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NDSS UPDATE ON UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING (UDL)

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    Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Toolkit _ More Info_ (http://capwiz.com/ndss/issues/alert/?alertid=11873566&queueid=2337686206) Details about UDL in
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      Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Toolkit
      Details about UDL in Higher Education Opportunity Act
       
      BACKGROUND: Universal design for learning (UDL) is an educational framework and set of principles to provide ALL students equal opportunities to learn. Using UDL principles in general education and special education classrooms makes curriculum accessible. Learning is supported; students gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning; and their learning is validly assessed.

      Using the following three principles, UDL embeds flexibility into the components of the curriculum: goals, teaching methods, instructional materials and assessments.

      Provide multiple and flexible methods of presentation to give students various ways of acquiring information and knowledge.

      Provide multiple and flexible means of expression to provide students with alternatives for demonstrating what they have learned, and

      Provide multiple and flexible means of engagement to tap into learners' interests, challenge them appropriately, and motivate them to learn.

      UDL TOOLKIT: The U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has published a toolkit of information and resources that will help policymakers, education personnel and parents understand how to implement UDL strategies and practices. This toolkit is available at http://www.osepideasthatwork.org/ and CDs will be available shortly through ED Pubs http://edpubs.ed.gov/

      HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY ACT: Recently the Higher Education Opportunity Act was passed with numerous provisions regarding the preparation of educators in early childhood, elementary, secondary and postsecondary education settings to use the principles of UDL in their instructional practices. A few key provisions are:

      A definition of universal design for learning (the first one in any statute).

      A requirement that institutions of higher education and States will publish a report card that contains a description of activities consistent with the principles of universal design for learning that prepare teachers to integrate technology effectively into curricula and instruction.

      A requirement in The Teach to Reach grant (which prepares general educators to teach students with disabilities) that the funding must be used to provide certain skills including those related to universal design for learning. There are other grants that specifically list activities related to universal design for learning as a permissible use of the funds.

      A document containing all the UDL provisions in the Act is at http://www1.ndss.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_view&gid=163&Itemid=292

      IMPORTANCE: Parents, teachers, school boards, principals, related service providers, State Directors of Special Education and many others agree that UDL is needed to improve instruction and assessment for all students, especially students with disabilities. As a result NDSS has been able to organize a coalition of 24 national general education and disability organizations called the National UDL Task Force. NDSC is also a member of this Task Force.

      The fact that UDL is now incorporated in the Higher Education Opportunity Act is an important first step. The Task Force has already recommended UDL provisions for the upcoming reauthorization of NCLB and will recommend provisions for IDEA when its reauthorization process begins. In addition to focusing on legislation, the Task Force is working on numerous communication tools and strategies to aid the implementation of UDL. The UDL Toolkit is part of that communication campaign. The Task Force is grateful to OSEP for being responsive to our request for this toolkit. For more information on the Task Force and UDL see www.udl4allstudents.com and www.cast.org.


      For more information on this information bulletin, please contact Ricki Sabia at rsabia@... or Susan Goodman at Susang1961@....

       

       

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