Featured Resources

Located in Learning Designed, a digital learning space place to connect with a community of educators and resources to prepare today's learners for our fast-changing world, these resources have been curated around our monthly topics.

May: Writing

This month's tool provides educators with templates and an infographic on different types of rubrics that designers can use to represent learning expectations.

April: Meaning Making

Meaning Making
In this month's resource, a master teacher conducts a lesson on poetry in a diverse 5th grade classroom, applying the principles of UDL. Classroom scenes are intercut with those of a panel of UDL experts reflecting on the unfolding lesson. This resource will support educators to will gain not only practical knowledge from this video, but a better understanding of the conceptual framework of UDL.

March: Literacy Across Disciplines

Literacy Across Disciplines
This month's resource will support educators to effectively implement the principles of UDL in a literacy-based classroom and leverage the power of student agency in determining methods of engagement with, and in response to, the curriculum.

February: Self-Reflection

This month's resource is a brief overview of the concept of metacognition. This video can help educators introduce the concept of metacognitive thinking to students. The relevance of metacognitive thinking is articulated in seven questions aimed at students.

January: Expert Learning

Expert Learners
This month's compilation is comprised of five resources in support of students becoming expert learners. The first resource includes a video from Katie Novak about developing expert learners for the 21st century. The second resource offers a summary of how the components of being an expert learner align with the UDL principles. The third resource includes five quick tips for becoming expert learners. The fourth resource offers implementation information from an instructional specialist. The fifth resource is a blog post that provides more tips for fostering expert learners in the classroom.

December: Options

Lesson Spotlight: Options for Response
Options are designed in response to anticipated barriers to learning. They should be carefully considered in lesson design to support access to learning and content.

November: Barriers

How to Break Down Barriers to Learning with UDL
Barriers are places where learners may get stuck in a lesson. Identifying barriers is essential to designing and facilitating equitable learning environments.

October: Goal-Setting

Top 10 UDL Tips for Developing Learning Goals
Goals are the foundation of any effective learning experience — whether it is a face-to-face class, a remote learning opportunity, or other kind of learning interaction. When we clarify what we want learners to accomplish, then we can select flexible assessments, methods, and materials that effectively support that goal.

September: Mindset

Innovation, Growth Mindset and Inquiry Utilizing UDL
This resource is an open house/playground that focuses on tools and strategies based on Growth Mindset (Carol Dweck), Innovator’s Mindset (Couros), and Dive Into Inquiry (MacKenzie).

Growth Mindset: The Early Grades
Early elementary educators introducing and teaching the concept of Growth Mindset will find a wealth of resources in this diverse collection.

August: Assessment

The Assessment Playbook: A UDL Approach
This Playbook supports K–12 educators in planning and implementing assessments in order to inform the design of instruction. Effective design and implementation of assessments help ensure that all students are able to grow and develop as learners—so they are empowered to build on their strengths and improve on areas of challenge.