Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - Oakland Schools Intiative

What is Universal Design for Learning?

"Universal Design for Learning (UDL) focuses on proactive 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:  

  • 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 is not dependent on technology.
    • UDL supports Common Core.
    • UDL is more than differentiated instruction.
    • UDL removes learning barriers in the curriculum.

    "Universal Design for Learning is a research-based framework for designing curricula - that is, educational goals, methods, materials, and assessments - that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. This is accomplished by simultaneously providing rich supports for learning and reducing barriers to the curriculum, while maintaining high achievement standards for all students." (CAST, 2011)

    UDL at a Glance Video

    UDL In 5 Minutes

  • What Does UDL Look Like?

UDL CCSS district reps use wallwisher.com to answer the question: "What Is UDL?" 

UDL Infographics

 UDL Glog

UDL Interactive Word Cloud

Click on a word in the word cloud to explore videos, websites, and other resources connected to Universal Design in classrooms

This UDL overview was created by the Oakland Schools Universal Design for Learning-Common Core Curriculum (UDL-CCC) team. The Oakland Schools UDL-CCC team works to bring the principles of Universal Design for Learning into the common core curriculum units and lessons  The team is represented by Oakland Schools consultants from Learning Services, Special Education and representatives from local districts.

Subpages (1): UDL Glossary