Anne Arundel County Public Schools is committed to providing instruction that is accessible to all students. In order to do so, we must ensure that the classroom is universally designed. Universal Design for Learning is a framework and set of principles to provide all students equal opportunities to learn. It allows students the opportunity to become expert learners rather than just mastering a body of knowledge or set of skills. UDL principles make curriculum goals, instructional materials, teaching methods and assessment accessible and engaging for all learners.
What is UDL? UDL was first developed in the 1990s by researchers at the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST). They define UDL as:
“…a research-based framework for designing curricula – that is educational goals, methods, materials and assessments – that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for learning. This is accomplished by simultaneously providing rich supports for learning and reducing barriers to the curriculum, while maintaining high achievement standards for all students.”
The CAST website includes information for you to access for assessing your current status of implementation of UDL and tools for applying UDL principles within the field of education. This site will also provide you with some examples of how you can use UDL principles in your classroom.
Universal Design for Learning is a flexible approach to curriculum planning and implementation that offers all students full and equal opportunities to learn. UDL strategies are frontloaded into the curriculum and lesson. Most of the work in Universal Design has come from the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST). To learn more about UDL guidelines and principles explore …..