Why does a leader need to be knowledgable about and apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in their own practice? There are many scientific reasons why UDL works. There are also many peer reviewed pieces that will illustrate its instructional relevance. But there are also very practical reasons why administrators need to become knowledgable about UDL and incorporate the principles in their leadership lives. Did you know…
- Universal Design for Learning is a component of the 2015 The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and incorporated into Title I Part A, Title II, and Title IV.
- Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework for reducing barriers and maximizing learning opportunities for all students, is referred to explicitly in the 2016 U.S. Department of Education’s National Education Technology Plan.
- The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 emphasizes that pre-service training through teacher education programs incorporate instruction on strategies consistent with UDL.
- If renewing a professional level license with an expiration date that falls on or after July 1 2016, you must have at least 15 PDPs related to training in strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles (UDL counts towards this requirement).
- UDL is a key part of DESE’s Multi Tiered System of Support Blueprint.
- UDL is a part of the new educator evaluation model (Guidebook of Inclusive Practice).
- UDL is as part of a state sponsored professional development program under Maine Improving Schools Professional Development Series.
- UDL is included in language related to assistive technologies for Maine State Teacher Quality Action Plan.
- UD is highlighted in Maine State Plan for Assistive Technology.
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