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What’s so smart about S.M.A.R.T. goals?

Discover how to create learning goals that are S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-oriented, and Time-bound) in this excerpt from this practical, accessible guidebook on Universal Design for Learning. Read More

The goal and the lesson

Read the excerpt and discover the role of lesson goals in UDL, how to design goals using the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as an example, and how goals promote student ownership of learning. Read More

Meeting the needs of learners with autism spectrum disorders

Read the excerpt and discover how universal design for learning (UDL)—an innovative framework for curriculum and instructional design—addresses the needs of learners with ASDs in classrooms. This chapter contains two instructional examples that apply UDL to the development of literacy skills and social and emotion understanding, areas that can be particularly challenging for learners with ASD. Read More

Providing multiple means of engagement

Read the excerpt and learn why providing multiple means of engagement is essential for UDL. This except includes options for catching interest, sustaining effort and persistence, and self-regulation. Read More

Including all students in instruction in core curriculum areas

Read the excerpt to learn considerations relevant to teaching core subject areas (reading and writing, mathematics, social and natural sciences) to all students. The strategies described for each subject area are organized according to the hierarchy of least-to-most intrusive supports, interventions, and adaptations. Read More

Differentiate Instruction with First/Then Boards

A First/Then Board is a mini-schedule that is portable and can be used to provide more choices to a student or to reinforce simple instructions. Check out this excerpt from Paula Kluth and Sheila Danaher's From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks to find out how to create your own! Read More

Differentiate Instruction with Purposeful Puzzles

This chapter explains how to implement purposeful puzzles, a helpful Differentiated Instruction support for students who might fidget a lot during class or need to be “doing something” when they are listening or participating in a classroom discussion. Read More

Classroom-basedtechnology tools

Read the excerpt and discover a variety of classroom-based tools that can be utilized to reduce and even eliminate educational barriers for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Read More