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  • Literacy Instruction for students with disabilities image
    The Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities web pages are organized around strategies for language comprehension and word recognition.  
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    The Meadows Center library contains research, guides, lessons, videos, online courses and more devoted to improving student success in schools.   
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    The Building Capacity in RtI website includes many resources for intervention for all students including students with disabilities. 
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    The Reading Rockets website includes research, guides and resources to support young readers.  
  • What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)?

     

    The basic premise within Universal Design for Learning is that flexibility in curriculum must be available to accommodate the diverse differences in student learners. Thus, the UDL framework encompasses three overarching principles that aim to minimize barriers and maximize learning.

    A universally designed curriculum includes:

    • multiple means of presentation to allow various ways of acquiring information and knowledge,
    • multiple means of expression to allow alternatives for demonstrating knowledge, and
    • multiple means of engagement to challenge appropriately, to motivate, and to allow learners to express and participate in their interests.


    How can UDL help educators in the classroom?

    Universal Design for Learning supports educators’ efforts to meet diversity in their
    classroom by providing flexible instructional materials, techniques, and strategies that
    help them differentiate instruction to meet these varied needs. It does this by providing
    options for:

    • Presenting information in different ways (the "what" of learning)
    • Differentiating the ways that students can express what they know (the "how" of
      learning)
    • Stimulating interest and motivation for learning (the "why" of learning)

    Students bring a huge variety of skills, needs, and interests to learning. Neuroscience
    reveals that these differences are as varied and unique as our DNA.

  • Universal Design for Learning Guidelines
  • The UDL Guidelines website image and link
    This website goes into detail about the different UDL Guidelines.  Explanations, and examples for each guideline and checkpoint are provided.  
    CAST website image and link
    The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. 
    Understood website image and link
    This chart describes the Difference Between UDL and Traditional Education.   
    Universal Design for Learning Tech Tool Kit image and link
    The UDL Tech Tool Kit website is a database of technology resources for use in a UDL classroom.  Resources include audio books, text to speech, graphic organizers, multimedia and digital story telling, study skills, literacy skills and more.   

IEP Goal Development in Texas Online Course 

The course focuses on the portion of the ARD process related to developing a student's Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP), using the PLAAFP to create enrolled grade level measurable annual academic goals, and progress monitoring. This training is a joint project of the Progress in the General Curriculum Statewide Network and Texas Education Agency,

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  • Cara Wyly
    Project Manager, Progress in the General Curriculum Network
    (210) 370-5413

 

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