UDL implementation is a process of change that tends to occur in a recursive, continuously improving cycle of learning and progressing. The process is designed in a UDL way, uniquely customized to support change in a school, district or higher education institution. CAST believes that by integrating systems change research with the UDL principles they can provide school staff with a customized, cascading, series of professional learning opportunities, professional coaching, facilitation, supports, resources and tools needed to assist districts throughout the UDL implementation. This is an important distinction that makes UDL implementation different from other initiatives that attempt to hold participants to a specific, regimented implementation approach. The UDL implementation process isn’t a set of protocols that everyone does in exactly the same way. Districts are as varied and complex as the students in their classrooms, so each district’s approach to UDL implementation will also be different. Districts engaging in UDL implementation identify structures within their system and anticipate paths and plans for scaffolds and supports that will meet the needs of their own unique system to move forward toward scaling and optimizing UDL implementation.
Even though five phases of UDL implementation have been identified, it is also recognized that each school, district or higher education institution will approach the UDL implementation process in a unique manner.
The five phases within an integrated dynamic process of UDL implementation, adapted from Fixsen, Naoom, Blase’, Friedman, and Wallace (2005), are:
These are not rigid stages but instead are fluid and recursive in nature. The UDL Principles are purposefully infused throughout the process. For example, each phase includes three focused goal areas aligned with the three UDL principles.
Implementation phases may exist as discretely separate, sequential periods of focus for some schools or districts or they may overlap or repeat in an iterative manner.
The graphic below offers another way of thinking about the UDL implementation process that highlights its iterative, continuously improving aspects.
For more information about the UDL Implementation Process go to the UDL Series Session - UDL Implementation: A Process of Change.
Last Updated: 07/15/2014