Building UDL Community and Practice around Engagement

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Symposium Description

Engagement is essential for learning.

How do we design learning experiences that engage all learners?

Join us at CAST’s second annual UDL Symposium. Together we’ll explore the latest research and UDL strategies for motivating and engaging learners. The Symposium brings together curriculum designers, technology leaders, researchers, educators, administrators and advocacy groups. Presenters include experts in UDL practice, research, instructional design, and learning analytics. Attendees will be active participants, constructing and sharing strategies and experiences.

At the Symposium participants and speakers will engage in a variety of session types to:

  • Discuss new research around the UDL Engagement Guidelines
  • Learn creative UDL implementation strategies around engagement
  • Explore innovative tools and resources to bring UDL to life in your work

Click the link below to see the full agenda and to learn more about presenters and sessions:

By the close of the Symposium, each of us will walk away more informed, ready to contribute to building a UDL community, and further enhance our UDL Engagement practices.

Help your students become more purposeful in their learning.

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

Symposium Location

Harvard Law School Campus Cambridge, Massachusetts


August 8-10, 2016


Day 1: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Day 2: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., with a reception from 3:30 – 5:oo p.m.
Day 3: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Featured Presenters Include:

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)
  • Daily continental breakfast and refreshment breaks

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

Check out Highlights from the 2015 UDL Symposium!

“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.

Watch a Quick Video Recap of the 2015 Symposium!

Check Out Social Media Highlights from Last Year!

View Additional Symposium Information Below

Travel and Hotel

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

Harvard Law School is accessible via public transportation (Boston’s MBTA, known locally as “The T”).  Take the Red Line to the Harvard Square stop.

Room blocks have been set up at the Sheraton Commander Hotel and the Harvard Square Hotel.  Each hotel is located just a few minutes’ walk to Harvard Law School, where the 2nd Annual UDL Symposium will be held.  (For a listing of additional Cambridge hotels, click here.)

Sheraton Commander Hotel:
16 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Group Rates:
Single/double: $249/night plus tax. Triple: $269/night plus tax. Quad: $289/night plus tax.  Discounted daily valet parking rate of $31 for hotel guests.

Book a Room:
The group rate is SOLD OUT.  
 To book the best available rate online, click the button below.

Harvard Square Hotel:
110 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA  02138

Group Rate:
Single/double: $299/night plus tax.  Overnight parking rate of $35 for hotel guests. *Availability is limited.*

Book a Room:
Call the hotel directly at 1-800-458-5886 and mention the group name CAST’s 2nd Annual UDL Symposium (group code 491697).

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.

Contact Us With Questions Regarding This Symposium

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