Develop a deeper understanding of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and gain the knowledge and confidence to design learning environments that increase access to engaging, meaningful learning experiences for all students.
To address the remarkable variability among students in today’s diverse learning environments, educators are increasingly turning to Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL offers a framework for guiding the design of learning opportunities that are inclusive and challenging for all learners.
This three-week online workshop includes a mix of self-paced learning, asynchronous group discussion, and job-embedded application. A core part of the HGSE experience is cohort learning, and this curriculum is designed to create a community of practice for participants to learn with and from each other.
All materials are provided at the start of the program and can be completed at times that best fit a participant’s schedule within the three-week program period. Participants should plan to devote an average of three to five hours of work per week. Participants who complete all individual activities and contribute to group discussions prior to the end of the course period will receive a certificate indicating completion of fifteen clock hours of instruction.
Each week you will:
- Engage with a variety of resources (articles, podcasts, videos) to explore and build new learning around UDL
- Share your ideas and connect with other educators who are committed to designing inclusive learning environments
- Self-reflect on ways to further develop your practice through a UDL lens
- Gain tools and approaches to start to try out aspects of UDL in practice
- Deepen your knowledge of UDL and develop a strong understanding of how it can be applied across various learning environments -- both brick and mortar and virtual
- Learn the principles behind “variability” – the neuroscience associated with UDL that states all individuals learn in unique and different ways
- Explore UDL “in action” and see how it is applied in the classroom
Who Should Attend
We look forward to collaborating with participants who have a basic understanding of UDL, who are eager to deepen their UDL practice, and who are motivated to develop into UDL leaders at their schools. Please note that a strong background in UDL is not required to begin this Professional Learning Series.
We strongly advise that teams include a cross-section of stakeholders, including:
- School staff: teachers, paraprofessionals, instructional leaders, principals, grade level leads, curriculum specialists, department leads, coordinators, and other school and classroom-based leaders
- District staff: superintendents, chief academic officers, union leadership, instructional coaches, and other district-based leaders
Registration will take place on an individual basis, and teams are welcome. If you would like to enroll a group of educators (composed of either individuals or multiple teams) please see the How To Apply section of the UDL Professional Learning Series page.