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EEC101: Introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Variability in the Learning Context: Using UDL to Improve Achievement for English Language Learners (ELLs)

online course
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Monday, February 1 – Sunday, March 6, 2016

This course is appropriate for any K-12 educator with ELL students in his or her classes.


This facilitated online course is one of three courses designed to help participants apply UDL to broaden the reach of Sheltered English Immersion lessons (based on the WIDA language standards) to address the varied needs of ELLs in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This mini-course will focus on the intersections between UDL and SIOP. This course has been designed to align with the “Explore” phase in the UDL implementation process. This phase is characterized by an overview of the theoretical basis of UDL and an investigation of key UDL and ELL policy implications.

In this course, participants will:

  • Be provided with an overview of the theoretical basis of UDL.
  • Identify how knowledge and skills are determined by the interaction of individual variability and the learning context and how language and culture impact learner variability.
  • Explain how the UDL framework helps educators address learner variability, including variability attributable to language and culture.
  • Investigate and define at least one U.S. or state policy that addresses how UDL relates to instruction for ELLs with and without disabilities.

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