Reenvisioning the Future with Universal Design for Learning
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.
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State policy should confront the pervasive low expectations that the outcomes reveal.
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Build a system that supports each student rather than a mythical average one.
Equitable education means overcoming challenges in identification, staff training, and funding.