ACCESS UDL Initiative

Providing ACCESS and Understanding with Universal Design for Learning – ACCESSing UDL in Delaware

The ACCESS project’s Universal Design for Learning initiative began in the spring of 2017 as a small 10-week pilot with a middle school team of three 7th grade English Language Arts teachers who wanted to change their practice and help meet the needs of all children in the classroom. The initiative expanded the following year in the 2017-2018 school year to include all 6th, 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts teachers in the same middle school, as well as 4th and 5th grade math teachers in a nearby elementary school. Participants were provided with multiple professional development opportunities throughout the school year including workshops related to the implementation of UDL, monthly classroom observations, coaching sessions, support around grade-level planning and PLCs, modeling of instructional strategies and facilitation of teacher self-reflection.

ACCESS will expand the UDL initiative in the fall 2018 to include another elementary school and continued expansion across grades and content areas within schools that are currently supported by the initiative.


ACCESS project Universal Design for Learning resources are available for Delaware educators on Schoology.

  • The Introduction to UDL modules explore the framework and principles of UDL in order to meet the wide range of learners in today’s classrooms. Strategies for classroom implementation are highlighted.
  • The Advanced UDL modules take participants deeper into UDL and will challenge educators to think outside the box when designing lesson plans. The unique needs of all students in the classroom will be considered when designing curricular lessons without barriers to learning. Several resources are shared that can be implemented easily in the classroom.

Please register through PDMS:
Course Name:  Universal Design for Learning – Section 1
Course Number:  27301

Don’t miss out on up-to-date information, join the Schoology Group – Universal Design for Learning ACCESS Code: 356PD-WNF4J.



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