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1 Universal Design for Learning: A framework for meeting the needs of all students Dr. Patti Ralabate, UDL Fellow CAST & Boston College December 1, 2010

2 All students have different learning needs, abilities, and preferences The Challenge

3 “A scientifically valid framework for guiding educational practice” (Source: Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008) Universal Design for Learning

4 Why UDL? Too many students Diverse student needs Lack of instructional time Lack of resources & supports Rigid curriculum & instructional materials Cost of time & money for retro-fitting

5 Access & Equity is Built-in Designed from the outset to meet the needs of all students

6 Based on brain research 3 Networks Recognition – What of learning Strategic – How of learning Affective – Why of learning

7 Principles of UDL Multiple  means of representation  means of action and expression  means of engagement - CAST -

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9 Multiple Means of Representation Examples  Read aloud  Highlight phrases  Listen to audiotape  Text-to-speech  Built-in talking glossary  Built-in language translation

10 Multiple Means of Action and Expression  Written response  Verbal response  Visual art project  Dramatic response  iMovie (Macintosh)  Multimedia: Power Point, Hyperstudio

11 Multiple Means of Engagement  Flexibility in use of tools to access information  Keep ongoing personal journal  Use archived resources  Choice in means of expression  Flexible grouping strategies

12 CONCEPTUAL SHIFT FROM: Fixing the student TO: Designing the curriculum for all students

13 Elementary: Ms. Bishop Representation E-reader; Audio recording; Video Story webs; Outlining; Concept map Engagement Reading circle; Interest-based projects Expression Spell/grammar checks; Speech-to-text Word prediction software; Audiotape

14 Secondary: Mr. Franks Representation - Talking glossary - Built-in translation - Text-to-speech Engagement - Journal - Interviews - Project- based Expression - Poetry - Drama - iMovie

15 Looking for Information on UDL National UDL Center  Almost 5 Million hits  Almost 126,000 visitors CAST  Over 22 Million hits  Over 1 Million visitors Bookbuilder  Over 38.5 Million hits  Over 29,000 users Professional Development  Nearly 2500 members of UDL Consortium  Higher Ed courses – CO, CT, DC, GA, KS, LA, MA, ME, NC, RI, TN, VT, WA, WY  NEA Cadre sessions – AR, AZ, CA, CT, HI, MI, MN, NJ, NY, NM, OK, OR, TX, VA, WA

16 - framework & set of principles - ALL students with equal opportunities to learn.

17 Resources National Task Force on UDL National UDL Center Center for Applied Special Technology


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