In 2014, Denise DeCoste presented a session entitled Making the Transition from Planning to Implementation: Essential Logistics. Within the session, Denise presented on how a large school district (Montgomery County Public Schools) moved from discussions around UDL implementation to actual UDL implementation. Within the published proceeding she provided a step-by-step understanding for supporting initial implementation, including a survey that was used to help in the implementation process.
It is easy to get stuck in the exploratory and planning phase of UDL. Whether you are implementing UDL as a district- wide mandate, or growing UDL from the ground up, one school at a time, making the shift to real-world UDL implementation requires attention to logistics. This paper discusses the variables affecting the early phases of UDL implementation. It then describes the preparation phase in one school district where UDL was implemented school by school. It covers the selection of schools and school-based leaders, as well as the role of UDL consultants and principals. A timeline of preparation tasks is also outlined.