UDL Extended Workshop
The UDL Extended Workshop is a blended learning experience: combining real-time presentations and conversations in three Zoom sessions, alternating with self-paced work in a LearnDash LMS environment. Over the course of 9 weeks you are guided through a process designed to enhance your teacher skills and to deepen your understanding of inclusive practices. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that supports the design of accessible, inclusive, and challenging learning environments. UDL can be used to improve instructional practices in a classroom, school, or another context. In this workshop, you will be asked to use Universal Design for Learning Principles to design enhancements to your current instructional practices.
In this workshop, you are offered the opportunity and support to:
- Increase your understanding of the UDL principles,
- Assess your current instructional practices against UDL principles,
- Design an Action Plan to enhance your instruction practices,
- Implement your plan and document the impact on student outcomes,
- Contribute to a growing professional knowledge base of what works in addressing the needs of diverse, all-too-often marginalized, student populations.
- Earn 20 clock hours of professional development.
We expect this extended workshop will enable you to use and share this process with your colleagues and continue to use it into the future.
A week-by-week outline of the UDL Workshop:
(Note: as part of the registration process you will be provided a short reading and asked to articulate expectations for the workshop.)
Week 1 – Explore UDL: A live 2-hour Zoom session provides information regarding the research support for UDL and the underlying UDL principles and introduces a process for selecting and unpacking a learning standard applicable to your instructional responsibilities.
Week 2 – Examine Your Practice: Working at you own pace (i.e., asynchronously), the protocol guides you through a process of “observing” your instructional practices, inclusive practices, student accessibility, and interactions as they relate to the UDL principles and guidelines. Also working asychronously, you are guided through a process for analyzing your observations and other data to identify one or more UDL areas that your learnings suggest will likely improve student outcomes.
Week 3 – Select/Unpack a Learning Standard: Again, working asynchronously, you will select, unpack, and work through a set of guiding questions in preparation for the second Zoom session.
Week 4 – Deepen UDL Understanding: This second, live 2-hour Zoom session outlines a step-by-step approach to setting SMART goals, and designing lessons and units of instruction aligned with the UDL guidelines.
Week 5 – Design a Plan to Implement UDL: Once again working at your own pace, you are guided through a process of brainstorming practice enhancements, identifying patterns, creating a positive vision of what success looks like, and developing an action plan to achieve the vision.
Weeks 6-7 – Implement the Plan: Within this three-week time frame, you will select from a set of tools and strategies to document implementation of the plan and assess the impact on student outcomes. Prompts and focus questions will assist you preparing a summary report of what happened and any refinements/adjustments that you might consider incorporating in the future.
Week 8 – Reflecting on the Learnings. During this final, one-hour live Zoom session you are invited to share the results of your UDL experience with a focus how it has enhanced your practice as well as insights the course facilitators might consider for improving future UDL Extended Workshops.
(Note: upon completion of the course work, WEA will be notified. They will send an end-of-course evaluation and process clock hour certificates.)