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Supporting UDL in the Classroom with Audiobooks

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The past couple of years, my district has been in the process of implementing Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, in our classrooms.  The educational framework creates a flexible learning environment that supports all learners.  The neuroscience behind it shows that each student learns differently, bringing their own strengths and experiences to each learning opportunity.  Therefore teachers need to create multiple ways for students to engage, represent, and express the content.  The scientists who developed UDL initially were looking at how schools can support students who are traditionally marginalized, students who have disabilities, or for whom English is their second language.  What they discovered was that the strategies that help these populations also helped all students learn.  If you’d like more information on UDL, please visit the CAST website. As a school librarian, I needed to think how I could adopt UDL in my own teaching and library space, but I also needed to think a…