UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING (UDL) is a framework for designing curricula that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for learning. UDL provides rich supports for learning and reduces barriers to the curriculum while promoting high achievement standards for all. When UDL principles are embedded in classroom instruction, meaningful learning environments are created where all students feel empowered to learn.
Prince George’s County Public Schools is committed to fostering a climate for meaningful and authentic learning experiences to prepare our students for the 21st century. Rigorous expectations for student learning have been established with the adoption of Maryland's College and Career Readiness Standards that are based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Learners who communicate collaboratively, think critically and problem solve effectively will better meet the demands of the world in which we live. Universal Design for Learning supports the CCSS by providing educators and parents with instructional practices to promote active learning for all students. Meaningful learning can be found in a variety of environments, so long as a positive climate is developed and maintained.
The positive learning climate acts as a foundation from which students cultivate a passion for knowledge. This passion is nurtured through flexibility in the instructional goals, methods, materials and assessments catered to the learner variability within the classroom. UDL recognizes that best practices do not mandate the use of technology or the mastery of technology; rather, it emphasizes mastery of the learning process. As a brain-based framework for instruction, UDL minimizes barriers to learning so that all students can achieve. Through the consistent implementation of UDL, students' natural curiosity will be fostered, allowing for more authentic learning experiences.
All children will meet high expectations for success given they are appropriately challenged and supported. Being a diverse community of life-long learners, Prince George's County Public Schools recognizes that UDL will increase the effectiveness of our best practices and promote our goal of preparing our students to be college and career ready.
Please explore the sections below to learn more about Universal Design for Learning.
The Planning Process UDL and Technology PGCPS Staff Login
Principle I. RepresentationPrinciple II. Action and ExpressionPrinciple III. Engagement
UDL at a GlanceResources for TeachersUDL Resource Library