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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

Creative Commons License

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 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!

Comment by Don Glass on March 13, 2014 at 10:34pm

The Whole Schools Initiative (WSI) of the Mississippi Arts Commission has provided an online module for educators to learn more about UDL at their own pace. This module provides an introductory overview of the critical features, foundations, and use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). It provides background information from the learning sciences that shows how UDL can address learning variability, as well as support expert learning strategies across the neural networks associated with learning. Anyone can access this resource by signing onto UDL Studio: WSI UDL Module.

In addition, incorporating UDL principles is now part of the WSI lesson planning, and a requirement when schools submit model lesson plans. Sample lesson plans are featured on the UDL page of the WSI website.

Comment by Don Glass on May 15, 2013 at 3:17pm

The Whole Schools Initiative of the Mississippi Arts Commission continues to focus on the Common Core, Universal Design for Learning, and arts-integrated curricular design to support multiple, inclusive learning pathways. Way to go Arts and UDL Group Member Jodie Engle!


Comment by Don Glass on April 19, 2013 at 11:24am

Free PDF download of Harvard Ed Review article: http://her.hepg.org/content/33102p26478p54pw/fulltext.pdf

Comment by Don Glass on April 15, 2013 at 1:13pm

The Harvard Educational Review is featuring our article in the Spring 2013 Special Issue on Expanding Our Vision for the Arts in Education

Universal Design for Learning and the Arts by Don Glass, Anne Meyer, and David Rose.

Voices in ED blog: http://hepg.org/blog/98

HER article abstract: http://hepg.org/her/abstract/1229

Freely available PDF: (check back soon!)

UDL remix of article: http://udlstudio.cast.org/titlepage/display/READABLE/bookId/166869

Share and Enjoy!

Comment by Christie Lynch Ebert on July 30, 2012 at 8:55am

Very exciting news with the Kennedy Center forum and the new UDL book!  Thank you for keeping us all informed.  I have shared many of your resources and materials with NC Arts Education leaders who are exploring connections with the arts and UDL.  Best always!

Comment by kerry armstrong on July 29, 2012 at 1:32pm

Tell us MORE!!!!


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