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).
SST 12 recently piloted Project Success - 2 years of learning within a cohort that centered on UDL and RTI used together in the classroom to create a learning environment that meets the needs of every learner. Participants attended six unique professional learning sessions, received coaching, and were offered multiple options to extend their learning to meet the unique needs of each building’s educators.
Currently, SST 12 is offering a book study of UDL with Katie Novak’s UDL Now!