According to the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based set of principles to guide the design of learning environments that are accessible and effective to all. In order to impact different type of learners UDL focuses on multiple means of representation, multiple means of action, expression and multiple means of engagement. The video, Universal Design for Learning in Physical Education, features strategies based on the UDL framework and specific to physical education. The strategies shown in the video were obtained from the Lieberman-Brian Inclusion Rating Scale (LIRSPE).
Lieberman-Brian Inclusion Rating Scale (LIRSPE)
LIRSPE is a tool that can be used to support educators when planning, instructing and assessing students, so that all students, including those with disabilities, can be active and contributing members in physical education (PE). The tool addresses multiple components of the classroom environment such as support, equipment options, and classroom management protocols that will ensure students are accessing the curriculum and learning the content in accordance with the SHAPE America grade level outcomes. The LIRSPE can be used to help strengthen programs by identifying areas in need of improvement. The tool can be used in teacher education programs to help pre-service teachers learn about inclusive physical education environments or it can be used for practicing teachers to examine and/or evaluate the teaching environment. Most importantly, the tool will support teaching professionals in making lifetime physical activity a priority for all students.
Download the tools:
- Click to download the LIRSPE Scale
- Click to download the LIRSPE Rubric
- Click to download the LIRSPE Publication
For more information on the tool or for support implementing inclusive practices please contact:
Lauren Lieberman, PhD
Michelle Grenier, PhD
Ali Brian, PhD, CAPE
1. Lieberman, L., Brian, A., & Grenier, M. (2017). The Lieberman Brian Inclusion Rating Scale for Physical Education. European Physical Education Review, 1356336X17733595.
2. Lieberman, L. J., & Houston-Wilson, C. (2018). Strategies for inclusion: Physical education for everyone. Human Kinetics. Access at: http://www.humankinetics.com/products/all-products/strategies-for-inclusion-with-web-resource-3rd-edition.
3. Until learning has no limits. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from http://www.cast.org/