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This Toolkit was developed by CAST through a Subcontract Agreement with the Access Center: Improving Outcomes for All Student K-8 at the American Institutes for Research. This work was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (Cooperative Agreement #H326K02003).

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What is the UDL Training Guide Toolkit?

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for curriculum design that fosters access to learning for everyone. Based in research about the learning brain and the development of new digital media, UDL helps identify and remove barriers from teaching methods and curriculum materials, enabling each student to engage with learning and to progress. UDL addresses each learner’s unique needs, background and interests by supporting customized methods, materials, and assessments.

The UDL Toolkit is designed to support professional development providers and other educators conducting workshops in Universal Design for Learning by providing resources for face-to-face training sessions and ongoing follow-up support. The toolkit includes background and core UDL concepts, examples of UDL applied in classrooms, and guidance and tools for understanding and applying UDL in practice. The toolkit contains slides and guidance for providing interactive training sessions in UDL, including tools, templates, and resources that can be used online or downloaded, and links to other educators engaged in UDL work.

To get the most out of the UDL Toolkit, read "Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age", the foundation text on Universal Design for Learning and log into MY TES to use interactive tools and to save, revise, and share your work.

What can I do here?

  • Learn about UDL concepts and related brain and media research
  • Personalize UDL by applying it to your students, curriculum, and school or district
  • Find UDL resources to use in the classroom or in a teacher workshop
  • See how others have applied UDL in the classroom
  • Download or locate Web-based materials for use in your own UDL presentations:
    • PowerPoint® slides of UDL presentations
    • HTML files of UDL presentations
    • UDL presentation located on the CAST Toolkit Website
    • UDL presentation guide (doc)

What Does The Toolkit Include?

  • Procedures
    The steps and key UDL-based concepts of this toolkit. They tell you what to do and how to do it.
  • Examples
    Classroom applications of the toolkit and guidance in applying UDL in your classroom. Examples may include case stories, model instructional units, and/or model lessons.
  • Resources
    Further information, tools, templates, and related materials via online links and downloads.
  • Share
    Connects you with others engaged in related work.



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