UDL in Practice · Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

UDL Love for English Learners (ELs)

vintage-4052203_1920 (1).jpgI’m guessing that any reader of this blog knows that I often find myself reflecting on the ways we can find Universal Design for Learning (UDL) popping up in our daily lives, a phenomenon I always find both intriguing and reassuring.  Truly, if UDL speaks so clearly to me across so many areas of real life, then I feel reassured that the time I spend asking myself and my students in professional development to try on the challenges of UDL must be worth it in the long run.

One area that I believe is screaming out for some UDL love is the land of English Learners (EL) or English as a Second Language (ESL).  With my colleague Sarah Jordan, EL instructor at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School, I have had many thought-provoking conversations about the limitations often found in current EL practice.  Sarah and I presented at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference on “Using Technology to Strengthen ELL Instruction through UDL” in December 2019.  This weekend, we were notified that our co-authored article, Bringing Universal Design for Learning to Bear on the Sheltered Instruction Strategies, was published in the Fall 2019-2020 edition of MATSOL Currents.  We hope you enjoy the article!  Long live the UDL Kool-Aid!

Many thanks to Sarah Jordan, who loves talking about language learning almost as much as I love talking about UDL.

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