Introduction to Universal Design for Learning:
Addressing the Variability of All Learners

A CAST Institute

Diverse group of primary aged students in elementary classroom

We know from experience and neuroscience that individuals learn in varied ways. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides educators with practical strategies and techniques to ensure that all learners can meet high expectations, such as the Common Core State Standards. In this introductory, boutique-style institute (enrollment is limited to 21), participants learn the research basis for UDL, practical applications of UDL to lesson design, and helpful technology tools that support flexible, inclusive instruction.


Using the UDL framework and its practical guidelines, participants will gain:

  • A working knowledge of the neuroscience of learning and how individual variability plays out in different educational environments

  • Guidelines and techniques to apply UDL principles to the design of lessons and curriculum units

  • Strategies on how to improve classroom practice and school culture by raising awareness of variability and UDL

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

To learn more about this institute, contact Madeline Reggiannini at


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“This UDL program will impact all of my lessons. I’ll now be focused on adding choices, thinking of different ways of engaging students and being cognizant of how I represent a new concept.”

Introduction to UDL Institute Participant


We offer our Introduction to UDL Institute each spring and fall.

Upcoming Dates:
Fall: October 3-4, 2019

Spring: April 16-17, 2020


9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


The Institute takes place at CAST in Wakefield, MA (scroll down for driving directions).

Registration Fee

A 10% discount is offered to teams of three or more people from the same institution.

Who Should Enroll?

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

  • How to address the learner variability in every classroom and school
  • How to support students to become expert learners
  • Cutting edge research from the learning sciences
  • How to implement UDL strategies into their practice

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

Getting to CAST

The institute is offered at CAST 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.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

All cancellations must be made 10 business days prior to the first day of the institute. A full refund, minus a $35 processing fee, will be issued at that time. Cancellations made within 10 days of the institute cannot be refunded (this includes no-shows). Substitute registrations are encouraged. Please email Madeline Reggiannini at if you need to cancel or substitute your registration.