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Classrooms: Here Comes "Universal Design"

Principles_udMy latest article from the Harvard Education Letter, Bringing UDL into the Mainstream, is now up online (subscription required).

It describes how an approach called UDL (universal design for learning) has been spreading from individual classrooms, to schools, to districts, and now even to states (or at least a few of them) -- despite the lack of clear effectiveness research and the confusion between it and other popular reforms such as differentiated instruction and buying iPads.

Thanks to everybody who helped me get up to speed on this fascinating issue.  Any experiences or insights into UDL that you want to add, please do so in comments or on Twitter.

My Spring 2012 Harvard Ed Letter article (no subscription required) looked at the impact of NCLB waivers on special education programs and students (With the Rise of “Super Subgroups,” Concerns for Disabled Students Mount).

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Would appreciate a few links to sites w/o subscription requirements that address this issue. There seems to be a substantial amount of cheerleading and PD on UDL, but very little hard info on how it works out in real life, and what the results are.

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