UDL for Instructional Coaches

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that recognizes all learners are varied and provides flexibility in design to optimize learning outcomes. As instructional coaches, teacher leaders, and/or administrators, it is our job to support educators as they work towards fully implementing UDL into their practice.

Instructional leaders and coaches play an important role in this work because we support, encourage, and motivate teachers and administrators as they integrate UDL in their classrooms and schools.

Participants in this course will explore the UDL Guidelines and take a deep dive into the implementation of UDL, focusing on creating innovative learning environments for teachers that can be scaled to improve the outcomes of all students within the district, developing PLC’s rooted in UDL, supporting the work in classrooms, and staying true to a vision of UDL.

Course Details

This is a facilitated online course that will run from February 8, 2021 – April 4, 2021. This course will consist of eight modules. Students can complete activities and assignments on their own time but should be mindful of assignment deadlines.

Instructor: Melissa Toland

Cost: $445 for 45 contact hours. Graduate credit (3 credits) may be obtained for this course for an additional $200 through Gordon College.

($25 discount per enrollment available to schools/districts that enroll 3 or more educators. Please contact Lindie Johnson at lindie@novakeducation.com for details.)

All participants who receive a grade of C or better will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course. Those who pay the additional graduate fee will also receive 3 graduate level credits. Contact Lindie Johnson at lindie@novakeducation.com.for details and instructions for obtaining graduate credit.

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Course Objectives

Develop essential tools to build capacity for UDL implementation at the site or district level.

Gain confidence in leading others in growing their UDL knowledge through lesson design, professional development opportunities, coaching, and other interactions with colleagues

Establish a solid understanding of UDL through exploration, application, and discussion.

Course Requirements

This course is offered online through eight weekly modules. Students can complete activities and assignments on their own time but should be mindful of assignment deadlines. 

Students will have the opportunity to communicate with fellow participants and the course instructor through Canvas discussion boards. Participants will be expected to pass in work by the due date, but will also be given the opportunity to revise and improve upon their work (just as students in their class should be given the same respect using the UDL framework).

All students must create a Canvas account and login to view modules and assignments.  All assignments must be submitted electronically through Canvas. All assignments can be resubmitted for feedback and grading up until the last day of the course.

Students will be provided with regular feedback and rubrics to help them determine how they will be assessed throughout the course.

About Your Instructor

Melissa Toland

Melissa Toland, M.Ed.

Melissa Toland, M.Ed. is a passionate UDL advocate with a strong belief in the power of universal design to transform education for all learners. Melissa has extensive knowledge and expertise in utilizing technology to universally design instruction, and enhance learning experiences for all students in the areas of language arts, english language development, and journalism.

In her current position, Melissa supports district-wide UDL implementation through professional development trainings, and instructional coaching. The professional development presentations she develops are rooted in the UDL guidelines, providing teachers with a model of universal design and the opportunity to experience the power of UDL as a participant. Melissa developed the UDL Implementation Rubric as a professional development tool to encourage teachers to self-assess and monitor their own learning as they strive to meet the needs of all students through universally designed instruction.

As an instructional coach, Melissa mentors teachers on a one-to-one and small group basis at both the elementary and secondary levels to support teachers as they implement UDL principles into their teaching practice. Through these collaborative sessions, she provides a practical approach to integrate the principles of UDL in their instruction. Melissa’s work as both an instructional coach and UDL presenter has successfully fostered an understanding of the fundamental concepts of UDL and its capacity to create better learning opportunities for all students throughout her district.


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