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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

Action and Expression
Action and Expression

Let students play to their strengths, not to their weaknesses.

Let them show what they can do, not what they can’t.

Give them the opportunity to celebrate their gifts and talents.

Help your students shine!

Imagine that you are about to take an intensive test to show that you are capable of being a good teacher. No worries! You have all the knowledge and skills you need to pass that test, and you would probably enter the testing room feeling confident, right? Now imagine that you sit down to take the test and it’s written in French. Sure, you had several years of French back in high school, but you certainly don’t remember enough to read and interpret academic questions. How are you ...

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