Effective Practices in the Classroom and School

October 2011 A critical part of improving educational results for children with disabilities is using effective practices in the classroom and across the school. Special educators have built an impressive knowledge base across 30 years of experience individualizing instruction for children and administering special education and related services in our schools. NICHCY is pleased to make that knowledge base available to you, in the following … [Read more...]

Understanding Universal Design

September 2010 | Links updated, May 2013According to CAST, universal design is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.  Designing instruction with UDL in mind involves three main principles:Providing multiple means of RepresentationProviding multiple means of Action and ExpressionProviding multiple means of Engagement (National UDL Center, 2010)UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional … [Read more...]

“No Boundaries” Education

by Patricia K. Ralabate, Ed.D., Director of the National UDL Center, and David Gordon, Director of Communications at CAST and co-editor of A Policy Reader in Universal Design for Learning (with Jenna W. Gravel and Laura A. Schifter, Harvard Education Press, 2009). This post is adapted from disability.gov’s disability.blog.In reading and reflecting on Disability.Blog’s No Boundaries Employment Series, we are inspired by the many stories of individuals … [Read more...]

UDL: Creating a learning environment that challenges and engages all students

This online training module provides information on the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and examples of implementation in the classroom. It utilizes a case example to highlight goals, instructional materials and methods, and assessment considerations when implementing UDL. Developed by the IRIS Center for Training Enhancements. (Posted May 3, 2012)http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/udl/chalcycle.htm  … [Read more...]

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