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Bryan Dean

UDL Innovation Specialist
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Bryan Dean is CAST's Innovation Specialist. Bryan has been working with hard-to-reach students with emotional impairments, conduct disorder, behavioral difficulties, and low interest for more than 20 years. Bryan has experience designing professional learning around learner experience design, specially-designed instruction, Universal Design for Learning, new teacher induction, Design Thinking, deep learning, and strategies for students in emotional dysregulation. In addition to the designing of professional learning, he has designed virtual learning environments, worked on longitudinal system implementation and design, designed organizational culture and climate/culture change models, and developed a unique UDL coaching system based on appreciative and ontological coaching matrices.

Beyond the age of information, there is the age of choices.

Charles Eames, A Computer Perspective: Background to the Computer Age, New Edition

My Inspiration

For me, this is the essence of Learning Design and UDL. The information exists and has been catalogued. How we choose to use, iterate upon, and learn from it is what defines our future as humans.


M.A.T. Educational Technology, Curriculum, and Instruction, Madonna University
M. A. Teaching and Learning (k12A), Madonna University
B.A. English Language Arts (6-12), Eastern Michigan University
B.A. Special Education Emotionally Impaired (K-26), Eastern Michigan University

Selected Publications

Dillon, B. & Dean, B. (2019, December). A Conversation with Bryan Dean on Designing Effective School SystemsHelp Me Understand Podcast. Retrieved from

Jacobs, L. & Dean, B. (2019, August). Space futurist Bryan Dean... that's learning space, not outer spaceEducation Talk Radio Pre K–20 Podcast. Retrieved from

McGregor, K. (2019, October 23). Classroom design is the next frontier in universal designElle Decor. Retrieved from

Hanna, S. (2018, April 16). Re-thinking UDL: an educational operating system? TextHelp Education Blog. Retrieved from

Erickson, B. & Dean, B. (2016, May 11). 5 insights about Universal Design for Learning. AtlasNext Blog. Retrieved from

Selected Presentations

Rise of the Influencer
UDL Talk with Joni Degner, 2019 UDL-IRN International Summit

Leveraging Agile Space to Champion Learner Variability
UDL Talk, 2019 UDL-IRN International Summit

UDL: Beyond Framework to Educational Operating System
End of Average Talk, 2018 UDL-IRN International Summit

UDL-IRN Ask Me Anything Interviews

Allison Posey
February 27, 2017

Kathleen McClaskey
March 8, 2017

Jamie Basham
September 21, 2017

David Rose
October 9, 2016

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