical! These are some ways to ensure UDL principles are incorporated into school structure.

*Principal and Assistant Principal*Office Secretaries*Counselor*Nurse*Librarian*ESL Specialist*UDL Specialist*Curriculum Coordinator*Technology Coordinator and Staff*Special Education Director*Classroom Teachers*Teaching Assistants*Specials Teachers

EXAMPLES:*Devices such as iPods can be used to record oral directions, assignments, and tests for students to play back, pause, repeat, etc.*Portable devices such as tablets have many functions that can be used to enhance research, reinforce a topic or skill, creating projects.

Technology will be used in the classrooms in multiple ways. First, technology will be used to present lesson content in different ways to help reach different brain networks of different students. Second, technology will be used to allow flexibility for students to demonstrate their their learning. Students will be able to use different types of technology to be creative with assignments and projects and help best fit their unique strengths.


Because the entire school and all aspects will build in Universal Design for Learning principles, separation of students by abilities or disabilities is not necessary and the inclusion model will be possible and effective. As each classroom will have two co-teachers, classes will be able to be grouped by grade level even though the students will have different ability levels. It will benefit the whole class to include unique strenghts and difficulties within classes. Students will be able to access content and materials in flexible ways, as well as present their learning in unique ways. This uniqueness from each student can help other students see content presented in multiple ways.

Curriculum must be designed with UDL principles of multiple methods of presentation, expression, and engagement from the start. For each material and method to be used, teachers will consider possible difficulties or missed opportunities ahead of time and identify solutions. The curriculum needs to be planned together by teachers and technology staff to analyze potential barriers and solutions. The curriculum must have a central theme of flexibility.

Setting clear goals is a key component of curriculum. Goals should be separate, not embedded, in the method of achieving it. This will make learning and success possible for all students rather than limiting them. First, it is important to understand the actual purpose and then word the goal to include all students. It is also important to include supports, scaffolding, and adjustable challenge levels, as well as identifying which network goals are related to- recognition, strategic, or affective.

By building in multiple, flexible methods of presentation, exprression, and engagement, curriculum will address each individual learning strength and difficulty.

Instructional Strategies for UDL:*utilize diverse, flexible tools and materials*offer multiple examples*utilize multiple media and formats*allow multiple methods of expression*support background knowledge*use models, graphics, visuals*allow opportunity for practice with support*use ongoing feedback*support and build on background knowledge

For UDL to be successful, several imprtant concepts are key to effective instruciton. It is important to understand the three brain network functions and apply that information when teaching to different areas. It is also critical to understand that through the use of diverse tools and media and by building UDL flexibility into materials, students can work toward goals in individualized ways.

Instruction built with UDL principles will not look like typical lessons and assignments. While all students will be working toward the same broad goals, there will be great variation in how each student gets there as well as the level of challenge for different students. They will not all be doing the same thing, but they will all be learning. They will not all learn the same way, but they will all be working on the same goals. They will be engaged in different ways, and taking different pathways for learning and expression.

Traditional assessment (a single, fixed format test) does not accurately assess what each student truly knows and is able to do. To gain accurate information from assessment, students will be assessed by embedded, flexible, ongoing assessments.

EmbeddedAssessment must be aligned with curriculum and instruction. By embedding assessment into curriculum, especially digitally, progress can be continuously tracked as well as provide feedback to help guide students. In order to assess what students really know and can do, they will also be assessed using the supports they were taught with. This keeps assessment aligned with instruction.

OngoingAssessment will also be ongoing in order to be accurate and provide the information teachers really need. Students are constantly learning, so informal constant assessment is important. Embedding assessment into curriculum will help with this. This will provide teachers with up-to-date, accurate information about what each student can do, which will enable them to provide more relevant instruction, adjust methods, increase challenge, etc. as necessary.

FlexibleIt is absolutely critical for assessment to be flexible. Students cannot all perform their best when only one option and method for assessment is available. Utilizing multiple, flexible media each student can be assessed in a way that is most efficient and effective for them. Rather than one paper-pencil test, some students will perform better with a text-to-speech digital option. Students with certain physical limitations may perform best by verbalizing. Multiple media is crucial to assessment aligned with UDL principles.


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