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ls of
ce & Choice

Personalized
Learning

Recognize teachers' diverse experiences
when implementing Universal Design
for Learning strategies
By Katie Novak

O

ne warm, windy day in 1996, my high
school biology teacher gave the class
an assignment that would change my
perspective on education forever. Teaching a
unit on the circulatory system, he mixed things
up: Instead of requiring a test or report to show
what we knew, we were offered the voice and
choice to show him what we learned in whatever way we wanted.
I teamed up with a friend and got creative.
We spent a full day perfecting our project. The
following week, we dressed in red from head to
toe and rapped the lyrics to our new song, "What
Is Blood?" to the class. I still remember the lyrics-and all of the characteristics of blood. What
might have gone in one ear and out the other has
stuck with me for decades.
Today, I know that the principles behind that
assignment are those now endorsed by federal
legislation to ensure equity for all students:
Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

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Promoting Equitable Learning

An educational framework built upon decades
of research on the relationship between learning
and the brain, UDL allows educators to remove
barriers to learning by offering voice and choice.
When we provide students with such agency, we
allow them to be more engaged and creative,
providing a platform for more meaningful,
deeper learning that is culturally sustaining and
linguistically appropriate. This, in turn, produces
education that's more equitable and inclusive.
UDL recognizes that students come from
diverse backgrounds and have diverse learning
needs, or "variability." When we design flexible
lessons and offer multiple means of engagement,
representation, and action and expression, we
can create "expert learners"-students who
are purposeful and motivated, resourceful and
knowledgeable, strategic and goal-directed.
As with students, there is considerable variability among educators, and implementing

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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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