How can we design our lessons to meet all our students’ needs?
Audience: Middle school classroom teachers, literacy support teachers, integration support teachers
“Trying harder is impossible when you’re already trying as hard as you can. But you can always try different.” Seth Godin, 2010
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for developing curriculum and instruction that gives all individuals equal opportunities to learn. The goal of this learning series is to increase knowledge and skill in applying Universal Design for Learning Principles and Guidelines to instructional planning to maximize student access, engagement, and achievement.
Meeting Dates & Objectives
Jan. 7, 2014 Session 1
Objective: Develop a common understanding of UDL and how to apply UDL principals to a lesson.
Jan. 28, 2014 Session 2
Objective: Adapt a lesson or unit plan using a UDL Lens
Mar. 7, 2014 UDL PRO D Day Opportunity (optional)
Objective: Deepen knowledge and skill in applying Universal Design for Learning Principles and Guidelines to instructional planning. Open to all teachers.
Apr. 8, 2014 Session 3
Objective: Reflect and assess the implementation of adapted lesson and revise, set new goals, revise
May 22, 2014 Inquiry Celebration (3pm at Olympic View)
Objective: Share and celebrate our learning with colleagues.
The Overall Tasks
1. Develop a Class Profile. This considers the range of students and teaching and learning resources in your classroom. Potential templates will be offered.
2. Review, critique, develop a lesson or unit plan according to the Universal Design for Learning principles and guidelines. Think about the learning goals and potential barriers in consideration of the characteristics and needs of the range of students who are in your classroom and the teaching and learning resources that are available (Class profile).
3. Share what you are learning with your UDL colleagues and others
Devon Stokes-Bennett (Curriculum & Technology Coordinator),
Dawn Anderson (Curriculum & Technology Coordinator),
Erin Favell (Coordinator for Social Responsibility/Behaviour/FASD)