"Never give up on a dream." - Author unknown -
We must all make decisions, all are important and many times affect others. The education field is no different. Now the time is imperative to work together as a team when setting up a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) and at the same time using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Framework. Do it once and correctly.
One must love the following quote found on the Wisconsin Department of Education's new website, "UDL is not a special education initiative, nor a general education initiative…it is an every child initiative." Can anyone come up with a reason not to use the UDL Framework? It is interesting how many suggest Universal Design for Learning is for every learner. Yet, the state of Wisconsin flat out says it, clear and precise.
Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) provides a whole-child framework for all learners to reach their full potential in a positive, inclusive, and equitable learning environment. Using high-quality instruction and intervention and a culture of collaboration, communication, and flexibility, parents, educators, and leaders work together to develop a responsive system of support that addresses all learners' academic and non-academic needs and boosts student performance.
The Universal Design for Learning framework is a set of principles or beliefs. The three foundational beliefs of Universal Design for Learning are:
- Variability is the rule, not the exception. Students do not have to do the same thing at the same time.
- All students can work towards the same firm goals and state standards with flexible means.
- All students will become expert learners with removed barriers and deep engagement.
The question becomes, what will you choose?
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Ron Rogers, Ed.D
A person that has invested in the lives of others through many avenues including education.