Study Finds Districts Buying Into Universal Design
But many education leaders still aren't sure what UDL is
State and district education leaders say they understand the importance of universal design for learning , and they spent federal stimulus money on putting that set of principles into practice, but some of them still aren't entirely sure what it is, according to a new study.
The principles of universal design for learning, or UDL—a relatively new approach to instruction—originally grew out the disability community. The study finds that many states and districts have embraced UDL's tenets, which call for presenting students with information and other content in different ways and giving them multiple options for showing their understanding of what they know. The approach is intended to help all students, not just those with disabilities.
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