Step-by-Step: Applying Universal Design for Learning to Your Planning

presented by Patti Kelly Ralabate

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a conceptual framework based on neuroscience and learning science research that guides instructional design. Applicable for all ages, it is especially effective in addressing learner variability (i.e., anticipated differences and diversity among all learners) by engaging learners, offering multiple ways to access and understand information, and providing choice in how learners express what they know. The purpose of this course is to illustrate how to take full advantage of how the brain learns during a typical therapy or instructional session by applying the six steps of the UDL lesson planning process.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Patti Kelly Ralabate, Ed.D.

    Dr. Patricia Kelly Ralabate is a nationally recognized leader on effective instructional design for all learners. Building on 25 years as a speech-language pathologist, nine years as the National Education Association (NEA) Senior Policy Analyst for special and gifted education, and four years at CAST leading implementation and professional learning projects, Dr. Ralabate offers three MedBridge online courses focused on understanding and applying the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework in clinical and educational settings. In addition to teaching for the George Washington University and CAST, she creates dynamic resources and texts for educators, including authoring Your UDL Lesson Planner: The Step-by-Step Guide to Teaching All Learners and co-authoring Culturally Responsive Design for English Learners: The UDL Approach.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. The Neuroscience of Teaching

    1. The Neuroscience of Teaching

    Chapter One offers a brief review of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and an overview of the neuroscience and learning science that guides effective instruction.

  2. UDL Lesson Planning Process

    2. UDL Lesson Planning Process

    In this chapter, we will discuss the six-step UDL lesson planning process with examples.