Scale and optimize your UDL practice

UDL is an educational framework that can be used to embrace variability, eliminate barriers to learning, and overcome inequitable opportunities for students. This course is for educators who have some basic knowledge and understanding of UDL but want to move their UDL practice from the emerging level toward proficiency. If you have taken a UDL 101 course (Universally Designing the PreK – Grade 2 Classroom, UDL for Elementary Ed, UDL Design Lab, etc.), this course would be the next step.

In this course, teachers and administrators will have the opportunity to dive deeper into the UDL framework to scale and optimize UDL implementation in their learning environment. We will explore social injustice, UDL culture and climate, culturally responsive teaching techniques, and implicit bias through the UDL lens. Educators will learn how to embrace their UDL failures as part of the learning experience and increase their knowledge of UDL best practices to proactively design learning environments academically, behaviorally, and social-emotionally that help eliminate inequities in schools.

Course Details

This is a facilitated online course that will run from March 30 – May 24, 2020. This course will consist of eight online asynchronous modules. You may complete the modules and work on your own time but must pass in assignments by their due dates.

Instructor: Kathy Thibodeau, M.Ed.

Cost: $445 for 36 contact hours (3 graduate credits may be obtained for an additional fee of $225)

($20 discount per enrollment available to schools/districts that enroll 3 or more educators. Please contact Lindie Johnson at for details.)

This course is equivalent to 3.6 CEUs and 36 contact hours. All participants who receive a grade of C or better will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course.

Graduate credit may be obtained for this course for an additional $225 through Gordon College. Graduate credit must be obtained prior to the beginning of the course. Please contact for details.


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Course Objectives

Become more competent in your ability to create better learning opportunities and outcomes for students by bridging cultural differences with students and fostering social justice through a model that is built upon comprehensive feedback and an inquiry model of improvement.

Become more cognizant of student variability and how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can transform teaching and learning to improve the outcomes of all learners.

Become more competent in your ability to remove the barriers that prevent some students from learning and engaging in the curriculum. 

Course Requirements

This course requires participants to be engaged and prepared for each and every assignment. 

The course will be offered online through eight asynchronous modules yet students will have the opportunity to communicate with fellow participants 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

Kathy Thibodeau

Kathy Thibodeau, M.Ed.

Kathy Thibodeau is a retired elementary teacher who taught for 27 years. She has taught kindergarten, third, and fifth grade. She has a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Creative Arts and Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.

Kathy’s knowledge, passion, and application of the arts in teaching, which includes poetry, movement, music, visual art & drama, alongside UDL best practices, allows students to express their knowledge of Common Core standards in unconventional ways. Kathy taught all subject areas with enthusiasm while keeping in mind the diverse learning needs of all students.

In her spare time, Kathy enjoys cooking, photography, horseback riding, kayaking, music, gardening, and traveling. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, dog (Maxi), 3 children & spouses, as well as her 7 grandchildren, 2 granddogs, & 2 grandcats.


Enrollment for the Spring 2019 session is now open.


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