Welcome to our page on Universal Design for Learning. We are including information and a Power Point presentation for your use in training if you would like.

Implementation of UDL in the classroom includes the following NC Professional Teaching Standards:
Standard 1: Teachers demonstrate leadership
Standard 2: Teachers establish a respectful environment for a diverse population of students.
Standard 4: Teachers facilitate learning for their students
Standard 5: Teachers reflect on their practice

What is Universal Design for Learning?

UDL is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.
UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.

Why is UDL necessary?

Individuals bring a huge variety of skills, needs, and interests to learning. Neuroscience reveals that these differences are as varied and unique as our DNA or fingerprints. Three primary brain networks come into play:
Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning

Recognition Networksexternal image p1_brain.png The "what" of learning

Strategic NetworksThe "how" of learning

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Affective Networks The "why" of learning

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external image p1_check.pngPresent information and content in different ways
external image p2_check.pngDifferentiate the ways that students can express what they know
external image p3_check.pngStimulate interest and motivation for learning

Watch 'UDL at a Glance' on YouTube
Watch 'UDL at a Glance' on YouTube

The website below offers an indepth look into Universal Design for Learning (UDL). There are online modules, videos, presentations, and guidelines for implementing UDL. This is an excellent website that will engage you for hours. Anything and Everything you will want to know about UDL is probably located right here:


The goal of education in the 21st century is not simply the mastery of content knowledge or use of new technologies. It is the mastery of the learning process. Education should help turn novice learners into expert learners—individuals who want to learn, who know how to learn strategically, and who, in their own highly individual and flexible ways, are well prepared for a lifetime of learning
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) helps educators meet this goal by providing a framework for understanding how to create curricula that meets the needs of all learners from the start.Rose and Meyer (2002) developed the principles of UDL based on brain research that describes the
process of learning as the interaction of three neuronal networks: the recognition, strategic, and affective networks. The recognition network helps identify patterns of sensory information, or the “what” of learning. The strategic network helps plan, execute, and monitor how we think and move, governing “how” we learn. Finally, the affective network determines the importance and meaning of what we’re learning and thus engages us, determining “why” we learn, or why not. Classroom learning generally consists of the presentation of information to students (the what), expression and demonstration of that information by students (the how), and engagement with the learning process (the why). UDL emphasizes the use of multiple and flexible ways of representing, expressing, and engaging with
information so that all students can participate and find success in learning—drawing on their unique combination of strengths, weaknesses, and preferences. (National Center for Universal Design for Learning).
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Rose, D., & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching every student in the digital age: Universal design for learning
is available in full at the link below:

This document should be read prior to using the Power Point presentation to develop a better understanding of UDL

Handout of the Guidelines to be provided with PowerPoint presentation


Participant Activity Handout:

Visit the National Center on UDL
National Center on Universal Design for Learning
National Center on Universal Design for Learning
Founded in 2009, the National Center on UDL supports the effective and widescale implementation of UDL by connecting stakeholders in the field and providing resources and information.
Teacher-Friendly UDL ToolsExamples and Resources
UDL videos, articles, presentations, and linksResource Library