I’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.