Topical Guides

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that can help you turn the challenges posed by high standards and increasing learner diversity into opportunities to maximize learning for every student.  Drawing upon new knowledge of how the brain works and new technologies and media now available for teaching and learning, UDL frames a systematic approach to setting goals, choosing or creating flexible materials and media, and assessing students accurately.
(From Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) website page on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) )

For more information on UDL, please go to the topic Database Sub-Topic: Differentiating Instruction & Systems of Support and click on  Issue: Access to the General Education Curriculum / Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)


Dialogue guides have 3 parts:

  • Facilitator's Handbook to help you think about inviting others into a dialogue:
  • Topical documents with content information to ground the dialogue, and
  • Dialogue Starters, written by stakeholders that identify questions to guide the dialogue.


To begin, review the Facilitator's Handbook, and then choose the topic and the appropriate dialogue guide starters for your audience


The following dialogue starters were written by members of the National community of Practice on Secondary Transition in May 2009.

Source document:
Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Making learning accessible and engaging for all students
A policy brief from the National Education Association.
Dialogue Starters:
Universal Design for Learning: Making learning accessible and engaging for all students

Source document:
UDL Fact sheet for Educators
Prepared by the National Universal Design for Learning Task Force
Dialogue Starters:
UDL: The Facts for Educators

Source document:
UDL Fact sheet for Families
Prepared by the National Universal Design for Learning Task Force
Dialogue Starters:
UDL: The Facts for Families