The Basics of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in K-12 Settings
Goals, methods, materials and assessments are the cornerstones of good instruction, especially for a diverse classroom. Our classrooms are made up of students who come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, socio-economic settings and possess a multitude of abilities. As educators, we should be providing flexible options and multiple ways for our students to absorb process and show information. Come learn about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) which is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all students equal opportunities to learn. Universal Design for Learning is concept developed from CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology) that provides a structure/framework to support various educational initiatives for ALL students, regardless of ability.
Kirk was the Director of Technical Assistance for the National Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Center at CAST where he supported the delivery of universal, targeted and intensive technical assistance and learning opportunities regarding accessible educational materials and accessible technologies within the United States and abroad. Kirk has presented nationally and internationally on Assistive Technology (AT), Web Tools and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for over 25 years. His passion is helping to facilitate excellence in learning for all, whether it is in a classroom, lecture hall or presentation room. His greatest accomplishment was the development and implementation of the “Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP)” at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Kirk holds a Master’s degree from Temple University in Education/Special Education, a credential as an Assistive Technology Professional from the Rehabilitation and Engineering Society of North America (RESNA) and a Certificate in Assistive Technology Applications from the University College of Dublin, Ireland. He was the former Lead for the Texas Assistive Technology Network at Region 4 Education Service Center.