CAST National Consortium on Universal Design for Learning News

An Electronic Newsletter

Issue Number 33: Fall 2012

Greetings To All,

Please take a few moments to check out “what’s new” in our Consortium newsletter. As you may know, the CAST staff is most interested to hear about the successes and challenges that you face as you implement Universal Design for Learning. Send me an email so that I can share your stories with staff. I look forward to hearing from you,


CAST Announces its Fall UDL Institute!
Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Addressing the Variability of All Learners - What educators need to know about UDL

November 1-2, 2012 at CAST in Wakefield, MA

This institute highlights UDL, emphasizing the UDL guidelines and their application to practice, including: Connections between learning and neuroscience; the three UDL principles and related benchmarks and checkpoints; the curriculum framework of goals, methods, materials, and assessment as a structure for designing lessons; examples of practice that illustrate alignment of UDL to curriculum; and hands-on exploration of technologies that support UDL and understanding that UDL is a change initiative.

Audience: This institute is designed for individuals and teams of K-12 educators.

Click here for more information and to register.

New Book: A Research Reader in Universal Design for Learning
Authors Gabrielle Rappolt-Schlichtmann, Sami Daley, and Todd Rose present a fascinating and inventive book that surveys the UDL research field in comprehensive detail while pointing - in imaginative and necessary ways - to crucial research undertakings yet to come.

New Book: UDL in the Classroom: Practical Applications
CAST’s Tracey Hall and colleagues show how to apply UDL across all subject areas and grade levels in clear language filled with examples. This book is part of the What Works for Special-Needs Learners Series, edited by Karen R. Harris and Steve Graham.

Renaming the UDL Guidelines Checklist to UDL Guidelines Worksheet
Download the newly posted version of the UDL Guidelines Worksheet and easily link information about the guidelines and the checkpoints.

New Paper: Rose and Gravel (2012). Curricular Opportunities in the Digital Age
David Rose and Jenna Gravel explore how new digital technologies can be used to design curricula that are flexible enough to respond to learner variability.

Download paper.

UDL Highlights
Take a tour of UDL Highlights with guiding questions about UDL resources offered at CAST and the National Center websites.

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Grace J. Meo
Director, Professional Development and Outreach Services