Sharing the spirit..

On this eve of Martin Luther King day, it seems so fitting to share this blog post. Today I made the wise choice to see the movie "Blind Side". As this story begin to unfold and throughout, I was reminded of why I am a passionate advocate for the importance of an educational framework such as universal design for learning. One that encourages multiple ways to teach and encourage connections to the material, multiple ways to allow individuals to demonstrate what they know, and multiple ways to en...
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Considering a UDL form of assessment – vocational evaluation

Several articles have addressed the importance of universal design for learning (UDL) and assessment, taking the direction of how these approaches are designed and delivered to reach all learners. However, if we think about the three principles of UDL -- multiple means of representation, multiple means of expression, and multiple means of engagement -- we actually move beyond just consideration of the access issues. Vocational evaluation (VE) and assessment are examples of assessment approaches...
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UDL Principle #2: Provide multiple opportunities for learners to demonstrate what they know

Recently I had the opportunity to talk with a parent of one of my past college students -- a very talented young graphic designer. As we chatted, I learned about how a natural aptitude for art emerged in this youngster when she was merely 3 years old. Her father noted that she was drawing three dimensional drawings that included unique and defining dimensions. As he conveyed, this talent continued to grow and she found this medium an important way to demonstrate how she interpreted the world. Ye...
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