Differentiation and Universal Design

In this section you will find resources on how to design instructional lessons to be responsive to student needs.

ASCD Differentiation Resources

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The ASCD website has curated articles on differentiated instruction. The topics include, but are not limited to, why differentiation works, how to differentiate in the secondary classroom, differentiating assessments and identifying technology to support differentiation.


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This page leads you to a short video that unpacks the term Universal Design for Learning (UDL). It also contains an article explaining engagement, representation, action and expression as contained in the UDL guidelines.

Centennial Academy

This site contains a 10 minute video on UDL. It explains the theory behind UDL. Following the theory, the video demonstrates the reasons why McGill University and schools should be implementing UDL.

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Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

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This website explains the similarities and differences between Differentiated Instruction and Universal Design.

Understanding by Design
Resource List from Jay McTighe

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If you are seeking to implement the principles behind Understanding by Design, this site offers resources in following categories:

  • Design Tools
  • Essential Questions
  • Assessment
  • Resources for School Leaders
  • Study Guides
  • Podcasts
  • Articles
  • Videos