Universal Design for Learning: The next big thing in school reform?

For more information on Maryland’s implementation of UDL, visit:

http://marylandlearninglinks.org/1021 for UDL in the classroom.

http://marylandlearninglinks.org/3816 for an interactive activity.

http://marylandlearninglinks.org/950 for tips on how to implement in the curriculum.

http://matnonline.com/webinars for webinars on UDL and technology.

http://www.udl-rttt.mdonlinegrants.org/ for UDL and professional development.

http://ccr.mdonlinegrants.org/ for UDL and college and career readiness.

http://montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/hiat/udl/ for best practices on UDL implementation at the school and district level.

According to George Van Horn, director of special education for the Bartholomew Special Services Cooperative of the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Columbus, Ind., UDL shows real results.

Already, his district—after adopting UDL as a framework for all teaching and learning—has had an 11-percent increase in the number of students with disabilities passing standardized tests since implementation began roughly two years ago. There’s also been a 60-percent increase in fluency scores for English language learners.

“We say that UDL creates a framework that other district initiatives can hang from,” said Van Horn.

Meris Stansbury

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