Universal Design for Learning

There are always a couple students that struggle with learning. Realizing and eliminating these barriers is the basis for UDL (Universal Design for Learning). UDL provides a blueprint for creating goals, methods, materials and assessments that work for everyone, and helps students reach their full potential. And that’s what Strategic Transitions is all about.

Strategic Transitions and Pedagogy

At Strategic Transitions our starting point is an understanding that learning begins with the learner. Each learner brings a different set of strengths and weaknesses to any given learning opportunity.

The difficulty arises for individual learners when their weaknesses are magnified and when their strengths aren’t given a chance to flourish.

CAST, (The Centre for Applied Special Technology) defines their Universal Design for Learning Model as…
“…a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.”

CAST states that, “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.”

Our team believes that it is a very difficult task for educators to attempt to provide a learning atmosphere that is aimed at addressing ALL of the needs of ALL students in one environment.

As David Edyburn once stated, ”Universal Design for Learning for ALL is an extremely difficult challenge but providing an atmosphere that captures as many different types of learners as possible is probably more achievable.”
Through the use of our “Mindtools” (Jonessan), WordQ/SpeakQ, iWordQ and the Inspiration Suite of software, we hope to provide an opportunity for all learners to access, process and express what THEY know (J.J. Serre), more accurately, more quickly and more consistently.