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Middle School Universal Design (Virtual)

July 14 - July 19

$500.00 – $800.00

The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines are a tool that can be used to design learning experiences that meet the needs of all learners (CAST, 2018). The UDL guidelines informed the design of the OpenSciEd instructional materials to minimize barriers and create pathways for diverse learners. OpenSciEd units offer built-in tools for teachers to highlight student assets and to address potential barriers to learning for their local student population.


This two-day virtual professional development session focuses on the overarching question – How do we enact and modify curriculum to reduce barriers and leverage student resources? It assumes the prerequisite completion of the Curriculum Launch Professional Learning and previous experience teaching an OpenSciEd unit. Included in this session are opportunities for teachers to:

  • Identify ways that OpenSciEd lessons are designed to address the principles of UDL 
  • Identify instructional strategies that align with the UDL Principles to support student learning. 
  • Analyze lessons to identify goals, potential barriers, and ways to use the UDL Principles to remove barriers and create flexible paths to learning.
  • Identify strategies for Emergent Multilingual Learners (EML) that align with the UDL principles.
  • Engage in the actual lessons of the unit as a student.

Enhance your understanding of UDL while digging into one of the .4 units (6.4 Plate Tectonics, 7.4 Matter Cycling & Photosynthesis, 8.4 Earth & Space).


  • Two days of virtual professional learning via Zoom – July 17 – 18 
  • Hours: 11 AM-6 PM Eastern (EST) daily; one-hour “lunch break” at 2 PM EST
  • Early bird price: $500 per participant. (register by May 1st)
  • Regular price: $550
  • Continuing Education and Graduate Credits are available! All participants will be provided with an official certificate of completion. 
  • Registration closing date:  June 16, 2023


The facilitator ticket is for those interested in leading this professional learning themselves in their own context. Facilitators will experience the teacher sessions as well as two additional two-hour sessions to dig into the key goals of the PL and prepare to facilitate this event for others.


  • Professional learning listed in the above teacher section
  • Two additional days of virtual professional learning via Zoom – July 14th and July 19th from 12 – 2 PM EST
  • Early Bird:$750 for individuals (register by May 1st)
  • Regular price: $800 for individuals
  • Continuing Education and Graduate Credits are available! All participants will be provided with an official certificate of completion at the end of the course with the number of clock hours of professional learning completed. 
  • Registration closing date: June 16, 2023


July 14
July 19
$500.00 – $800.00
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