My first run in with UDL was before I even heard the term UDL. I was sitting at a meeting basically listening to staff, “He doesn’t...”, “He can’t ...”, “He is choosing to/ not to...”, and my personal favorite, “He won’t ...”. I wasn’t buying it. I had just read Ross Greene’s book, Lost at School, and I knew in my heart and mind what Dr. Greene said was true. “Kids do well if they can.” That was the moment I was sure that I was going to do all I could to get myself the kind of education he deserved, and I knew I wanted to work for all those kids who didn’t have someone on their side advocating for them.
I took some classes and began hearing and learning about UDL, and I liked what I heard. I began trying out some ideas and thinking this is good. Then last year I took a workshop on Memory, learning and the Brain, and things began to really click. I followed that up by joining the newly forming Design Learning Team in my district, and devoted three days at the CAST Symposium 2018: Empowering Learners, learning how important it is to empower students in their own learning, and being inspired by educators, and administrators doing this work.
Most recently I completed an Online course, “Universally Designing the PreK through 2nd grade classroom” through Novak Education. So many great ideas modeled and learned and I began creating and compiling tools that I Could use within the classroom to increase accessibility for my learners.