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What Really Works With Universal Design for Learning

What Really Works With Universal Design for Learning

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Introduction by Katie Novak

March 2019 | 304 pages | Corwin
The goal of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is to use a variety of teaching methods to remove any barriers to learning and give all students equal opportunities to succeed. UDL doesn’t specifically target kids with IEPs: It’s about building in flexibility that can be adjusted for every student’s strengths and needs. UDL offers information in more than one format, gives kids more than one way to interact with academic material and to show what they’ve learned, and looks for different ways to motivate students. 

As most states move toward non-categorical certification in special education (e.g., certification in all disability areas across K-12 settings), as opposed to categorical certification (e.g., certification in Learning Disabilities or Autism), special education teachers need to know something about everything in their field. General education teachers and administrators are also faced with an enormous influx of students with disabilities in general education settings due to the philosophy of inclusive practices. This means that special educators are not the only ones expected to be up to speed on research-based strategies for students with special needs. In a nutshell, they all need to know what works in a wide range of areas and with a wide variety of students. Being proactive in planning and keeping the importance of student choice and voice in mind relates directly to UDL principles. This book proposes to provide K-12 teachers in both general and special education, as well as their administrators, with a resource that shows them how to use UDL effectively in an effort to improve the outcomes for all students.  

The book contains and unprecedented breadth of topics related to UDL, from content areas (literacy, math), pedagogical areas (use of technology, culturally responsive practices, assessment, positive behavior support), and other critical areas (legal issues, classroom environment). Each chapter will be presented in a practical and easy-to-access format for busy professionals. The book will be designed so that it is useful as a “101” reference for practitioners and professionals who have no experience with UDL and are working with the concept for the first time, while at the same time, the very nature of its practical application will ensure that educators who have been teaching for years will want this book as a reference to help improve their current practice.

Introductory Material
An Introduction to UDL: From Pizza Parlor to the World Katie Novak
Content Areas
Chapter 1: UDL and Literacy: Setting the Stage for Language Success Janet Josephson, Anne Brawand, Ruby Owiny
Chapter 2: UDL and Mathematics: Making Algebra Accessible Sarah Nagro, Jamie Daley, Cat Gaspard
Chapter 3: UDL and Social Studies: Applying Project-Based Learning Philip Bernhardt
Chapter 4: UDL and Science: Integrating STEM Barbara Serianni
Chapter 5: UDL and the Performing Arts: Inspiring Creativity Rebecca Ashton Tamarah Ashton
Chapter 6: UDL and Executive Functioning: Unlocking the Capacity for Learning Jen Walker, Victoria Russell
Chapter 7: UDL and Positive Behavior Supports: Making Classroom Management Positive Brittany Hott
Chapter 8: UDL and Adaptive Behavior: Addressing Conceptual, Social and Practical Skills Caitlyn Bukaty, Lauren Delisio
Chapter 9: UDL and Co-Teaching: Establishing the Perfect Union Wendy Murawski, Leila Ricci
Chapter 10: UDL and Assistive Technology: Utilizing Technology Beyond Mere Accessibility Lauren Delisio, Caitlyn Bukaty
Chapter 11: UDL and Implementation Fidelity: Providing Consistency Within Flexibility Kimberly Johnson, Kyena Cornelius
Special Populations
Chapter 12: UDL and Advancement: Unblocking the Traffic Jam Claire Hughes
Chapter 13: UDL and Early Childhood: Giving Young Children Choices Too Zhen Chai, Ching-I Chen
Chapter 14:UDL and Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders: Promoting Self-Managers Kimberly Johnson, Kyena Cornelius
Beyond the Classroom
Chapter 15: UDL and Administrators: Leading the Charge Amy Kramer
Chapter 16: UDL and Home School Collaboration: Partnering for Empowerment Brooke Blanks
Chapter 17:UDL and Policy: Considering Legal Implications Jaqueline Rodriguez
Chapter 18: A conclusion to UDL: Taking Baby Steps to Change Wendy Murawski, Katie Novak

"This book is beautifully designed and organized. Educators will want to have it next to them as they plan their UDL-influenced lessons and environments. It is full of innovative, realistic, and reliable ideas for any educator, and it exemplifies that UDL is a framework that benefits all content areas, all contexts, and all educators."

Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D., President and Lead Educational Consultant, RAISE, Inc.

"Universal Design for Learning is a framework that can be overwhelming to even the most seasoned educators. The actionable practices and ready-to-implement strategies described in this work are just what educators need—and are asking for— to help them amplify their application of it. By highlighting what works in a variety of contexts, the authors and their collaborators have ensured that there are entry points for anyone interested in learning more about UDL implementation."

Dr. Elizabeth Berquist, Coordinator of Professional Learning, Baltimore County Public Schools, CAST Professional Learning Cadre
Baltimore County Public Schools, CAST Professional Learning Cadre

"What Really Works With Universal Design for Learning deserves a place on every educator’s desk. This is your UDL multi-vitamin—insightfully addressing the big questions around content, behavior, and instruction. Whether you’re beginning your UDL journey or refining your UDL practices, the usable knowledge and practical strategies will give your implementation instant traction and sustained inspiration."

Joni Degner, UDL Consultant and Professional Learning Designer, CAST and BCSC (Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation)
CAST and BCSC (Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation)

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