Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom

Practical Applications

Edited by Tracey E. Hall, Anne Meyer, and David H. Rose

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Clearly written and well organized, this book shows how to apply the principles of universal design for learning (UDL) across all subject areas and grade levels. The editors and contributors describe practical ways to develop classroom goals, assessments, materials, and methods that use UDL to meet the needs of all learners. Specific teaching ideas are presented for reading, writing, science, mathematics, history, and the arts, including detailed examples and troubleshooting tips. Particular attention is given to how UDL can inform effective, innovative uses of technology in the inclusive classroom.

“One of the most significant advances in education in the last 50 years has been the emergence of UDL. This book will undoubtedly become the source for teachers who want to know how to successfully integrate UDL into their instruction. It describes ways to dramatically transform learning for all students by bringing UDL principles into every aspect of the instructional process. Teachers, administrators, teacher educators, and school psychologists are sure to treasure this book.”

—Donald D. Deshler, PhD, Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education and Director, Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas

“An excellent resource for those seeking practical guidelines for applying UDL. The book provides a succinct explanation of UDL as a framework for curriculum and instruction, plus ideas for utilizing it in different content areas. An advantage of this book is its flexibility—educators can read it straight through or select specific chapters that meet their needs. This is a very readable source of essential information on UDL that will be useful for both classroom teachers and district-level personnel.”

—George Van Horn, EdD, Director of Special Education, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, Columbus, Indiana

“In a world where learner variability is the norm, Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom provides a realistic framework to help us confront challenges and expand opportunities for all of the students we serve.”

—Jon Mundorf, MEd, fifth-grade teacher, Calusa Park Elementary School, Collier County, Florida

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning: Questions and Answers, Tracey E. Hall, Anne Meyer, and David H. Rose sample

2. Tools for Practice: The Universal Design for Learning Guidelines, Scott Lapinski, Jenna W. Gravel, and David H. Rose

3. Reading Strategy Instruction, Universal Design for Learning, and Digital Texts: Examples of an Integrated Approach, David Gordon, C. Patrick Proctor, and Bridget Dalton

4. Transforming Writing Instruction with Universal Design for Learning, Ge Vue and Tracey E. Hall

5. Universal Design for Learning in the Science Classroom, Jeremy Forest Price, Mindy Johnson, and Michael Barnett

6. Universal Design for Learning in the Mathematics Classroom, Elizabeth Murray and Jacob Brookover

7. Doing History the Universal Design for Learning Way, Kristin H. Robinson and Anne Meyer

8. Universal Design for Learning and the Arts Option, Don Glass, Kati Blair, and Patricia Ganley

9. Universal Design for Learning “Unplugged”: Applications in Low-Tech Settings, David H. Rose, Jenna W. Gravel, and Yvonne Domings

10. Preparing Teachers to Implement Universal Design for Learning, Emiliano Ayala, Heather J. Brace, and Skip Stahl

About the Editors

Tracey E. Hall, PhD, is Senior Research Scientist at CAST, a not-for-profit research and development organization whose mission is to improve education for all learners through innovative uses of multimedia technology and contemporary research in the cognitive neurosciences. Dr. Hall has more than two decades of experience in the areas of curriculum-based measurement, teacher professional development, special-needs instruction and curriculum design, progress monitoring, and large-scale assessments. She has been a special education teacher, consultant, administrator, and university professor.

Anne Meyer, EdD, a clinical psychologist, is Chief of Education Design and Co-Founder of CAST. Her work focuses on psychological aspects of learning and learning disabilities and the design of multimedia technology for diverse learners. Dr. Meyer is a recipient of a Gold Medal from the National Association of Social Sciences. With her CAST colleagues, she is winner of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award for Innovation for the early literacy software program WiggleWorks.

David H. Rose, EdD, a developmental neuropsychologist, is Chief Education Officer and Co-Founder of CAST and has served on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than 25 years. With his CAST colleagues, Dr. Rose has received numerous awards, including the Computerworld/Smithsonian Award for Innovation in Education and Academia, the Tech Museum of Innovation Award, the LD Access Foundation Innovation Award, and the EdNET HERO Award. In 2004, the George Lucas Educational Foundation's Edutopia magazine named him one of education's "Daring Dozen."


Emiliano Ayala, PhD, is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education at Sonoma State University.

Michael Barnett, PhD, is Associate Professor of Science Education and Technology in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.

Kati Blair, EdM, is Education Program Manager at VSA Arts of Massachusetts.

Heather J. Brace, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Education and Child Development at Whittier College.

Jacob Brookover, EdM, was a software developer for CAST from 2009 to 2011.

Bridget Dalton, EdD, is Assistant Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education.

Yvonne Domings, EdM, is an Instructional Designer and Research Associate at CAST.

Patricia Ganley, MEd, manages the National Center on Universal Design for Learning, a CAST program, and is Senior Product Development Manager at CAST.

Don Glass, PhD, was a 2010–2011 UDL Fellow at CAST and Boston College.

David Gordon, MFA, is Director of Strategic Communications at CAST.

Jenna W. Gravel, EdM, is a doctoral student in the Education Policy, Leadership, and Instructional Practice program at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Tracey E. Hall, PhD, is Senior Research Scientist at CAST.

Mindy Johnson, EdM, is an Instructional Designer and Research Associate at CAST.

Scott Lapinski, MEd, is a Research Associate at CAST.

Anne Meyer, EdD, is Chief of Education Design and Co-Founder of CAST.

Elizabeth Murray, ScD, is Senior Research Scientist and Instructional Designer at CAST.

Jeremy Forest Price, PhD, is Postdoctoral Scholar at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley.

C. Patrick Proctor, EdD, is Assistant Professor of Bilingualism and Literacy at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education.

Kristin H. Robinson, MA, MPhil, is an Instructional Designer and Research Associate at CAST.

David H. Rose, EdD, is Chief Education Officer and Co-Founder of CAST and serves on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Skip Stahl, MS, is Senior Policy Analyst at CAST.

Ge Vue, EdM, is an Instructional Designer and Research Associate at CAST.


General and special educators in grades K–8, literacy specialists, school psychologists, administrators, teacher educators, and graduate students.

Course Use

May serve as a text in graduate-level courses and professional development seminars.