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Culturally Responsive Design for English Learners: The UDL Approach


Patti Kelly Ralabate & Loui Lord Nelson



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About the Book

Patti Kelly Ralabate and Loui Lord Nelson—both influential early adopters of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)—braid two “hot” frameworks, Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) and UDL, to help teachers address the needs of English Learners in today’s classrooms.

With cultural and linguistic diversity in the classroom on the rise, educators are challenged to address the needs of English Learners “without diluting the focus of their educational goals and curriculum, and potentially sacrificing the progress of other students,” write Ralabate and Nelson.

Culturally Responsive Design for English Learners uses UDL, which addresses the innate brain-based differences of learners, and CRT, a pedagogy that responds to learners’ cultural differences, to design culturally responsive instruction that’s inclusive of all learners. These frameworks are also brought together to specifically address the learning needs faced by English Learners (ELs).

In this essential new resource, the authors provide scenarios, reflection questions, and classroom-based exercises to support responsive instruction. Learn to design and craft goals, methods, materials, and assessments that help ELs optimize their educational experience.

Culturally Responsive Design for English Learners: The UDL Approach is available in both paperback ($29.99, 232 pages, ISBN: 9781930583054) and ePUB ($29.99, ISBN: 9781930583061) format.

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About the Authors

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Patti Kelly Ralabate, EdD, is the author of the bestseller Your UDL Lesson Planner: The Step-by-Step Guide for Teaching All Learners (Paul H. Brookes, 2016) and former Director of Implementation at CAST, where she guided a multi-district UDL implementation initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She was the special education expert in the National Education Association’s policy and practice department, and an early partner in the National UDL Task Force that successfully brought UDL into federal policy. She has nearly three decades of teaching experience as a speech language pathologist and holds a doctorate in special education from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

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Loui Lord Nelson, PhD, is an international educational consultant who focuses on Universal Design for Learning. A former special education teacher, Loui provides guidance in UDL to schools, districts, state personnel, and universities across the globe and is the author of the top selling book, Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning (Paul H. Brookes, 2014), and A Tree for All (CAST, 2019).

You can follow her on twitter at @LouiLordNelson.

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Table of Contents

  • Figures and Tables
  • Acknowledgments
  • PART I: A Foundation for Culturally Responsive Design: How Culture, Context, and Language Shape Learning
    • Chapter 1: Culturally Responsive Design Matters
    • Chapter 2: Learner Variability and CLD Students/ELs
    • Chapter 3: Culturally Responsive Teaching and UDL
    • Chapter 4: The Culturally Responsive Learning Environment
  • PART II: Applying Culturally Responsive Design to Second- or Dual-Language Learning
    • Chapter 5: Dual-Language Learning and UDL
    • Chapter 6: Culturally Responsive Representation
    • Chapter 7: Context Matters
    • Chapter 8: Culturally Responsive Lesson Design
    • Chapter 9: The Policy Foundation
  • Glossary
  • References
  • Index
  • About the Authors

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