Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Interactive Session - Spring 2015 Principal READY
This session will offer strategies for coaching and supporting teachers by examining the principles of UDL for individual student engagement while reducing instructional barriers. How teachers adapt teaching practices to meet the individual needs of learners is addressed throughout The NC Professional Teaching Standards and examples are discussed.

Link to Student Profiles:
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/learning-profiles-john-mccarthy


Step 1. (School)





The term UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING means a scientifically valid framework for guiding educational practice that:
(A) provides flexibility in the ways information is presented, in the ways students respond or demonstrate knowledge and skills, and in the ways students are engaged; and

(B) reduces barriers in instruction, provides appropriate accommodations, supports, and challenges, and maintains high achievement expectations for all students, including students with disabilities and students who are limited English proficient.
In addition to this definition, the framework of UDL has been elaborated by CAST in Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age by Rose & Meyer (ASCD, 2002), The Universally Designed Classroom (Rose, Meyer, & Hitchcock, Eds.; Harvard Education Press, 2005), and A Practical Reader in Universal Design for Learning (Rose & Meyer, Eds.; Harvard Education Press, 2006).

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Click here to access Interpreting the 3 principles of UDL activity.
Click here to access UDL Outline Guide
Click here to access the National Center for UDL.

Guiding Questions for a School-level Conversation About UDL:
  • How can using a variety of materials and methods reach more of the students within the school?
  • What are the benefits of a school-wide protocol for implementing UDL principles?
  • What are the challenges inherent in the implementation of UDL principles school-wide?

Reflection Question

How can this step inform decision making at the school-level?
Discuss with your table group and record your thoughts on the note taking guide.

Step 2. (PLC)




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Click here to access Analyzing Lesson Plans for UDL principles activity.
UDL Principles: Rubric for Analyzing Lesson/Unit Plans
Use the UDL Principles Rubric for Lesson/Unit Planning for this step.

Access Homebase Instructional Materials:
Click here to access Schoolnet Training Tool
Username: principal_2207
Pswd: homebase

Guiding Questions for a PLC-level Conversation About UDL:
  • How may teachers identify barriers and strengths within curricular goals, assessments, materials, and methods using the UDL principles?
  • How may teachers apply knowledge of the UDL framework, specifically the UDL guidelines and the UDL principles, to the lesson planning process?
  • What strategies can be implemented through PLCs for using these skills to create lessons that maximize learning for all students?

Reflection Question

How can this step inform decision making at the PLC level?
Discuss with your table group and record your thoughts on the note taking guide.

Step 3. (Individual)


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Click here to access Exploring Resources to Support Differentiated Learning activity.
Guide for Exploring Resources activity.
Click here to record feedback on resources explored.
UDL Guidelines-Educator Checklist
NCDPI Professional Development

Guiding Questions for a Conversation between an administrator and teacher About UDL:
  • Where would you like to see students make better progress this year? How will you apply the UDL principles to lesson planning and facilitation?
  • Which sub-group of students do you feel are not accessing the curriculum based on traditional instructional pedagogy?
  • Given the area for improvement we have identified, what strategies would make a difference for students who are not demonstrating adequate progress?
  • What kind of support do you need to begin to apply UDL principles to your daily instructional practices?

Reflection Question

How can this step inform decision making at the individual teacher level?
Discuss with your table group and record your thoughts on the note taking guide.

Additional Resources:

Cast UDL Exchange


The tools used in this presentation have been helpful to some educators across the state. However, due to the rapidly changing digital environment, NCDPI does not represent nor endorse that these tools are the exclusive digital tools for the purposes outlined on this site.