Universal Design for Learning is an educational framework that has gained traction in BC for the last several years. UDL is a proactive approach that helps teachers address the needs of all of their diverse learners. For three years, SET-BC, through funding support from the BC Ministry of Education, facilitated the BC UDL project which placed technology solutions in classrooms around the province and created a UDL Learning Community to help teachers develop the knowledge and skills necessary to implement Universal Design for Learning strategies with all students. As a follow-up to that project, SET-BC is in the process of developing a web-based multimedia resource package that will serve BC educations in learning about, planning for, and implementing UDL strategies in their 21st century classrooms.
On Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at the SET-BC Provincial Centre, SET-BC regional and provincial consultants met with district support teachers implementing UDL strategies in their districts. At the meeting, were Tania Blak (Quesnel), Devon Grewal (Victoria), Sandra Jost (Victoria), Michelle Kaupp (Kelowna), and Sandy Magnussen (Sunshine Coast). The day was spent reviewing the content already written by SET-BC consultants and suggestions of possible directions to go and materials to include in the resource package. The input and feedback from the group was invaluable as they brought in practical perspectives of what UDL looks like in our schools.
The development of this resource package will continue through this school year and will include the participation of school teams from around the province.
To find out more information about the BC UDL Project that SET-BC supported, click here.
If you are or know of a teacher or a school that is implementing UDL and would like to participate by showcasing their efforts, have them contact firstname.lastname@example.org.