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New! A Conversation in Multiple Media on the Variability of Learners

Leading thinkers, researchers, and education practitioners discuss learning and human variability via video, audio, and the written word. This is the first section in what will become the multiple media Universal Design for Learning: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice. Read more at Conversations in Multiple Media.

Read a chapter from Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice

Learners are highly variable, but that variation is not chaotic. Learners share common, predictable patterns of variability that are very useful to consider when designing educational environments. Read more from this new book by Anne Meyer, David H. Rose, and David Gordon:

Variability in the Classroom

Hear from 5th-grade teacher Kathy Denniston, middle school teacher Elizabeth Stein, American Federation of Teachers policy director Lisa Thomas, and students from Chelmsford, Massachusetts as they offer perspectives on variability and the benefits of putting UDL into practice. Read more at

Variability in Research and Practice

University of Virginia psychologist Daniel Willingham, parent advocate and inventor Richard Ellenson, and Milton Chen of George Lucas Educational Foundation reflect on variability, UDL, and their implications for education. Read more at

Honoring UDL Supporter Sally Bowles

This online publication is dedicated to Sally Bowles (1934–2011), with support from the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation. Sally was an ardent supporter of UDL both as director of the Schwab Foundation Bard and as a member and chair of CAST’s Bard. Learn more at

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Last Updated: 02/06/2014


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