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UDL-IRN

FACTS & FIGURES

 

  • As of December 2016, the networked model of the IRN is comprised of individuals in nearly all 50 states and across 5 continents.

 

 

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STRATEGIC PRIORITY AREA

4. Personalize learning

5. Build Demand

 

 

 

SPECIAL TOPIC COVERED

- Universal Design for Learning

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Summary

 

CONNECT WITH US

 

Contact person for Oak LDP grant

Name: Dr. James Basham

Position: Executive Director

Email: james.basham@udl-irn.org

 

 

Website & social media links

 

“The modern age requires expert learners who can think critically, problem-solve, and ethically engage in a rapidly evolving pluralistic society. Our organization is focused on supporting the design of learning environments that recognize and meet this need for all learners.”

– James Basham, Ph.D., Cofounder/CEO

 

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

What have you accomplished through your Oak-funded programme that you’re most proud to share with your colleagues?

 

This project has supported the development of the UDL-IRN as a stable organization and, in turn, provided us the ability to develop stronger relationships with various other organizations in the education innovation space. For instance, the Oak funding provided us the ability to start a collaborative relationship with USGBC, developers of the LEED Certification platform. This collaboration is supporting the initial development of an online content delivery, credentialing, and certification system for the emerging field of UDL.

 

 

What’s the most interesting challenge your Oak-funded programme currently faces?

 

We are relatively young and yet have been thrust into taking a lead role in working on a newly emerging global issue of supporting the appropriate adoption of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). One of the primary challenges we face, is developing a unified yet pluralistic vision for UDL implementation and research across the globe. In addition, many of our current workforce are volunteers; moving toward hiring employees adds layers of complexity that the organisation has not dealt with in the past.

 

 

 

The Universal Design for Learning Implementation and Research Network (UDL-IRN) is a grassroots organisation, founded in 2011, that supports scaled implementation and research related to Universal Design for Learning (UDL). With support from the Oak Foundation, UDL-IRN is promoting the identification and development of models, tools, research, and practices designed to foster effective UDL implementation in educational environments.

Building an organisation to support high-quality implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

 

The UDL-IRN was formed to support UDL scaling and innovation, a critical step in making supportive learning environments the rule, rather than the exception, in U.S. schools. While the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) developed the concept of UDL in the late 1990’s, and has since produced an extensive amount of research describing and validating the concept, widespread use of UDL principles has yet to occur in mainstream educational environments. The UDL-IRN exists to help bridge that gap. It has been supported by a strong base of volunteers to develop tools and district integration models that have been validated through improved student outcomes. The organisation has also sponsored an annual global conference to bring together international schools and educators implementing UDL.

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE OAK FUNDED  PROJECT

 

The purpose of the UDL-IRN’s current grant from Oak is to assist the organisation in expanding its reach and scope. Specifically, UDL-IRN is:

  • Building a sustainable organisation with a leadership structure and revenue- producing membership model;
  • Establishing a means to scale global networks and collaboration frameworks for educators to implement UDL;
  • Designing, creating and disseminating additional UDL implementation resources; and
  • Improving the operational systems of the UDL-IRN, including its website, online systems and techniques to measure UDL implementation fidelity.

 

 

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