Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a model for designing instruction and curricula based on cognitive neuroscience that addresses learner variability. It is an inclusive model of instructional delivery that assists educators in removing barriers to learning for all students in the classroom. UDL seeks to develop expert learners who are independent, practice self-regulation, and apply critical thinking skills. The UDL Framework is aligned to the Mississippi Professional Growth System standards.
The REACH MS Universal Design for Learning Initiative supports the efforts of the Mississippi Department of Education Professional Growth System in strengthening instructional practices identified through observation and feedback cycles. The Professional Growth System encourages educators to progress from teacher-led instruction to student-led classrooms. The Universal Design for Learning Framework establishes guidelines for implementing academic strategies and supports that align to the PGS Teacher Growth Rubric standards. The UDL Progression Rubric is a tool useful for maintaining student-led practices and extending those standards to expert learning and the environment. As areas for growth are identified through the Teacher Growth Rubric, administrators and teachers can implement principles of the UDL Framework to improve their practice and empower students to become expert learners.