100Kin10 Project Team: Using Universal Design to Improve Elementary Math Instruction (2020)

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that uses brain science to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all learners (CAST UDL Guidelines).

UDL has proven to be especially useful for students who have been identified as having learning challenges. The goal of instruction with UDL is that learners develop expertise, not only in the subject matter, but more importantly in understanding how they learn. Eschewing the notion of a typical learner, UDL pushes educators and learners to practice multiple means of engagement with, and communication of, expertise content. This project will connect elementary school educators (math generalists) and secondary math educators (math specialists) to create professional development guidelines focused on using UDL to support students in becoming “mathematical thinkers,” and improve math instruction at the elementary and secondary levels. 

This project addresses the foundational math catalyst, a 100Kin10 priority area. Learn more here