Universal Design for Learning: The Language of Collaborative 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 identify how to apply the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework as a common lens for collaborative team planning. UDL applies to all learners and all learning environments.

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. Types of Collaboration

    1. Types of Collaboration

    Chapter One defines the continuum of collaboration. An explanation of the five types of co-teaching in the collaborative environments will be presented.

  2. Characteristics of Effective Collaborative Teams

    2. Characteristics of Effective Collaborative Teams

    Chapter Two describes the common characteristics of effective collaborative teams and their relationship with the UDL Guidelines.

  3. Applying UDL to Collaborative Planning

    3. Applying UDL to Collaborative Planning

    Chapter Three illustrates ways to apply UDL to collaborative planning. Upon completion, participants will review key learning materials with reflective questions to ask.