Staff Development


This is what we call evaluation or assessment, and can include finding alternative ways to give assignments or tests. UDL encourages us to

  • Provide alternative methods for students to demonstrate their understanding and mastery of a topic or subject
  • Reduce the effect of media barriers to a student's expression of knowledge. In the LD world we find that students may have "expressive language disorders." Many of these disorders seriously impair a student's ability to demonstrate their knowledge through writing and related activities.
  • Allow a student to demonstrate mastery through his/her preferred learning modality or natural intelligence [reference Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory]
  • Allow problem solving using a variety of strategies
  • Compose in multiple media such as text, speech, film, music, dance/movement, visual art, illustration
  • Design and/or use physical manipulatives e.g. 3-D models
  • Use social media and interactive web tools: discussion forums, annotation tools, storyboards, animation presentations

The "project grid" below provides a good illustration of how the mastery of a certain topic can be demonstrated a variety of ways. If you are concerned about learning outcomes related to the traditional verbal-linguistic (writing) modality, you could have the student do one that requires writing and one that is more engaging for the student.

Industrial Revolution Tic-Tac-Toe


Find pictures (or create your own) of working conditions during the industrial revolution age (1800s) and photos from our current time. Put them together in a collage using multimedia (Ex. an online photo album, PowerPoint, scrapbook, etc.). Minimum of 20 pictures. Include descriptive captions with your pictures.


Research current child labor laws in the U.S. and then consider: Should there be stiffer legislation or stricter monitoring? What about rules for work hours, duties, and interference with school work? Punishments for violators? Write a letter to a policy maker or editor expressing your opinions (citing your research).


Create a soundtrack of at least ten songs that show the working and living conditions during the industrial revolution and/or today. Themes you might include are sickness, stress, low pay, pollution, etc. Design the cover of the CD as well as an explanation of why you selected those songs.


Write and produce a movie based on the life of someone living during the industrial revolution. The person can be a member of the working poor, a wealthy capitalist, a middle class individual, a child laborer, etc. You can act out the movie or use software to produce it.


Working conditions still vary widely depending on the type of work and where it is located. Research and create a top-ten list of global companies with a reputation for high-quality working conditions. Define your criteria and defend your list. Create a recruitment ad for one of the companies.


Create a series of charts that show rapid urban growth during the industrial revolution. Include information on population, productivity, average life span, pollution information, etc. Create the same series of charts that show rapid urban growth for modern times.


Poor and crowded living conditions during the Industrial Revolution led to the spread of illnesses such as cholera. Research the causes, symptoms, and treatments for cholera. Create a public service campaign about the illness, including posters, brochures or commercials.


Many inventions were created during the Industrial Revolution. These include the seed drill, cotton gin, steam engines, telephone, sewing machine, Morse Code, railroad, etc. Select three and create instructional/user manuals for the inventions.

Creative Writing

Imagine that you are living during the early years of the Industrial Revolution. Choose to be a factory worker, a child laborer, or a working class mother. Write a series of diary entries for your character. Record your daily events including specific details about your life, feelings and emotions.


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Professional Development

Howard Blumenfeld
Professional Development Coordinator


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