Removing Barriers with UDL and Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

Like many, this teacher felt intense pressure to teach the standards and wasn’t sure how to embrace Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and blended learning. Yet, some teaching strategies create barriers that impede student progress.

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UDL for Adult Learners: Guidelines and Strategies

Digital Promise

“The best thing about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is that it keeps the rigor of content and standards, but allows for flexibility in the way learners come to their own understanding of the material,” says Jason Marshall of YouthBuild USA. In this webinar, Jason and one of the YouthBuild USA Teaching Fellows, Jo Forman, talk about why UDL is important when working with adult learners, and they outline several UDL guidelines and give strategies for using UDL in the classroom.

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UDL and Blended Learning: Removing Barriers with Design

Catlin Tucker

In my new book with Dr. Katie Novak, UDL and Blended Learning , I share a story about working with an architect to design a new home after my family lost our house in the Tubbs Fire in 2017. Yet, when we think about many of the instructional strategies we have used for years (e.g.,

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Prepare For Fall: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Blended Learning Self-paced Online Course

Catlin Tucker

Katie Novak and I wrote UDL and Blended Learning: Thriving in Flexible Learning Landscapes to support teachers in developing a mindset, skill set, and toolset nimble enough to traverse any teaching and learning landscape with confidence. Module 1: Introduction to UDL.

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5 Strategies to Engage Learners Around Flipped Instruction

Catlin Tucker

They relied on videos out of necessity to explain concepts and model strategies while students learned from home. Engagement Strategy #1 Pair the Video with Questions. Engagement Strategy #2 Pair the Video with a Guided Note Template, Concept Map, or Graphic Organizer.

Learning for All with UDL in the Classroom


ELA educator Cheryl Mizerny invites you to have fun developing your own UDL-enhanced unit. The former special ed teacher details how using Universal Design for Learning helps all learners grow, then she shares her argumentative writing unit enhanced with UDL practices. It's Not Easy Being Tween UDL Strategies argumentative writing CAST Center for Applied Special Technology Cherl Mizerny special education UDL Universal Design for Learning

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#6: 5 ways to leverage UDL for student inclusivity

eSchool News

Inclusive educators often use Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to provide students with consistent access to engaging content and effective paths for achieving educational goals in classrooms where they experience a greater sense of belonging. UDL, which is a set of principles for curriculum development that aims to provide all students an equal opportunity to learn, can be used by educators at any grade level or subject area. Use varied strategies to present content.

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Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL

The CoolCatTeacher

Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL. So the focus in the classroom is really developing great independent learning skills, based upon who they are, using the UDL lens of Access , Engage , and Express. There are some things that I have on my blog, that we’ve done before on UDL that we’ll link to, and personalized learning and that sort of thing. Where do we start understanding UDL. UDL has been around a little while.

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A perfect pairing: UDL and PLCs

eSchool News

Related content: 5 ways our centralized LMS supports UDL. One such framework is Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is a standards-based framework for inclusive education that aims to eliminate barriers to learning and optimize each individual’s opportunity to learn. UDL recognizes that a one-size-fits-all curriculum doesn’t meet the needs of all students.

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365 Inclusive Learning Strategies to Help Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen Janowski and her coauthors have written a book Inclusive Learning 365: Edtech Strategies for Every Day of the Year. UDL Principles to Reach Every Child. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

5 ways to leverage UDL for student inclusivity

eSchool News

Inclusive educators often use Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to provide students with consistent access to engaging content and effective paths for achieving educational goals in classrooms where they experience a greater sense of belonging. UDL, which is a set of principles for curriculum development that aims to provide all students an equal opportunity to learn, can be used by educators at any grade level or subject area. Use Varied Strategies to Present Content.

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Universal Design for Learning: What Educators Need to Know


The Universal Design for Learning (also known by its abbreviation UDL and occasionally just “universal learning”) is an educational framework designed by CAST, an educational research organization located in Boston. Additionally, you can use UDL to boost student motivation.

Research Based Strategies for Distance Learning with Dr. Matthew Rhoads

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Research-Based Strategies for Distance Learning with Dr. Matthew Rhoads Dr. Matthew Rhoads is teaching at a distance and coaching other teachers to improve their teaching as well.

Side-by-Side Assessments: Grading With Students

Catlin Tucker

In previous posts, I’ve focused on this first point by encouraging teachers to use blended learning models and strategies to free themselves from the front of the room. As with most things in education, preparation is key to implementing the side-by-side assessment strategy.

CAST UDL Book Builder


CAST is a Massachusetts-based organization promoting UDL, or Universal Design for Learning. The UDL Book Builder is designed to present books created by educators in a way that is accessible to all, with a screen-reader and skill-building helpers built into the site. Pedro, Hall and Monty can be clicked on during the book to pose strategy-based questions related to the text and pictures. auditory comprehension UDL

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How shifting to a UDL mindset enhances Common Core

eSchool News

General education teachers have had to learn and apply new instructional strategies to address the new standards and the vision that the standards embody, particularly universal design for learning. Common Core Professional Development Special Education ccss professional development UDL Universal Design for LearningWhen special and general ed teachers collaborate, everyone benefits.

Choice Boards: Benefits, Design Tips & Differentiation

Catlin Tucker

Standards-aligned boards Strategy-specific boards Thematic boards Review and practice boards Project or performance task boards. Strategy-specific Choice Boards. Strategy-specific boards present learners with a variety of strategies to select from and can be used repeatedly.

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Playlists vs. Choice Boards: What is the difference?

Catlin Tucker

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Identify the desired results or the learning objectives Decide on an assessment strategy Create the learning path What do you want students to know, understand, or do at the end of this playlist? What assessment strategy will you use?

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Teacher Engagement Part III: Social Engagement with Students

Catlin Tucker

The goal is to keep feedback focused and actionable, so students can take the comment, suggestion, or strategy and use it to improve their work. These strategies are designed to create more time and space for connection around everyday tasks.

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Balance Instruction and Feedback with Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

Most teachers dedicate significant time and energy to their instructor role, explaining complex concepts and processes and modeling specific strategies and skills. Blended Learning Feedback Learning Online Learning Teacher Engagement Technology in the classroom UDL Videos

Free Conference! Design and Delivery in a Blended Learning Jungle

The CoolCatTeacher

You’ll learn strategies to help students use technology to support their writing goals with Christopher Bugaj. UDL and Reading Online. Jason Carroll will tackle helping us understand how to use UDL as we help every child become a successful reader. Tools and Strategies.

Promoting Literacy: Cultivate a Reading Culture

Catlin Tucker

Below are strategies and resources I’ve used to cultivate a reading culture in my classroom. My students found it tedious to write a summary every time they read, yet I needed a strategy to gain insight into their reading comprehension. Guest post written by Amy Tobener-Talley.

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Blended Learning: Design a Mini-playlist that Allows Students to Control the Pace of Their Learning

Catlin Tucker

After reading Catlin Tucker’s blog post, 5 Strategies to Engage Learners Around Flipped Instruction , I was inspired to reflect on and revise a mini-unit I designed focusing on the short film Alike by Daniel Martinez Lara and Rafa Cano Méndez.

4 frameworks to level up your lesson planning

Ditch That Textbook

I’ve found several strategies, tips and tricks to make lesson planning more meaningful and effective. Lesson planning Teaching dok ISTE standards lesson planning lesson plans revised blooms taxonomy udlIn the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s so easy to let our lesson plans move down our priority list. And when that happens, our classes can lack the impact they might have otherwise. Thankfully, there’s hope.

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Tips, Tricks and Tools to Build Your Inclusive Classroom Through UDL


Many educators know it as the building blocks behind Universal Design for Learning, or UDL. Developed by CAST , UDL is comprised of three guiding principles that seek to increase engagement and accessibility: Providing learners with multiple means of engagement; representation; and action and expression. UDL is not a special ed thing or even a general ed thing. UDL is not a special ed thing or even a general ed thing. Find ways to infuse UDL into learning activities.

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Personalizing Field Trips by Putting Students in Charge

Catlin Tucker

Even though I use a variety of strategies to scaffold the experience, such as pre-field trip research, scavenger hunts, and discussion, I still feel like I always fall short of my targeted objective. Blended Learning Guest Blog Learning Teaching Resources UDL

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The Station Rotation Model

Catlin Tucker

Depending on the grouping strategy a teacher uses, they should be thinking about how they can differentiate by adjusting their explanations, models, word choice, scaffolds, and supports to ensure every student can access the information or tasks presented.

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#InnovateInsideTheBox Instagram Book Study! (Starting January 22)

The Principal of Change

I am excited to announce that Katie Novak and I will be starting an Instagram book study on January 22, 2020, on my co-authored book, “ Innovate Inside the Box: Empowering Learners Through UDL and the Innovator’s Mindset.”

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Differentiating Instruction with Technology


It focuses on utilizing teaching strategies that provide students with multiple options for taking in and processing information, making sense of ideas, and then expressing their learning. It is the process by which teachers utilize a variety of tools and strategies to meet the needs of their diverse group of students. UDL Framework from CAST. UDL can help meet the needs of the widest range of student variability. Blog Rosey McQuillan #UDL

Making Equity Visible in Inclusive Classrooms


She offers four key strategies (with supporting resources) that align specifically with co-teaching strengths and student abilities. Classroom Equity Two Teachers in the Room change classroom organization diverse abilities Elizabeth Stein equity inclusive classroom participation Passion two teachers in the room UDLTo meet the learning needs of students with diverse abilities in inclusion classrooms, NBCT Elizabeth Stein suggests a focus on equity.

5 strategies to improve the learning experience for K12 students

eSchool News

Related: So you think you understand UDL? Here are five strategies that I use in my classroom, rooted in an Instructional Design Framework , that other teachers can use to bring powerful learner experiences to their classrooms. From retailers to restaurants, advances in user experience (UX) are transforming nearly every facet of our lives. Customer satisfaction is shaped by more than just the content, products, and transactions that take place.

Are You Co-Teaching or Just Taking Turns?


Co-Teaching Teams Two Teachers in the Room co-teaching Elizabeth Stein inclusion specialized instruction strategies two teachers in the room UDLToo often co-teaching teams simply take turns as they focus on general student needs, rather than blending their strengths to serve all the learners in the room. Co-teaching coach Elizabeth Stein shares some ideas and resources to build strong partnerships.

Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Engagement

Catlin Tucker

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that is based on a scientific understanding of how people learn. The goal of UDL is to design “barrier-free, instructionally rich learning environments and lessons that provide access to all students” (Nelson, 2).

How a Spoonful of Sugar Helped Our Book Study


Articles Reading 21st century classroom Amanda Xavier ISTE Mary Poppins reading strategies Rose Reissman UDL whole novels6th grade teacher Amanda Xavier was skeptical when colleague Rose Reissman suggested a Mary Poppins book study, but their multimedia approach was a hit. “If If a very old fashioned nanny can bring smiles and make modern kids sit up in class and take note, I say, ‘Cheerio’!”.

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When Education Is Designed for All Learners

ED Surge

Propping up her vigorous routine are the poles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the perfect blend of education technology, ensuring that everything keeps spinning along at the right pace and momentum. When I think about UDL, I want my students to have independence and autonomy.

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4 Trends to Watch in Education

Catlin Tucker

The CASLE Framework for SEL provides a concrete path for applying evidence-based SEL strategies to our students’ daily lives at school. UDL and Blended Learning. We explore how blended learning models can make implementing UDL more manageable and sustainable.

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Inclusion and Autism Spectrum Disorder


With recent studies showing a marked increase in students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, teacher Joanne Bell finds Inclusion and Autism Spectrum Disorder a helpful resource for understanding ASD and for finding effective strategies to support students. Denning environment eye on education inclusion Joanne Bell prevalence Routledge social skill UDL

Growing from the Contributions of the Learners in Our Classrooms

The Principal of Change

Currently, I am teaching a course with UPenn titled “Building a Strong Foundation for Universal Design for Learning and Innovation,” which is part of a UDL certificate program taught with my friend and colleague, Dr. Katie Novak. (

10 steps for making your online courses accessible for all students

eSchool News

According to a new report, incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in online courses not only benefits students with disabilities, but can have significant benefits for all students, ultimately increasing retention and improving learning outcomes. UDL is tough enough in a face-to-face environment, but the real challenge might be how to implement the principles in an online world where students’ abilities and learning styles differ drastically.

Tips for Awakening the Thinkers in Your Room


Coach and NBCT Elizabeth Stein provides tips to shift away from a behaviorist pedagogy and toward strategies that have students actively seeking knowledge and strengthening skills. Constructivist Thinking Two Teachers in the Room behaviorist pedagogy chunking cognitivist concept maps Depths of Knowledge Elizabeth Stein memory skills movement prior knowledge reciprocal teaching SEL two teachers in the room UDL