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Universal Design for Learning

CAST (Center for Applied Science Technology) developed Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. Our nation’s K-12 education law, The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) defines and endorses Universal Design for Learning.  While UDL is not mentioned specifically in Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education, it is connected to many of the priority strategies related to highly effective teaching and instruction.

The Region 12 SST has created learning opportunities for educators for exploration of ‘what’ UDL is (half day session) and for implementation of ‘how’ UDL can look in the classroom (whole day session including a lesson design lab). We hope that these offerings can be made available later this school year as planned in-person sessions.

Region 12 SST Consultants has created a series of short on-demand sessions accessible through SST Region 12 YouTube channel for individual educators and teams to use as a tool to learn about UDL. The sessions are short and can be paused to allow for discussion and ‘think time.’ An activity will accompany each session that provides an opportunity for deeper learning and reflection. These on-demand sessions are available now under the UDL on Demand tab.

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