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Check out some background information and resources for self-paced study of UDL and the arts. Use or re-mix these resources for your own professional learning courses, workshops, or professional learning communities!

Expert Lecture: Using Music to Explain Variability and UDL

An expert lecture and presentation of how the arts can provide rich meaningful options for engagement, representation, and action and expression. The media file is a record of David Rose's OSEP Project Directors Conference Keynote, July 2011 titled: From Bach to Lady Gaga: Music Lessons for Special Education.

UDL checklist logo Arts and UDL Case Studies

Share your own arts case stories on UDL Connect! Consider putting together a posting that highlights your implementation of UDL. Here are some example case studies and mini-websites.


This stop motion video by Nicole Agois explains UDL principles using Lego. A perfect explanation for staff, students and parents.

Don Glass and Kim Willey created this animation to address key questions about UDL in the form of a dialog between two animated characters. The animation tools provide an engaging way to enliven the information through dramatic gesture, sound effects, and camera angles.

For captioning, language translation, and an interactive transcript, view on YouTube.

Waiting for UDL Script

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Waiting for UDL by Don Glass and Kim Willey  is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License


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Comment by Shaqe Kalaj on May 27, 2012 at 7:46pm


This sounds fascinating. Please keep us up with more information. Shaqe

Comment by Stephen Yaffe on May 27, 2012 at 6:37pm

Hi Chrissie,

Why don't we meet for coffee while you're in NYC?

Comment by Chrissie Butler on May 25, 2012 at 9:02pm

Kia ora Stephen. Hi to you and everyone in this Arts and UDL group.

Is there anything like ASEC later in the year, maybe in July? I'm going to be in NYC between between July 13 to 17.

I'm on the Harvard UDL Reaching All Learners the week before and then going up to meet Prof Sharon Friesen in Calgary to chat and hatch a few more plans for my NZ context.

Am just trying to get a feel for who/what I might find out more about in NYC. The Guggenheim for All project sounds pretty interesting. 

If anyone has any ideas do let me know. Not keen to cram those few days but if I can shout a few lovely people lunch, a coffee, dinner that would be cool.

Comment by Carolyn Fox on May 25, 2012 at 5:18pm

Art is an essential human activity.  Yet how many of the greatest rock legends went to art school or studied art???  Societal contributions of art are sorely neglected in the race for material gain.  So thanks...

Comment by Stephen Yaffe on May 2, 2012 at 5:08pm

The Arts In Special Education Consortium (ASEC) in New York City is offering its yearly conference on May 4.  Part of ASEC’s Why Good Work Works series, its theme is “Structuring For Value, Implementing For All”.  As such, it will offer two UDL-related sessions.  One is a panel presentation featuring a long-term, multi-tiered, coached professional development program offered by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to its teaching artists and museum educators.  The project, Guggenheim For All, focuses on building the capacity and understanding of these cohorts in their work with inclusion classes and emphasizes UDL and differentiating instruction.


The other session is an Introduction to UDL.  Of note, it was sold out within days of registration opening.  Fortunately, the conference offers the venue twice.


Clearly, there is much interest in UDL among the varied constituencies attending the May 4 event – school and arts administrators, classroom teachers, arts teachers, teaching artists, museum educators, related service providers (speech and occupational therapists, social and mental health workers), paraprofessionals and parents.


This year’s conference is at capacity and registration is closed.


Comment by Education Team at VSA MA on April 6, 2012 at 7:39am

COOL Arts Integration Workshops using UDL as the foundation are being offered for FREE at VSA Massachusetts this May. We hope to see you there! 

Comment by Don Glass on March 23, 2012 at 2:49pm

Get Your Alpha Waves ON!

Robert Seigel interviews Jonah Lehrer about his new book, 'How Creativity Works': It's All In Your Imagination

All Things Considered, NPR, March 19, 2012

Interview Highlights

Comment by Don Glass on February 20, 2012 at 9:36pm

Ah-ha! Waiting for UDL part 2! I was actually just talking about using interviews with teaching artists as the script for another xtranormal animation. This would be the perfect container and focus. Thanks Anne!

Comment by anne meyer on February 20, 2012 at 9:29pm

Hey Don and Kim - This is really excellent!

Thank you so much for putting this together. I especially appreciate the way you made it clear that UDL emerged from the margins but pertains to all --

How about a sequel or next episode with the female character explaining more fully how her work in the arts aligns with UDL?  I think some specific examples would be really helpful for all teachers. you could argue that the arts themselves are in the margins with a very cognitive-centric society - how about pulling practices and lessons from the "arts margins" into general education in a concrete way???

Thanks again


Comment by Stephen Yaffe on February 20, 2012 at 8:57pm

Seems to me that anything that turns the ‘Subjects’ (Science, Math, English Social Studies, etc) back into the verbs they initially were – ways of making sense of the world – weds creativity with content.  Art making – another highly meaning-making endeavor – is essentially (not to trivialize it) problem based learning on steroids, inquiry requiring full presence so one can take things on their own terms.  This responsiveness and building from the inside out is why, to me, the Arts ARE UDL.  And why the Arts can teach us so much about UDL and how to be UDL.



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