Schools today are more diverse than ever, with students arriving in your classroom from very different backgrounds and with widely differing ability levels, interests and foundational skills. And the reality is, diversity isn't the exception, it's the rule!
It's critical to not lose sight of the fact that every student is a unique learner. And with that understanding comes the realization that a “one size fits all” curriculum just isn't sufficient to reach all children. To meet these challenges, Universal Design for Learning - or UDL - has emerged as an effective set of principles for curriculum development focused on giving all students equal opportunities to learn.
UDL provides a solid, proven approach that allows for the tailoring of goals, methods, materials and assessments to best serve each individual student.
The goal of the new Universal Design for Learning course in Exceptional Child is to introduce school staff to Universal Design for Learning, a set of principles for designing and implementing instruction that provides all students with equal opportunities to learn.
In this course, we'll explore:
About the Author
Carol Kosnitsky is a special education consultant with more than 30 years of experience in the field. A special education director for 20 years in New Hampshire and former president of the New Hampshire Association for Special Education Administrators, Ms. Kosnitsky provides consultation and professional development to schools districts nationwide on a range of topics designed to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. She is the author of “IEP Goals that Make a Difference: An Administrator's Guide to Improving the Process.”