Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
School of Education
Loyola University Chicago
UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING: AN EXAMINATION OF LEADERSHIP PROMOTING STUDENT LEARNING FOR ALL
This study examines the intersection of leadership, Universal Design for Learning and a framework for continuous improvement. Universal Design for Learning is a tool that unites beliefs and actions to address the needs of all children in our educational systems. We fall short in our efforts to close the learning gaps for children with disabilities, children of lower income and children of differing racial and ethnic backgrounds. Universal Design for Learning demonstrates a commitment to proactively addressing the variability of learners so that all children are meaningfully engaged in the learning process. The research provides insight to the issues of equity and inclusivity through an examination of leadership and the shared beliefs, actions and continuous improvement that school districts seek to be successful in meeting the needs of all children.
How does a superintendent or district leader promote and utilize Universal Design for Learning to effectively meet the needs of all learners? What are the specific roles, attributes and functions of a District office leader that enable a clarity of focus on positive outcomes for all learners? What have been the leadership skills and goals that have been applied to school reform efforts? Universal Design for Learning provides an approach that holds promise as a system organizer that assures equitable access and successful learning outcomes for all students. Are there identifiable beliefs, actions, leadership styles and leadership strategies that promote a student centered, curriculum that supports learner variability? These research questions identify a need to address the intersection of leadership and Universal Design for Learning into actionable and usable knowledge linked to authentic contexts. Understanding the dynamic interplay of leadership and Universal Design for Learning in authentic contexts provides insight and recommendations that relate to leadership skill development, organizational leadership and policy recommendations.
Ryan-Toye, Martha, "Universal Design for Learning: An Examination of Leadership Promoting Student Learning for All" (2018). Dissertations. 2849.
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