Embracing the Full Range of Learner Variability to Improve Student Success
Far too many educational solutions are designed for the mythical ‘average’ student, making these solutions less effective in supporting student agency, learning, and engagement. WestEd employs the framework known as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to ‘design from the edges’ and produce innovations that are inclusive and impactful.
We frequently use technology to apply UDL to design, development, research & evaluation, as well as technical assistance. We can bring this expertise to support our partners’ development of learning and technology solutions across a range of applications.
Our Work in Action
Our staff lead research and technical assistance projects to help designers, content developers, technologists, and educators create and implement inclusive solutions and practices. We serve on several national advisory committees such as the National Education Technology Plan, federal centers, and the CAST UDL national faculty.
As a Senior Researcher in Special Education at WestEd, Jose Blackorby leads innovative studies designed to promote better learning conditions and outcomes for students with disabilities, initially prioritizing equitable learning acceleration for children and youth nationwide. With deep understanding of what works for students with disabilities and a foundation of experience that intersects research with policy and practice, Blackorby brings expertise and results from a decades-long career shaping new models that aim to ensure inclusivity and improved outcomes for children and youth all over the world.