Announcing: CAST's 1st Annual UDL Symposium!

Meet and network with others who are excited about UDL!

Explore Exciting New Topics Such as UDL and Learning Analytics

Building Community around UDL: From Theory to Practice

August 10 – 12, 2015

The 1st Annual CAST UDL Symposium was a hit! Check out some of the social media highlights from the event:

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Symposium Description

Join educators, administrators, and researchers from K-12 and higher education to work with leading UDL experts to explore the latest in brain research, teaching practices, and curriculum design.

Become an active member of the growing UDL community:

  • Hear about and discuss new research that supports the UDL Guidelines

  • Learn creative UDL implementation strategies

  • Explore innovative tools and resources to bring UDL to life in your work

  • Share your work and experience with the growing UDL field

Presenters will include experts in UDL practice, research, instructional design, and learning analytics. Participants will be invited to actively construct and share strategies and experiences throughout the discussions.

Upon completion of the Symposium, participants will receive an official CAST certificate. 

Symposium Topics and Speakers

Symposium Topics/Sessions Include:

  • UDL design for learner variability
  • UDL implementation in schools, districts, states, and higher education settings
  • Assistive technology, accessible materials, and the UDL Principles
  • Student engagement and data visualization
  • Affect and engagement
  • UDL and higher education

Symposium speakers include CAST Professional Learning experts, Research Scientists, Instructional Designers, CAST Professional Learning Cadre members, and more!


August 10-12, 2015


Days 1 & 2: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Day 3: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Peggy Coyne

Peggy Coyne

CAST Staff Member, Kim Ducharme, Director of Design

Kim Ducharme

CAST staff member, Mindy Johnson, Instructional Designer/Research Associate

Mindy Johnson

Nicole Tucker-Smith

Nicole Tucker-Smith

CAST staff member, Rachel Currie-Rubin, Research Scientist/Professional Learning Instructional Designer

Rachel Currie-Rubin

Miriam Evans

Miriam Evans

CAST staff member, Grace Meo, Senior Director of Professional Learning and Outreach Services

Grace Meo

CAST Staff Member, Joy Zabala, Director of Technical Assistance, CAST & National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

Joy Zabala

Bryan Dean

Bryan Dean

CAST staff member, Garron Hillaire, Educational Software Architect

Garron Hillaire

CAST Staff Member, Allison Posey, Professional Learning Associate

Allison Posey

Adam Deleidi

Adam Deleidi

CAST staff member, Richard Jackson, Senior Research Scientist

Richard Jackson

David Rose

Additional symposium speakers, speaker bios, topics and pictures will be continually added to this page so check back for updates!

Symposium Registration Fee

$695 Early Bird Special! Register by June 15 and save $100 of the regular symposium rate. (Rate after June 15 is $795.)

Registration fee includes:

  • All materials (most materials will be provided digitally)
  • An optional afternoon reception at CAST on Tuesday, August 11
  • Buffet breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks on Days 1-2, and buffet breakfast and refreshment breaks on Day 3.

A 10% discount is offered to teams of three or more people from the same organization who register together.

View Additional Symposium Information Below

Who Should Enroll?

Educators (general, special education, curriculum coordinators, administrators, instructional technology specialists, paraprofessionals, college and university faculty, adult education faculty and presenters, etc.), teams of educators at all levels, designers, and anyone who is interested in:

  • Hearing about and discussing new research that supports the UDL Guidelines

  •  Learning creative UDL implementation strategies

  • Exploring innovative tools and resources to bring UDL to life in their work

  • Sharing their work and experience with the growing UDL field

This symposium is also open to parents who are interested in learning about UDL and how it can benefit their children.

Location of the Symposium

The symposium is being held at the Four Points by Sheraton Wakefield/Boston Hotel & Conference Center in Wakefield, Massachusetts.  Located just 10 miles north of Boston, Wakefield is conveniently located at the intersection of two major highways (I-93 and I-95/128), and is easily accessible by commuter rail (MBTA) from Boston. Wakefield is also less than 20 miles from the charming seaside communities of the North Shore.

Travel and Hotel

Be sure to arrange your own transportation and hotel. If arriving by air, please use Boston’s Logan Airport.

A room block has been set up at the Four Points by Sheraton.  The group rate of $124/night is valid through July 10, and availability is limited.  Please call the hotel directly at 781-245-9300 and mention CAST.

Need airport transportation?
VSP Livery Service Inc., dba Boston Mini transportation service

Wakefield Taxi

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 conference. A full refund, minus a $35 processing fee, will be issued at that time. Cancellations made within 10 business days of the conference cannot be refunded (this includes “no-shows”). Substitute registrations are encouraged. Please fax canceling and substitute registrants’ names, addresses, phone numbers, and methods of payment to 781-245-5212.

Contact Us With Questions Regarding This Symposium

Contact Leslie O’Callaghan at 781-245-2212, ext 273 or by email: