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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 Don Glass on November 10, 2015 at 9:34am

VSA and the Kennedy Center have been supporting a series of webinars around various topics dealing with arts education and students with disabilities. There are many that feature UDL, and others that could be used to glean useful instructional practices and learning options for a UDL curriculum!

Kudos to Lisa Damico for a great job of curating the series!

UDL ChecklistSome of the webinars have been captioned and recorded. All of them include a cleaned up CART transcription. Presenters have worked to make their webinars as accessible and flexible as possible.

Webinar Schedule (To Be Posted): http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/resources/webinars.cfm#...

Archive: http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/resources/webinars.cfm#...

  • Exploring a Watercolor Lesson through Universal Design for Learning and a Process of Collaborative Inquiry. Craig Dunn, Barbara Hackett Cox, Kursten Dubbels, and Lori Brink. October 2015.
  • Fundamentals: Big Ideas from the National Core Arts Standards and Guiding Principles for Students with Disabilities. Marcia McCaffrey and Sharon M. Malley. July 2015.
  • Strategies for Successful Inclusion in Secondary Music Ensembles. Lynda Laird and Rhonda J. Fuelberth. November 2014.
  • Deeper Learning: Strategies for Arts Education in the Inclusion Classroom. Glenn McClure and Anne Rhodes. July 2014.
  • Drama & Universal Design for Learning. Stephen Yaffe. February 2014.
  • UDL 102: Universal Design for Learning in the Arts Classroom. Gordon Sasaki. April 2013.
  • UDL 101: An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning for Teaching Artists. Ricki Sabia. April 2013.
Comment by Don Glass on August 27, 2015 at 9:41am
Comment by Don Glass on August 8, 2015 at 1:36pm

From the 2015 VSA Intersections Session on The National Core Arts standards and UDL:

1. Set Clear, Meaningful Goals.
Our goal-directed brains prefer clear, explicit learning goals. Base these goals on the National Core Arts Standards, communicate them using accessible language, break them down into manageable sub-goals, and make them relevant and meaningful to the personal interests and goals of students.

2. Uncouple Means from Goals to Allow for Flexibility.
When writing learning goals, be sure to uncouple the goal from any specific means for achieving that goal. For example, if you want a student to respond to a work of art, do not specify in the goal statement that students should do so by only writing a report. Keeping the means out of the goal statement provides space to be more flexible and varied in the ways that students can choose to demonstrate their responses through writing, speaking, diagramming, art-making, digital annotation, etc.

Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work by writing a 3-5 page analysis paper.

Comment by Don Glass on August 8, 2015 at 12:51pm

Similar Goals with Multiple Learning Entry-points, Modalities, Pathways, and Creative Solutions!

Great UDL sessions at VSA's Intersections Conference this year! Thanks to all of the affiliates and our partners for sharing.

Here are the PDF's of my slides with notes from the pre-conference webinar and UDL workshop.

Feel free to share your slides and resources here if you were also a presenter!

Comment by Don Glass on May 14, 2015 at 12:28pm


The VSA Intersections conference feature 7 UDL sessions this year!!!


2:30 – 4:00 pm - The Arts as UDL: Creating Pathways for Meaningful Learning Across Arts Disciplines


9:00 – 10:30 am - The Arts and Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Designing for Variability and Expert Learning

10:45 am – 12:15 pm - Pathways to Partnership: How Organizations Share Resources to Support Inclusive Teaching with UDL and Arts Integration

2:30 – 4:00 pm - UDL & Digital Media: Hot Topics & Cool Tools

2:30 – 4:00 pm - Round Table Discussions: Inclusion Matters: “Are You Sure You Belong Here?”

4:15 – 5:45 pm - Universal Design for Learning and the National Core Arts Standards: Frameworks for Goal-Oriented Instructional Practices

4:15 – 5:45 pm - Synergy: The Best Practices of Special Populations and Lab Practicum

This year's conference will take place August 3-4, 2015 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, VA. Conference Website

Comment by Don Glass on April 9, 2015 at 7:47pm

Universally Designed Arts Learning for Everyone!

Join the Arts and UDL wave at the 2015 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference, August 3-4, 2015 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, VA!

Engage, share, and learn about Arts and UDL across a series of presentations, workshops, and panels. Dates for a pre-conference webinar on UDL 101: Designing for Variability will soon be announced.

Comment by Don Glass on April 9, 2015 at 7:37pm


This stop motion video by Nicole Agois explains learning variability and the UDL principles using LEGO!! A perfect explanation for staff, students and parents.

Thank you for sharing!

Comment by Don Glass on June 13, 2014 at 3:29pm

The newly released National Core Arts Standards include Universal Design for Learning for inclusion and differentiation and reference the Harvard Ed Review article

Comment by Don Glass on March 13, 2014 at 10:59pm


The National Endowment for the Arts will be launching a new Universal Design website that will feature a Universal Design for Learning tab. This resource for new thinking and practice in accessibility for the arts, humanities, and information science communities and will replace the compliance-oriented Cultural Administrator's Handbook. Here is an outline of what you will find on the UDL tab:

UDL History and Overview
    Universal Design for Everyone to Learn
    Foregrounding the Educative Aspects of Participation    
Translating the Learning Sciences into Design Practice
        UDL Guidelines
        Goals, Assessment, Methods, and Materials
            Similar Clear, Goals
            Aligned Criteria and Formative Feedback
            Multiple, Flexible Learning Options
        Collaborative Design and Evaluation Cycles

Comment by Don Glass on March 13, 2014 at 10:43pm

A BIG shout out to Patricia Reedy for her online article Universal Design for Learning: Why Does it Matter to Dance Teaching? In the article she details a six year inquiry project that Luna Dance Institute faculty conducted on creativity in an inclusive classroom that features UDL descriptions of flexible and varied opportunities to learn through dance.Check it out!


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