Explore a variety of resources that support understanding and implementation of Universal Design for Learning, and download professional development slides and activities that are useful in teaching others about UDL.

General UDL:

National UDL Center which offers current information and resources about the implementation of UDL. The site also provides a free PD module for teachers.

CAST UDL Toolkits help educators to understand and apply UDL principles in classrooms and/or to train others in UDL.

This Master Reference provides an overview of CAST initiatives, resources, and products, links to UDL tools and resources, and other related online links.

Publications communicate CAST’s research results and provides practical advice on applications of Universal Design for Learning.

Scoop it! is a curated site that offers a treasure trove of UDL resources, including narrative, video and interactives.

English Language Arts:

Dade County Reciprocal Teaching Resources. These lesson plan resources are from Project WebSIGHT in Dade County, Florida and offer a variety of supports for implementing reciprocal teaching, including lesson plans at the elementary and middle school levels.

ReadWriteThink website is a partnership of the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the MarcoPolo Education Foundation to provide educators and students with access to free-of-charge content regarding best practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction.

The Poetry Archive has an extensive collection of poets reading their own work. You can enjoy listening to the voices of contemporary English-language poets and of poets from the past. There are activities and materials specifically designed for teachers and for children.

Electronic Books and Online Resources: Explore online reading including interactive stories, articles, and books. Involve readers in writing stories including adding to stories, writing new endings, creating illustrations, and facilitating discussions.

Social Studies:

Picturing Modern America: Provides historical thinking exercises for middle and high school students by the Education Development Center.

Video Resources:

The Story of Movies, an educational program for middle schoolers, was created by the Film Foundation in partnership with IBM and Turner Classic Movies as “an integrated interdisciplinary curriculum, in recognition of the importance of exposing future generations to classic cinema and teaching them about the cultural, artistic, and historical significance of film.” The program, available to teachers free of charge, aims to help students understand and interpret the language of film and visual images. Each teaching unit includes DVDs, a teachers’ guide, and a student activities booklet. The films for study are Robert Mulligan’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” (1962), Frank Capra’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939), and Robert Wise’s “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951).

Learner.org provides a teacher video library highlighting teaching practices of K-12 educators in all academic disciplines. Access to the videos is free (with registration) and has classroom demonstrations and examples of best practices relative to the topic.

UDL principles includes a panel of experts who take you inside a middle school science class.