UDL Implementation Timeline

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When it comes to implementing UDL in your classroom, ‘slow and steady wins the race’. You cannot attempt full implementation all at once – particularly if you are just new to the UDL framework. Luckily, implementing UDL strategies in the classroom is a process that can be implemented in manageable steps throughout one or more school years.  In one of the course videos, teachers already implementing UDL in their classrooms suggest to “simply start – start small – but just start.” These teachers are confident that when you start seeing the results they have seen, you will build on your early successes and be well on your way to full UDL implementation.

Here is a suggested timeline for teachers who are interested in forming a school or district team and supporting each other in implementing UDL strategies in the classroom.  The timeline is merely a suggestion – one of the tasks your UDL implementation team should complete in early discussions is to establish a realistic timeline that will work for your team members.

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September

  • Form Team
  • Begin learning about UDL and Backward Design
  • Explore appropriate classroom software and hardware options
  • Order basic technology
  • Locate and schedule online resources and/or speakers for inservice
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October

  • Identify learning styles, interests, abilities of students and discuss how that information might change your practice
  • Identify learning styles, interests, abilities of team and discuss how your learning style might impact your teaching
  • Establish methods for team to collect and share resources
  • Arrange for technology installation as required
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November

  • Learn to separate goals from methods used to demonstrate learning
  • Learn to identify the focus of a goal in order to determine what can be varied
  • Focus on clarifying and communicating learning intentions
  • Learn to use the BC IRPs
  • Learn to create and use rubrics
  • Monitor and follow-up with technology installation and support as needed
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December

  • Evaluate alignment of current curriculum and instruction with UDL
  • View sample UDL Lessons and templates
  • Address  any hardware, software, internet installation issues
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January

  • Explore multi-media resources available in your district, community, and online
  • Start developing a collection of  key websites
  • Join and learn to use ARC-B
  • Learn about copyright:  alternate format, public domain and creative commons
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February

  • Learn more about supporting students’ Recognition Networks
  • Begin implementing these strategies
  • Share successes and challenges with team
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March

  • Examine curriculum for barriers
  • Learn more about scaffolding student access to printed text
  • Learn more about scaffolding student writing
  • Begin implementing supports
  • Share successes and challenges with team
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April

  • Learn more about supporting students’ Strategic Networks
  • Begin implementing these strategies
  • Share successes and challenges with team
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May

  • Learn more about supporting students’ affective networks
  • Begin implementing these strategies
  • Share successes and challenges with team
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June

  • Evaluate progress
  • Plan for next year
  • Learn about action research
  • Explore additional tech options
  • Explore funding options

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