Unlock hidden writing skills in all learners through UDL! The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for writing are promising but present a host of challenges in implementation, especially for struggling students. In this valuable resource, Sally A. Spencer demonstrates the potential of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a framework for making the CCSS writing and language standards accessible to all kids. Educators who utilize these strategies will know: •How to leverage the strengths of students to optimize writing instruction and overcome their weaknesses •The ways UDL can minimize the roadblocks in CCSS implementation •How to - and how not to - use technology to teach writing and language conventions With dozens of classroom-ready activities, resources for further reading, and reproducibles, this easy-to-use guide will help you make all students proficient writers. “This is the ultimate guide to successful UDL implementation, with ready-to- use activities and resources that support the Common Core Writing Standards for students in all grades. Energize your classroom with this practical guide that engages all learners and helps you plan your lessons with ease. This is a must-have for all teachers!” -Renee Bernhardt, Ed.S Curriculum and Instruction-Learning Support Cherokee County School District Canton, GA “This is one of the most relatable and relevant teaching books I have read. It is packed with practical ideas, solid background information, and several resources. It is perfect for any teacher struggling to help students with a variety of needs achieve the goals set by the CCSS.” -Kristin Striebel, Teacher Francis Howell School District St. Charles, MO



If students aren’t interested, they won’t learn. If students aren’t paying attention, they won’t learn. If students aren’t motivated, they won’t learn. ENGAGEMENT IS EVERYTHING.

The principle of engagement is sometimes one of the hardest UDL principles for teachers to understand. Until recently, it was listed as the third principle on the UDL guideline sheet, but in the 2014 update, the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) moved engagement to the first position. Even though there is no order to the UDL principles per se, they realized, as Nancy and I do, that engagement affects everything we do in the classroom. Or as we’ve conceptualized it in the UDL VennBrella, it’s the canopy that encompasses and shelters the other two principles, allowing them to ...

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