A central lesson driven home by the struggles of schools around the globe during the pandemic is that education systems are inadequate to meet society’s future needs. It is time for systems that are learner-centered and flexible enough to meet the needs of all students—from those with disabilities and diverse learning needs to those who are gifted and high performers. The framework of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides a stable, evidence-based foundation for this vision of the future of education.


Reenvisioning the Future with Universal Design for Learning





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Ensuring Students with Disabilities Leave School Ready to Succeed

By Kristin K. Liu, Martha L. Thurlow and Sheryl S. Lazarus

State boards can watch policies for red flags that hold students back.





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Debunking Myths about Students with Disabilities

By Karla Phillips-Krivickas

State policy should confront the pervasive low expectations that the outcomes reveal.





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Supporting Students with Disabilities throughout the Year

By Angela Johnson and Elizabeth Barker

The data point up a need for services that extend beyond the school year.





Reenvisioning the Future with Universal Design for Learning

By James D. Basham

Build a system that supports each student rather than a mythical average one.






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Supporting English Learners with Disabilities

By Drew S. Fagan and Luis Javier Pentón Herrera

Equitable education means overcoming challenges in identification, staff training, and funding.





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Understanding Special Education Teacher Shortages

By David Peyton and Kelly Acosta

State policies meaningfully affect recruitment and retention.







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