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Universal Design for Learning and Beyond



January 2023 | 208 pages | Corwin

To reach all, we must reach each

Every classroom is filled with amazing individuals who vary wildly in who they are as people. This includes BIPOC students, LGBTQIA+ students, and students who are new to the language of instruction, have learning differences, are experiencing poverty, need behavioral supports, have had poor previous instruction, or have endured trauma. This diversity is an asset that educators can leverage when we ensure our instruction is tailored to the strengths and needs of each student. That’s where Universal Design for Learning (UDL) comes in.

UDL ensures all students succeed by enabling educators to remove barriers to learning. Supported by neurological and education research, the tenets of UDL challenge educators to engage students and sustain their interest, represent instruction in accessible ways, and support students to demonstrate their learning in multiple ways. This guide shows how UDL can serve as a pathway to equitable learning outcomes through

  • Practical advice for creating safe, affirming learning environments that encourage belonging
  • Demonstration of how to represent content, concepts, and skills in different ways to provide students with multiple modes of expression
  • Tables for planning and reflection
  • Graphics illustrating multiple means of expression

By applying UDL principles, educators can anticipate potential barriers to learning and adjust from the start, driving the accessibility of learning for all students by meeting the needs of each student.


 
Dedication
 
About the Author
 
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
 
Chapter 1: Planning for Variability
 
Chapter 2: Emotionally Safe Environments
 
Chapter 3: Options for Expression
 
Chapter 4: Engaging Classrooms
 
Chapter 5: Developing Expert Learners
 
Chapter 6: Flexible Support and Intervention
 
Chapter 7: Mastery Assessment and Grading
 
Chapter 8: Looking Forward
 
References

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Remove Barriers to Student Engagement

Remove Barriers to Student Engagement

Our students’ focus, participation, and interest in the activities of their learning are what we call “engagement”. But the benefits of engagement extend far beyond what we can see in the moment. Our long-term goal is for students to gain the skills of curiosity, focus, persistence, and self regulation. Download this excerpt for strategies you can test to build and maintain student engagement.

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Environments Where Students Feel Welcome

Environments Where Students Feel Welcome

When we think of inclusivity, it’s natural to envision ways to provide access for students who have academic or physical needs. Although this is certainly a key feature of equitable classrooms, the precursor to inclusive instruction and assessment is establishing an emotionally safe culture. This resource includes specific strategies you can use to be intentionally inviting to your students.

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