The ultimate goal of UDL implementation is to systematically align all aspects of an organization with UDL. UDL does not only influence instruction; it affects physical space, capitol planning, and all other strategic goals in a district. District policies like hiring protocols, parent involvement strategies, and professional development should all be universally designed along with teacher instruction.
When you look at UDL as a framework that is a canvas where all other initiates are painted, you realize that it’s more of a lifestyle change than a diet. It’s about changing the way you think about education and how you interact with and involve all stakeholders. Don’t just look at the barriers in the classroom – look at the barriers in an organization and design initiatives that eliminate them. Effective teaching meets the needs of all learners. Effective districts meet the needs of all stakeholders. Set out to make changes in a big way, so classroom teachers are supported as they begin to implement the framework. For more ideas on how to implement UDL as a district, explore the resources on this web site.
Okay, I totally stole the title of this blog from the great George Van Horn of Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC), but he admittedly stole it from someone else as well. (: