No more spray and pray for educators in the Wayzata Public School District in Plymouth, Minnesota.
Carole Ries, an OT and Assistive Technologist says. “As educators we know we have to do more than stand up and give lectures in the front of the class and hope students will learn the required material.”
Using the framework of Universal Design for Learning or UDL, Carole and colleagues implemented a school-wide model of delivering accessible instruction materials by marrying the curriculum with technology.
“I have worked with students for over 20 years in both the Midwest and the East coast. It’s clear to me that our students’ learning styles are very diverse. The question is… How do we reach and teach every student who is unique and has individual needs? One answer is Universal Design for Learning; an excellent framework to guide our preparation of lesson plans, select textbook material, set up our classrooms, evaluate software and collaborate with others. Best of all, we can serve many types of students to help them become more successful and lifelong learners.”
Read about Wayzata’s UDL model in our Case Studies & Research library for insight from several teachers and specialists in regard to actual classroom teaching methods.
Then take a look at our SHIFT professional development materials that will help you plan your UDL program.