UDL - Universal Design for Learning
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UDL - Universal Design for Learning
The pedagogical framework to designing learning environments to teach and to support ALL learners!
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A District Implements UDL with a Focus on Improving Instruction

A District Implements UDL with a Focus on Improving Instruction | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

The Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation is an example where UDL has been implemented across the district with the focus on "improving instruction".  Included on this site are a set of videos and podcasts that features how UDL principles are being implemented in the classroom with all students.


"In 2003, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC), an Indiana district serving 11,000 students, began implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in a single pilot school. Today, UDL principles are applied to one degree or another in all of the district’s 19 schools, first begun as part of a statewide UDL initiative called the PATINS project."


Why bring UDL into your district?


"In this excerpt George Van Horn (District Director of Special Education Services) stresses that he along with Bill Jensen (Director of Secondary Education) and Karen Garrity (Director of Elementary Education) were all focused on improving instruction. They had already adopted inclusionary practices for their district and, rather than add on services, the next leap forward needed to come from a focus on improving core instruction. UDL aligned with their core beliefs."

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Matthew Peterson - Teaching Without Words

Discover how math can be taught without words in this TED talk.  Be inspired by the fact that Matthew is dyslexic and because of it, he discovered how to teach math to diverse learners like himself.


"In school, the dominant way of conveying ideas is through words. Words can be great barriers to learning. Matthew Petersen shows and explains how we can learn without words.


Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., is Co-Founder, Senior Institute Scientist, and Chief Technical Officer of the MIND Research Institute. He is the creator of MIND's Math instructional software that teaches math to students using a unique non-language-based approach. Matthew was recently featured on Discovery Channel's "Profile Series." His focus is on developing math learning environments that initially convey sophisticated concepts visually, enabling students to gain a solid conceptual understanding of mathematics regardless of language proficiency. Matthew's cutting-edge teaching methods are currently benefiting over 300,000 students. He is the author of "MIND's Algebra Readiness" textbook, adopted in California in 2008, in addition to other technical and scientific publications."

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Tonya D Harris's curator insight, December 30, 2013 9:54 AM

A Resource: Hands on software for Math "MIND's Algebra"