Universal Design for Learning in Action: Our Path to Successful Implementation

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Presented By: Emily Boyett, M.A., CCC-SLP, ATP / Anna Colquitt, MOTR/L / Amy D’aquila

When students struggle with reading or writing, too often the first reaction is “we have to pull the student out for services” or “they need an assistant to read or write for them.”

But there is a more inclusive approach—through Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL offers a path where schools can be designed in a way that ALL students proactively get the learning supports they need.

With all of the benefits of UDL, why doesn’t every school and district have it in place? Well, as good as it sounds, implementation barriers often get in the way, including:

  • Challenges getting buy-in from staff
  • Purchasing tools (“Not in the budget”)
  • Implementing UDL to get the expected outcomes

In this webinar, Emily Boyett (SLP) and Anna Colquitt (OT) share how they implemented UDL at Edmond Public Schools. They will walk you through their challenges and wins and offer the following “how-tos” for your UDL plan:

  • Using UDL to help students meet their education potential
  • Getting “buy-in” from staff (including teachers and administrators!)
  • Performing a needs-assessment and using data to support the plan
  • Using accessible tools (like Co:Writer and Snap&Read) to overcome the wide range of challenges our students face
  • Getting started (because nothing will happen without starting somewhere!)

About the Presenter

Emily Boyett, M.A., CCC-SLP, ATP

is a speech-language pathologist and assistive technology consultant for Edmond Public Schools in central Oklahoma. She has worked over 21 years in public education providing AT and speech language services for students with a broad range of disabilities, as well as training educators and families.

Anna Colquitt, MOTR/L

is an occupational therapist for Edmond Public Schools in central Oklahoma. Anna is in her fourth year with Edmond serving students with a vast array of needs including orthopedic impairments, visual impairments, various learning differences and global disabilities. She is passionate about facilitating participation and engagement for all students in their educational, home, and community environments.

Amy D’aquila

is an Educational Support Specialist at Don Johnston Incorporated. She helps school systems stay abreast of cutting edge technology, as well as to assist them as they choose, implement and use that technology to improve students’ performance and meet state standards.

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