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Universal Design for Learning: Exploring UDL Through Cycles of Design, Action, and Reflection

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Monday, September 21 – Sunday, November 1, 2020

Online Support
November 2, 2020 – May 23, 2021

Please note: This virtual event is hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education Professional Education. Applications must go through HGSE Professional Education.

Priority Application Deadline
Friday, August 21, 2020

Final Application Deadline
Friday, September 7, 2020

Team enrollment is encouraged. Early application is strongly recommended as applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

We look forward to collaborating with participants who have a basic understanding of UDL, who are eager to deepen their UDL practice, and who are motivated to develop into UDL leaders at their schools. Please note that a strong background in UDL is not required, and we will offer background UDL resources prior to the start of the program.


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To address the remarkable variability among students in today’s classrooms, educators are increasingly turning to Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL offers a framework for guiding the design of learning opportunities that are inclusive and challenging for all learners.

In collaboration with CAST, a nonprofit organization that has pioneered the development of Universal Design for Learning, Professional Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) now offers Universal Design for Learning: Exploring UDL Through Cycles of Design, Action, and Reflection. By participating in this blended program including a foundational residential institute and an interactive online support network that continues throughout the school year that follows, participants will deepen their understanding and application of UDL. Participants will be supported to design and iterate on an action plan that addresses a problem of practice from a UDL perspective, and receive continuous support in implementing, reflecting on, and refining their action plan. Further, participants will build connections and become a part of a community that will support them to deepen and sustain their UDL practice into the future.

Guided by faculty from HGSE and CAST, the program includes a virtual institute held across six weeks from September 21 to November 1, 2020, and a seven-month Interactive Support Network beginning in November 2020 and continuing through May 2021.

Learn more and apply today