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Personalized
Learning

How leaders can apply the
Universal Design for Learning
framework to continuously
support personalized learning
By Bill Wilmot

F

or school leaders who support personalized
learning, a critical question is not whether
you'll do it, but how. How do we move from the
aspirational to the operational? How do we create
effective, learner-centered environments that leverage
individual differences rather than expunge them in
the pursuit of excellence?
If personalized learning is the destination,
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is the road
map-or better yet, the GPS device-that takes us
there. Based on research in cognitive psychology
and the learning sciences, UDL is a framework for
remaking the relationship among teachers, learners,
and curriculum.
Instead of focusing on "fixing" the "deficient"
learner, UDL practitioners concentrate on lesson
design to find and eliminate the barriers embedded in
educational materials, goals, assessments, instructional
methods, and learning environments, according to
Universal Design for Learning: Theory & Practice by CAST's
Anne Meyer, David H. Rose, and David Gordon. The
nonprofit organization's UDL Guidelines can help
identify obstacles in the curriculum and suggest ways to
lower those barriers by taking flexible approaches to:
„ The "why" of learning (keeping learners
engaged and motivated);
„ The "what" of learning (ways in which information is represented and delivered); and
„ The "how" of learning (the strategies
learners employ and the ways in which they
express themselves).

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Principal - September/October 2019

From the Editor
Snapshots
5 Things
Getting to Why
A Brighter Future for Personalized Learning
Models of Voice and Choice
When Rural Gets Personal
Research Roundup: The Personal Touch
New Sensation
The Language of Learning
Giving Back, Together
In the Spotlight
Practitioner’s Corner
Early Career
Raising the Bar
The Reflective Principal
Speaking Out
Parents & Schools
NAESP Partners & Advertiser Index
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Principal - September/October 2019 - From the Editor
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Snapshots
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Principal - September/October 2019 - 5 Things
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Getting to Why
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Principal - September/October 2019 - A Brighter Future for Personalized Learning
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Models of Voice and Choice
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Principal - September/October 2019 - When Rural Gets Personal
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Research Roundup: The Personal Touch
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Principal - September/October 2019 - New Sensation
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Principal - September/October 2019 - The Language of Learning
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Giving Back, Together
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Principal - September/October 2019 - In the Spotlight
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Practitioner’s Corner
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Early Career
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Raising the Bar
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Principal - September/October 2019 - The Reflective Principal
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