If our systems have any chance of supporting students with remote learning, they have to use the principles of Universal Design to ensure that every student, regardless of variability, has equal opportunities to learn.
Debunking the common myths and misconceptions about Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Let’s be honest. Our vision statements, that strive for success for all, are out of reach if we continue to design systems and instruction the way we have always designed them.
In the past few months, we have had to unlearn many of our favorite routines and habits. Unlearning means that we have to consciously think about and put forth the effort to change.
Change Will Come
A Heart Check
A poem written by Andratesha Fritzgerald, Mirko Chardin, and Katie Novak
How do we grow our practice as a virtual teacher? It starts by asking ourselves how we can continue delivering high-quality and flexible education that supports and challenges all learners in this time of distance learning.
A month by month guideline to implement (Universal Design for Learning) UDL in your first year in a leadership position
By Magdelena Ganias and Katie Novak Over the last several years most districts across the country have taken small steps towards incorporating technology into professional practice. District and school leadership teams have discussed options to meet the needs of professionals who are juggling both professional and personal responsibilities. Professional learning, including Twitter chats, online graduate courses, and Facebook book groups have become popular alternatives to “sit-and-get” professional development (PD) options. Although these options have been valuable to many educators, they were often not the norm, as faculty meetings, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and professional development workshops were still held largely
Today I had the opportunity to work with an amazing administrative team in the Del Norte School District on the northern coast in California. We were discussing the best entry points to teach high school staff about the importance of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and providing all students with opportunities to become expert learners. We had an a-ha moment (think – fireworks in the brain!) and decided that a great place to start is the profile of a graduate. Sometimes called a portrait of a graduate or a vision of a graduate, “a graduate profile is a document that
A contribution from the brilliant Dr. Eric Moore. Moore is the Universal Design for Learning & Accessibility Specialist + Instructional Designer at the University of Tennessee as well as a practicing educational consultant and author of UDL Navigators in Higher Education: A Field Guide. Contact him directly at DREJMOORE@INNOSPIRE.ORG *** “Come the glorious day when all barriers went… y’know…. We’d just be people with impairments; we wouldn’t be disabled people anymore.” ~Laurence Clark When I was a middle school kid in the early stages of going deaf, I didn’t understand all of the cultural baggage and philosophical context associated with