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MITS collaborates with CAST to develop 1st Draft of UDL Critical Elements

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) represents a paradigm shift in education that has the potential to improve outcomes for a broad range of students. MITS, in collaboration with CAST, has identified four critical elements intended to serve as a foundation for implementation and further research.  Instruction aligned with the framework of UDL must minimally include each of the four critical elements shown below. 


1. Clear Goals
  • Teachers have a clear understanding of the goal(s) of the lesson and expected, specific outcomes
  • Goals are communicated in ways that are accessible to all students, and can be articulated by them.   
2. Inclusive, Intentional Planning
  • Intentional proactive planning addresses diverse student needs based on the teacher’s knowledge of their students.
    • Addresses individual differences in background knowledge, affect, strategies, etc. (Consider what students know, what they are capable of, and what engages them). 
    • Recognizes that all students learn differently and thus plan accordingly, paying particular attention to students in the margins (i.e., struggling and advanced) knowing that a broader range of students will benefit
  • Addresses the demands (e.g. standards) and resources of the curriculum: 
    • Maintaining rigor of the lesson while providing necessary supports and alternatives
    • Reducing the barriers in the curriculum by embedding built in supports from the start
3. Flexible methods and materials
  • A variety of media and methods are used to present information and content 
  • Students use a variety of media and methods to demonstrate their knowledge or express themselves
  • A variety of methods are used to engage students and build self-regulation
4. Timely progress monitoring
  • Formative assessments are frequent and timely enough to plan/redirect instruction and support
  • Both formative and summative assessments are varied and differentiated enough to be accurate for all students