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Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a scientifically valid framework that provides multiple means of access, assessment, and engagement and removes barriers in instruction to achieve academic and behavioral success for all.  The Universal Design for Learning framework can provide educators with a structure to develop their instruction to meet the wide range of diversity among all learners.  Universal Design for Learning is based on brain research that suggests a one-size-fits-all approach to education is not effective.  The inspiration behind Universal Design for Learning was the concept of universal design in architecture, where design features intended for individuals with disabilities have had unexpected benefits for the general population (e.g. curb cut outs designed for wheelchair access have benefits for strollers, rolling luggage, skateboarders, etc.)

There are three main principles of Universal Design for Learning:

  1. Access - Provide Multiple Means of Representation
  2.  Assessment - Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression
  3. Engagement - Provide Multiple Means of Engagement

Universal Design for Learning is one of the tools that can help us meet the goals outlined in State Superintendent Tony Evers’ Agenda 2017 and is not one more initiative; the practices are embedded within other educational efforts in Wisconsin.  Click a topic below to learn more… 

Connections to Universal Design for Learning

Multi-Level System of Support

Culturally Responsive Practices

Personalized Learning

Educator Effectiveness