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Why UDL Matters for English Language Learners

A powerful storytelling about engagement and UDL. Katie Novak explains why the implementation of universal design for learning (UDL) is best practice to increase engagement in all students.

«In 1922, my grandmother moved from Trois-Rivières, a city in Quebec, Canada, at the age of eleven. Speaking only French, and traveling with her older sister, she was determined to learn English once she arrived. Each day, after she finished her official au pair duties, she walked to the local market to teach herself English. Her textbooks? The handwritten signs posted above the food and day-old newspapers. Her teachers? The store owner and passersby completing their nightly shopping.»

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Last Modified: March 11, 2020