Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

UDL is a framework for designing educational materials and environments that are accessible and effective for all learners, including those with disabilities, learning differences, and diverse cultural backgrounds.

UDL emphasizes three core principles (see headings below). The primary resource on all things UDL is the CAST UDL Guidelines interactive website.


brainMultiple Means of Engagement

Providing learners with opportunities to connect with content and maintain interest, motivation, and persistence through multiple pathways, such as through personal relevance, collaborative learning, or gamification.


brainMultiple Means of Representation 

Providing learners with various ways to access and understand information, such as through visual, auditory, and kinesthetic modes of learning.


brainMultiple Means of Action and Expression

Allowing learners to demonstrate what they know in various ways, such as through written or oral communication, multimedia presentations, or artistic expression.



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Click MoreThe SCRED Services Coordinators collaborate with many educators in our member districts in order to support UDL. They are a good first contact with questions about it; that said, virtually every certified staff at SCRED is a key contact regarding UDL. It’s universal, after all.

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