Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach or framework that helps students own their learning.  It is based on years of research on neuroscience and learning.  In this framework, educators acknowledge the uniqueness of every student - their unique strengths, needs, backgrounds, and skills.  In doing that, we can start removing barriers to learning and make learning more accessible. 

Starting along the UDL pathway is a journey.  While it can occur overwhelming, there are plenty of starting points and resources to support your work.  The goal of this module is to provide an overview of UDL and some helpful resources to get you started.

Universal Design for Learning Guidelines

Starting the path toward a universally designed classroom or school can seem daunting.  The chart below provides a way to get started with universally designing your classroom or school.  These are some starting points and strategies that educators can try with their students.  For more information, check out the video in the Additional Resources called Embracing UDL Part 1 at the 50-minute mark.Universal Design for Learning Guidelines
For an interactive page with more detail:
Interactive UDL Guidelines Page
This site provides more details and ideas for developing the areas above.
Key Questions for UDL Planning
UDL Progression Rubric
This is a rubric for teachers that provides a clear pathway towards the UDL guidelines.  This is a great tool for self-reflection and feedback.
An overview of UDL

In this video, we review what UDL is, some key ideas, and address some common misunderstandings.

Additional Resources

DoE Learning Modules

Student Voice & Choice


Embracing UDL Part 1 (WGBH Education) - start around 12:00

UDL Playbook for School and District Leaders (CAST)


9 UDL Resources Teachers Should Know About

Differentiating between UDL and Differentiated Instruction


UDL Now!

UDL Playbook for District Leaders