UDL in 15 Minutes. Where educators share their implementation of Universal Design for Learning with host Loui Lord Nelson.
110: After 14 years of co-teaching together, UDL changed up how they approached lesson development and instruction
Co-teachers Kyanne Obrock and Carrie McSwain share how they saw a significant increase in student effort and motivation when they started designing lessons that shifted from planning for individual students to planning for learner variability. They created a learning environment where students worked individually, in groups, and checked-in at prescribed time so they could receive individualized feedback.
109: Principal Gayle Hines excites and entices her staff to learn about UDL - and they love it!
Gayle Hines, principal at Matoaca Middle School in Richmond, Virginia, shares how she prepares her staff to learn about UDL and the strategies she uses to make UDL PD effective and enticing to her staff.
108: Beth Stark and Jérémie Rostan introduce us to LUDIA, an AI UDL thought partner
Beth Stark and Jérémie Rostan, the co-creators of the AI tool LUDIA, share how educators can use the process of “tell, tinker, tweak, and transfer” to enhance their journey with Universal Design for Learning. We dispel common myths about AI and listeners will walk away with clear next steps to use LUDIA as part of their toolbox.
107: How Doug Smith and colleagues use UDL to design adaptive PE environments
Doug Smith, an adapted physical education specialist, discusses his journey with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and how he applies it in his work. During our conversation, he explains that adapted physical education is required by law for students who have difficulty accessing the physical education curriculum. Doug emphasizes the importance of creating an engaging environment, modifying the physical space, and establishing a predictable schedule to support all learners. He also shares his three big E’s as a way he’s introduced UDL to his colleagues.
106: Creating safe, inclusive, power-sharing learning spaces in higher education
Kade Friedman, an adjunct professor at New York University, shares their journey in education and how they use UDL to create inclusive learning spaces for adults. They discuss the importance of using UDL not only in teaching students, but also in designing courses and facilitating meetings. Kade emphasizes the value of sharing power with students and colleagues, providing choices and options, and acknowledging and addressing their emotional needs. They also highlight the benefits of using collective note-taking and assigning roles in meetings and classrooms. Kade encourages educators to consider affinity groups and honor diverse cultures and languages in their teaching and interactions.
105: Using a combination of UDL, shared unit planning, and a focus on Power Standards to help Middle School students build their executive functioning skills
Shannon Costley and Megan Babb discuss how they have used a combination of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), shared unit planning, and a focus on Power Standards to guide their middle school learners back to the face-to-face classroom after the pandemic shutdown.
So grateful for Loui’s voice and her desire to amplify the voices of others leading the way in UDL. Thanks for providing another option for helping us stay inspired and share more about how to reach all learners.
If only it were longer...
Loui does a great job of interviewing UDL experts and connecting their experiences to the larger UDL framework. This podcast is a wonderful resource for those that are looking for fresh ideas on how to design classroom lessons that reach all learners.
Great podcast for educators
This is a great podcast for anyone educating K-12 or post secondary. Discussion is practical and applicable for all. Looking forward to future episodes!