“All students are general education students first, regardless of identification for specialized services, and they all should have access to that best first instruction.”

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an essential cornerstone for schools and school systems seeking to implement California’s  Multi-Tiered System of Support (CA MTSS). When schools choose to adopt UDL as their model for instruction, they create a system built on inclusion from the beginning, making for a robust and expansive core instructional experience that supports the widest breadth of learner. 

Speaking with CCEE’s Dr. James McKenna, Rhonda Marriott-Spencer from the Orange County Department of Education describes how UDL is integral to CA MTSS and our efforts to support the whole child.  

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Learn more about UDL and CA MTSS  by watching the videos below. To go deeper, check out the resources listed under “Ways to Learn More”.

UDL and CA MTSS: Part 1

Orange County Department of Education’s Rhonda Marriott-Spencer joins CCEE’s James McKenna for the first of a series of videos connecting Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and California’s Multitiered System of Supports (CA MTSS). 

UDL and CA MTSS: Part 2

Rhonda Marriott-Spencer gives some background on CA’s Multitiered System of Support and how it supports the whole child.

UDL and CA MTSS: Part 3

OCDE’s Rhonda Marriott-Spencer and CCEE’s James McKenna discuss how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is integrated into every tier of CA MTSS, UDL’s relationship to Differentiated Instruction, and where people can get support for their UDL journey.

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