At Greenland Elementary, 4th graders are participating in a pilot project in a space that utilizes Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.
What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)?
Universal Design began in architecture and urban planning. Features like ramps and automatic doors were designed to provide access to people with physical disabilities, but actually enable access to everyone. Imagine pushing a stroller, wheelchair or luggage cart, and the value of curb ramps becomes apparent.
UDL takes the concept of improved access for everyone, and applies it to teaching methods, curriculum materials, and classroom arrangements. Students come to the classroom with a variety of needs, skills, talents, interests and experiences. The goal is to provide all students equal opportunities to learn, by encouraging teachers to design flexible curriculum, and by creating a physical environment that allows for personalized learning.
The pictures below show how students are able to work in small groups, larger groups, independently, or with a teacher. We’ll be adding more photos in the weeks ahead, so check back!