The concept for A Tree for All: Your Coloring Book of UDL Principles and Practice came from a desire to lower the barriers to understanding the important underlying concepts of the UDL framework. The book provides visual representations of how the UDL framework works to help create expert learners including:
- The curriculum
By design, the book encourages engagement through representation and encourages action and expression!
Culturally Responsive Design for English Learners: The UDL Approach grew out of a conversation between Patti Ralabate and Loui Lord Nelson about the disconnect they saw in other materials specific to teaching English Learners. Most materials focused on the academic needs of English learners but did not bring in how to support their social emotional needs. Using the UDL framework as their guide, Patti and Loui address this in two specific ways:
they share how culture, context, and language shape learning and how to apply culturally responsive teaching to second- or dual-language learning.
they offer classroom examples, easy-to-read tables, illustrations to help communicate complex ideas, and reflection questions at the end of each chapter to encourage readers to think deeply about the topics presented.
Released in October of 2017, the book has taken hold in the UDL community and is spreading throughout the community of English learner educators.
Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning is a practical guide to understanding the UDL framework in action. The book has three sections and can be read in any order.
The first section shares the foundation of UDL and dispels common myths.
The second section has three chapters, each written in alignment with the three principles. The chapters break down the principle, guidelines, and checkpoints offering classroom examples and connections to background research.
The last section of the book delves more deeply into the design of learning environments and lesson plan development. With thousands of copies sold, it continues to be recognized as a foundational component to any educators understanding of UDL.
“I met Loui as a tutor at my first encounter with UDL, at a CAST training. From that moment on, she inspired and supported me during my work on learning variability in Europe, specifically in Belgium. I had the privilege to present and work with her on several occasions, both in the US as in Europe and I always ended up with more knowledge and a broader understanding of UDL. We had the opportunity to invite Loui in Belgium for a one-week training at several teacher training colleges. At that moment, we decided to translate her first book in Dutch, so it could be used both in Flanders (Dutch speaking part of Belgium) and the Netherlands. We also worked together in a European project on diversity, as she trained our project consortium in Vienna. During this training, it became again obvious that Loui is very cultural sensitive, in line with the spirit of UDL. Thank you, Loui, for being my mentor and my friend!”Marleen Clissen, Internationalization, Inclusion, and Diversity staff, Katholiek Onderwijs, Brussels, Belgium