Oak Foundation Invests $1 Million in UDL Credentialing, Certification Effort
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Oak Foundation has awarded CAST and the UDL Implementation and Research Network (UDL-IRN) $1 million over three years in support of efforts to create the Universal Design for Learning Certification and Credentialing Initiative (UDL-CCI).
CAST and the UDL-IRN launched the field-change initiative in 2016 to stimulate and sustain best practices in education program design, product development, and classroom instruction. Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, is a research-based framework for developing student-centered environments. With the UDL-CCI, the partners are working to promote the adoption and use of the UDL framework to build capacity for personalized learning.
Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, is a research-based framework for developing student-centered environments. With the UDL-CCI, the partners are working to promote the adoption and use of the UDL framework to build capacity for personalized learning. Key goals for the overall initiative include:
- Build up a library of learning resources and a global community through an online platform, Learning Designed, to launch in beta form in the Fall, 2018.
- Develop and field test general and role-specific credentials to qualify individual educators in applying UDL to curriculum design and classroom teaching.
- Develop and test credentials to certify education technology developers and local education agencies and/or schools as examples of UDL best practices.
- Create a scalable, sustainable business model for Learning Designed, which will house the certification and credentialing programs.
About CAST: Founded in 1984, CAST is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform education design and practice until learning has no limits. Learn more at cast.org. CAST—Until Learning Has No Limits®
About UDL-IRN: The UDL Implementation & Research Network (IRN) was founded in 2010 as a grassroots non-profit supporting global innovation and UDL implementation. Learn more at udl-irn.org
About Oak Foundation: Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.