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This collection shares resources to help teachers modify or write new curricula that ensures all students are engaged, offered multiple ways to access information, and have options for how they demonstrate their learning. The resources shared here adhere to the principles of Understanding by Design (UbD) and the Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
articles to introduce key concepts in curricula writing, including a summary of Ubd, UdL and Differentiated Instruction (three key frameworks)
teacher-tested resources and strategies to ensure there are no barriers to student learning in your lessons
This document shares a summary of a few key approaches to writing curricula. The three models described are Understanding by Design (UbD), Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and Differentiated Instruction (DI).
This document explains the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) curricular framework and shares classroom resources and strategies to help teachers remove barriers to student learning. All of the resources have been tested and vetted by NYC DOE teachers.
This site shares five slides that sum up some of the most important components of ensuring your lessons are universally designed. Recommended for a quick overview of the key messages of Understanding by Design, and Universal Design for Learning.
Edutopia shares nine tips to craft transformational lessons through planning, mindfulness, and a commitment to shift away from educational approaches of the past. You can download a printable tip list for easy reference.
Through this series of activities, teachers will reflect on student needs, identify resources and strategies, and develop a Regents Prep plan. The activities in this agenda can be done consecutively in one session or used independently depending on the time you have to collaborate. From New Visions.
Train your teacher superpowers on the granular aspects of planning ahead for the new school year. This checklist, shared by Edutopia, offers some great tips for getting started. To read the full blog post, click this link.
One important component of Universal Design for Learning is ensuring students are given multiple options for accessing text. This “tech finder” tool shares ideas for apps or other programs teachers can use to make information more accessible to students.
CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. CAST offers a place to browse and build resources, lessons and collections that support instruction guided by the UDL principles.
Included find the Studio which allows anyone to make universally designed educational materials with levels of learning supports; the Exchange enables preK-12 educators to create, mix, and share instructional resources based on UDL and aligned to standards; and the Curriculum Self-Check guides you through the steps of making an existing lesson plan or assessment UDL ready. Users will need to create an account to access these resources.