Universal Design for Learning

Think about it...in a classroom of diverse learners, there is no single method of instruction that can meet the needs of all learners.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for designing curricula that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. UDL provides rich supports for learning and reduces barriers to the curriculum while maintaining high achievement standards for all.

UDL definitions
Principles of UDL

UDL supports teachers' efforts to address student diversity by providing flexible instructional materials, techniques, and strategies that help teachers differentiate instruction. This is accomplished by providing learners options for:

  • Multiple means of representation, to give learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge.
  • Multiple means of action and expression, to provide learners alternatives for demonstrating what they know
  • Multiple means of engagement, to tap into learners' interests, offer appropriate challenges, and increase motivation.

The three networks of the brain
Recent research on the brain and learning identified three strategic networks associated with learning. There are many ways to connect to these networks through instructional approaches, including:

  • Recognition Network: Graphic Organizers, Podcasts, DIgital Text, Digital Media
  • Strategic Network: Diigo, Google Notebook and Earth, Flip Video, Voice Thread, Podcasts
  • Affective Network: Choice, challenge, relevance, interest, engaging


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Professional Development
Stay tuned for upcoming professional development opportunities.

Meet the St. Clair RESA UDL Team

  • Jennifer Allen, Port Huron Schools
  • Kristin Day, RESA
  • Brenda Tenniswood, RESA
  • Jim Licht, St. Clair TEC
  • Rachel Verschaeve, RESA
  • Joe Zima, RESA