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Universal Design for Learning (UDL)  

What is Universal Design for Learning?

"Universal Design for Learning (UDL) focuses on design and delivery of curriculum, instruction and assessment that provides a full and fair opportunity for every student to learn and show what they know, with high expectations for all learners."  (UDL-CCC, 2011)


There are three Guiding Principles of UDL:  

Click on a principle title to access additional information.

UDL Essential Statements  
  • UDL is for ALL learners.

  • UDL is flexible and responsive.

  • UDL is empowering and supportive.

  • UDL is not just strategies....it is a way of thinking, planning and delivering instruction.

  • UDL recognizes the power of technology but it is not dependent on technology.

  • UDL supports Common Core.

  • UDL is more than differentiated instruction.

  • UDL removes learning barriers in the curriculum.

Videos that Explain UDL  


 UDL at a Glance


 UDL in 5 Minutes


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PLN4UDL Blog Posts  

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:10:29 -0400

We have joined the Twittersphere! We are, of course, @pln4udl. Please follow us and help us grow our network.

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:52:30 -0400

On November 6th and 7th Oakland Schools is going to be the place to be! The PLN4UDL army will be hosting a two day UDL series. The first day, November 6th, we will have Katie Novak leading a workshop in the basics of UDL. Katie is author of UDL Now!: A Teacher’s Monday-Morning Guide to [...]

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:36:46 -0400

Recently I  was asked by my friend, colleague, and the always dapper educator Les Howard if  I would join his  podcast and talk about UDL. It took me all of  30 seconds to say ‘YES’! It wasn’t until I was walking away that I began to feel nervous. What would I say? How could I [...]

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:08:13 -0400

Happy Summer everyone! I hope you have all had time to recharge your creative batteries and spend some time with family and friends. I don’t want to be the harbinger of the looming start of school but I wanted to let you know about a great resource from CAST that is FREE! Yep, I said [...]

Wed, 04 Jun 2014 18:26:34 -0400

The third resource in the Important Links block will take you to Katie Novak’s blog. Katie is a strong advocate for UDL and has recently published a book titled, “UDL Now! A Teacher’s Monday Morning Guide to Implementing Common Core Standards using Universal Design for Learning.” Katie currently serves as the Coordinator of the Reading [...]

About this Site  

This website is maintained by the Oakland Schools Universal Design for Learning (UDL) team. The Oakland Schools UDL team works to bring the principles of Universal Design for Learning to teachers and classrooms throughout Oakland County. The team is made up of Oakland Schools consultants from Learning Services and Special Education as well as representatives from local districts.


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