Providing high quality education is a matter of social justice, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an innovative framework that supports all learners –regardless of socioeconomic, cultural, gender, language, cognitive, physical, and emotional background— by providing exceptional, rigorous learning opportunities. UDL proactively infuses opportunities for learners to overcome barriers and ensure that “learning has no limits.”
Please join us for CAST’s 3rd Annual UDL Symposium, where we will:
- Share new research around UDL as it relates to social justice
- Innovate strategies to design learning opportunities that address the needs of all learners
- Connect with educators, researchers, designers, policy makers, technology specialists, and administrators from around the world to discuss UDL and social justice
- All materials (most materials will be provided digitally)
- Daily continental breakfast
- Lunch and refreshment break on Days 1 and 2
- Afternoon reception on Day 2
Upon completion of the Symposium, participants will receive an official CAST certificate.
University of Massachusetts Boston
July 31-August 2, 2017
Days 1 & 2: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Day 3: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$695 Early Bird Special! Register by May 15, 2017 and save $100 of the regular Symposium rate. (Rate after May 15 is $795.) A 10% discount is offered to teams of three or more people from the same organization who register together.
Featured Symposium Presenters
We will be updating this section frequently, so please check back for updates!
The complete list of presenters and the full Symposium agenda will be available in March.
Symposium Sessions and Presenters
|Access and Transition within Post-Secondary for Marginalized Learners – Tracy Whitfield|
|Applying UDL for Social Justice in Teacher Preparation – Liz Hartman, Janet Sauer, Maggie Hayes, and Sandy Ho|
|Applying UDL for Social Justice to Teacher Training – Janet Sauer|
|Breaking Down Barriers with BreakoutEDU Boxes – Nick Williams and Katie Putnam|
|Closing the Achievement Gap through Universally Designed Leadership – Kristin Rodriguez|
|Creating Safe Spaces with UDL – Stephanie Craig|
|Creating Space for Multilingualism and Social Justice – Mercy Ikua|
|Danger of Teaching from a Dominant Cultural Narrative (TED Talk) – Zach Smith|
|Design Thinking Workshop for Culturally Responsive Teaching – Daniel Yoo|
|Designing for Cultural and Linguistic Variability – Patti Ralabate|
|Developing Online Courses with UDL for Students with Learning Disabilities – Chris Murphy|
|Developing Universally Designed Summative On-screen Assessments – Kala Parasuram|
|Diverse Literacies: Tech for Voice and Choice – Sarah Schroeder|
|Empowering Teachers to Enable Social Justice with UDL – Amir Bar|
|Encouraging UDL Innovation Among Novice Teachers – Jude Wolf|
|Expert Artist, Expert Leaner: Exploring the Artist Practice – Elizabeth Fortin and Timmary Leary|
|From UDL to UDSP – Marisol Moreno-Anngarita|
|How to Move from Access to Community – Chris Lanterman and Matthew Minister|
|Integrating UDL and SIOP to Pursue Social Justice – Amber Gentile|
|Investigating our Own Variability: Beliefs and Behavior – Loui Lord Nelson|
|J’s Story, a Journey through Addiction and Back – Lori Kiteala|
|Keep it Real – Patrick Tannish|
|Learning for All: Wisely Using Data and Meeting – Megan Van Fossan and Erica Kolat|
|Locating Unconscious Bias in our UDL Practice – Safire DeJong and Suzanne Judson-Whitehouse|
|Music as a Conduit to Learning and Self-expression for Individuals with High Support Needs – Alexis Reid|
|New Hampshire’s Vision Social Justice Through the Student Wellness Through the UDL Lens – Mary Lane, Mary Steady, and Kirk Behnke|
|One Size Does Not Fit All – Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles|
|Pedagogy of Inclusion: UDL in the PSCI College Classroom – Erika Cornelius Smith|
|Personalized Learning Fosters Social Justice for All Students – Elizabeth Schneider and Dr. Winsome Waite|
|Planning for Social Justice with Mindset and UDL – Susan Granquist-Steinhauser|
|Planning UDL Lessons for Populations with Unique Needs – Betty Schreiber|
|Pursuing Social Justice through Collaboration and Autonomy – Adam Deleidi, Nate Meyers, and Sarah Morrison|
|Social Justice, One Brain at a Time! – Lisa care|
|Stay Woke: Learning Without Limits – James-Etta Goodloe and Jennifer Pusateri|
|Strategies and Tools to Develop a Positive Classroom Culture – Matt Bergman|
|Supporting Learners with Special Needs through UDL Framework – Karen DiAngelis|
|Supporting Occupational Therapy Students with Certification Exam Accommodations – Vince Dinh|
|The Global UDL Virtual Classroom: Researching Cultural Perspectives – Frances Smith|
|The Intersection of Culturally Responsive Teaching and UDL for ELLs – Melissa Katz|
|The Role of Executive Function in Adolescents with Neurocognitive or Mental Health Challenges – Alexis Reid|
|The UDL Journey Begins with One Step – Matt Bergman|
|Three Teachers’ Journey: A General, Special and ELL Pilot – Amy Brown|
|Toward Emotionally Accessible TTS Delivery of Online Learning – Garron Hillaire|
|UDL and Assistive Technologies for Students with ADHD and SLD – Betty Schreiber|
|UDL and Social Justice: Teacher Preparation Program Redesign – Jonathan Briener|
|UDL to Address Contextual, Non-academic Barriers to Success – Alice Ray|
|UDL: Access for High-risk Learners for College Prep – Doreen Engel|
|Underserved Learners: Who Are We Talking About? – Jayne Plester|
|Universal Design for Learning as a Framework for Social Justice – Kavita Venkatesh|
|Universal Design: A Cornerstone for Social Justice – Beth Goodrich|
|Using Peer-mediated Literacy Instruction to Promote Inclusion – Allie Tasch|
|Using UDL in an Unprecedented Time of Uncertainty – Jennie Schaff|
|What Does UDL Look Like in Higher Education Learning? – Christine Panarese|
“The UDL Symposium was such a great opportunity for me to ‘refresh’ my knowledge and understanding of UDL. With such diverse speakers and participants, I experienced UDL as interpreted through many different lenses and my knowledge was enhanced by the experiences and perspectives of all who attended. I love choice, and having choice of varied learning sessions supported my own personal interests and professional needs in UDL. Taking these three days to ‘live’ UDL was a great decision for me. This experience will really pay off in my work, and my future thinking about UDL.”Elizabeth Dalton, Ph.D.
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Travel and Hotel
Be sure to arrange your own transportation and hotel. If arriving by air, please use Boston’s Logan Airport.
UMass Boston is accessible via public transportation (Boston’s MBTA, known locally as “The T”). Take the Red Line to the JFK/UMass stop. Visit UMass Boston’s Getting Here page for detailed directions.
A room block has been set up at the following hotel:
DoubleTree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside
240 Mt. Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02125
Single/Double: $219/night plus tax
Triple: $239/night plus tax
Quad: $259/night plus tax
To book a room, please call the hotel directly at 617-822-3600 and ask for the CAST UDL Symposium 2017 room block.
For additional hotel information, please visit the hotel’s website.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
All cancellations must be made in writing via fax, email, or mail 10 business days prior to the first day of the Symposium. A full refund, minus a $35 processing fee, will be issued at that time. Cancellations made within 10 business days of the Symposium cannot be refunded (this includes no-shows). Substitute registrations are encouraged.