TASK FORCE TO EXPLORE THE INCORPORATION OF THE PRINCIPLES OF
UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING
INTO THE EDUCATION SYSTEMS IN MARYLAND

Denise C. DeCoste, Ed.D., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Maritza Gonsalez Andrade; Denise C. DeCoste, Ed.D.; Corinna E. Lathan, Ph.D.; Richelle M. Sabia, Esq.; Janet S. Wilson.

Appointed by Senate President: one vacancy

Appointed by House Speaker: James W. Gilchrist

Appointed by President, State Board of Education: Donna Hill Staton, Esq.

Appointed by Assistant State Superintendents of Education: Trinell Bowman; Fran Sorin; Susan C. Spinnato.

Appointed by Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland: William R. Hite, Jr., Ed.D.

Appointed by Maryland Association of Boards of Education: Frank J. Aquino

Appointed by Maryland State Education Association: Anne Marie Foerster Luu; Joan C. Sabree; Mikki Senn; Sandra Skordalos; Matilde Vallejos.

Appointed by Chair, Maryland Higher Education Commission: Michelle A. Cooper, Ph.D.

Ex officio: Paul Dunford, designee of State Superintendent of Schools; Nancy S. Shapiro, Ph.D., designee of Chancellor, University of Maryland System; Susan Russell, designee of Director, Governor's Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Staff: Fran Sorin; Sharon A. West.

c/o Division of Special Education & Early Intervention Services
State Department of Education
Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building, 200 West Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201 - 2595
(410) 767-0254; (410) 767-0237
e-mail: fsorin@msde.state.md.us

The Task Force to Explore the Incorporation of the Principles of Universal Design for Learning into the Education Systems in Maryland was authorized on July 1, 2010 (Chapters 305 & 306, Acts of 2010).

Universal Design for Learning is a recognized, scientifically valid framework that starts from the premise that the minds of students receive information differently, respond to it in different ways, and learn differently. Therefore, flexibility is built into the curriculum, not added later, reducing barriers to instruction while maintaining high expectations for all students, including those with disabilities or limited English language skills. The Task Force studied the effectiveness of Universal Design for Learning, and the feasibility of applying its principles to the educational systems in Maryland.

The Task Force submitted its report in March 2011.

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