Critical Components of UDL
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for curriculum development that promotes equity and equal access to learning for the widest possible range of students throughout their entire 13-year school experience. Schools implementing UDL do this by increasing access to learning for all students and providing more ways for students to participate and demonstrate their learning. The goal of UDL is to reduce barriers to learning and increase the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for learning that children need to be successful after graduation without reducing academic rigor.

UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials and assessments that gives all students the opportunity to learn and meet high academic standards. UDL coordinates with a variety of initiatives, including integrated units; multi-sensory teaching; multiple intelligences; differentiation of goals, methods, materials, assessment, and instruction in curriculum/lesson planning; technology integration; one-to-one device projects; and performance-based assessments.

Efficiency is also a benefit of UDL. Incorporating the critical components of UDL, which are supported in the Minnesota English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core Standards, will ultimately save schools and districts time and money. Universally designed units and lessons create multiple opportunities for ALL students to meaningfully engage with the standards and reduces the need for differentiation on a student-by-student basis. This will save educators time and be maximally efficient in the long-term.

In Exploration, administrators are assessing the extent to which current standards are universally designed and how they are intentionally written to allow students to experience multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement. Exploration of the ideas and implications of UDL is critical in obtaining buy-in to incorporate UDL and integrate it into alignment processes, and into the development of learning targets, formative assessments, units and lessons.

Introduction for Instructional Leaders

Introduction for Staff