“Universal Design for Learning is one of the few big and truly transformative ideas to emerge in education over the past two decades.” – Martha L. Minow, Harvard Law School dean and civil-rights advocate
In the 1990s, Anne Meyer, David Rose, and their colleagues at CAST introduced universal design for learning (UDL), a framework to improve teaching and learning based on new insights from the learning sciences and creative uses of digital technologies. UDL has grown into an international reform movement with the aim of improving and optimizing education for all learners.
In this book, Meyer and Rose, along with David Gordon, provide the first comprehensive presentation of UDL principles and practices since 2002. Drawing on more than a decade of research and implementation, this book includes contributions from CAST's research and implementation teams as well as from many of their collaborators in schools, universities, and research settings.
Universal Design for Learning: Theory & Practice includes:
• Research-based insights on learner differences and how human variability plays out in learning environments
• What it means for students, educators, and educational systems to develop expertise
• First-hand accounts and examples of implementation across grades and subjects using the UDL Guidelines
• “Dig Deeper” segments that enrich the main content
• Access to dozens of original videos, illustrations, and online features
• Opportunities to participate in a community of practice
Anne Meyer, Ed.D., and David H. Rose, Ed.D., are co-founders of CAST, where since 1984 they have led innovative, award-winning projects in multimedia curriculum design. They are the primary authors of the universal design for learning (UDL), an educational framework which now influences educational policy and practice throughout the world. Dr. Rose has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than 30 years.
David Gordon, CAST's communications director, is an education journalist and the editor of several books about education.