Scheduling for Special Needs

A student’s success could come down to something as simple as his or her class schedule. This video describes how to put students with special needs first when creating class schedules to create a productive and successful day for all students.

Universal Design for Learning Puppet

The “You” in UDL

Watch the Universal Dancers for Learning as they sing and dance their way to showing how UDL can work in your classroom.   Universal Design for Learning is all about flexibility and giving teachers and students lots of options. The more on ramps there are to a highway, the more likely everyone will be able […]

A screenshot of the second page of the UDL DIY Activity.

UDL DIY Activity

This DIY activity allows educators to explore CAST’s UDL Guidelines through an easily assembled wheel. Simply print the PDF, cut out both layers of the template, and attach as shown with a round safety pin.

A red handicapped figure with a laptop is surrounded by a bright blue circle. Below the circle reads "section 508 compliant" in large black letters.

Section 508: Ensuring Equal Access to Information on Digital Devices

508 compliance refers to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which applies to all federal agencies “when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508, agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.” For […]

Thoughts and Tips on Inclusion

“How can I help?” This is a question that comes naturally to teachers. For many it is the reason they became educators in the first place. Classroom experience quickly forces every teacher to realize that every child is different. Each child that enters your room brings with him or her an entire spectrum of experiences, […]

Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Ever try to reason with a toddler in the middle of a full-blown tantrum? What you quickly realize is that not only are they super loud but bribing, pleading, threatening “time outs” and raising your voice are all useless acts of desperation. The most effective approach is to get down to eye level and talk […]

Children working together on project.

Engineering the Classroom for Success and Positive Outcomes

If the idea of a classroom with a grid of desks occupied by a group of nearly identical children who sit in silence while the teacher stands before the board speaking is not your ideal, then you’re already on your way to creating a class room for diverse learners. Soon you won’t even be thinking […]

Learning Links Profile: Vince Evans

Could you describe your role as Assistive Technology team leader in Harford County? We do believe that, over time, the role of an AT team leader throughout the state has been undergoing many substantial changes. In particular we can now offer several channels with diverse opportunities for student with specialized learning needs. By making decisions that […]

Brain Mush

“The iPad is turning their brains to mush.”  My wife’s urgent protestations as I walked through the door caught me by surprise. “Are they hitting each other over the head with the devices?” I asked, genuinely puzzled by this proclamation.  As someone who regularly advocates for the power of technology to transform education, engaging students […]