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The 7th Annual CAST UDL Symposium: The Future Designed

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Symposium

Dates
Wednesday, July 28 – Friday, July 30, 2021

On-demand tickets now available!

2020 was a year for the history books, challenging us to make unexpected changes quickly. We also confirmed that dramatic change in teaching and learning is possible. But 2020 also illuminated barriers to learning like never before. How do we ensure that the future is intentionally planned in a way that achieves the outcomes we hope for?

The 7th Annual CAST UDL Symposium will highlight promising work taking place in the field and will also serve as a forum to think about how we can begin to intentionally design for a better future right now. This year's event is not about UDL as it has always been. It is about the dramatic changes that we hope to see in the future and the innovations that can lead us there. Join us for a virtual learning and networking experience filled with connected conversations that elevate our thinking around UDL and the future designed.

By engaging in remote sessions that encourage innovative ideas, systemic thinking, and application of theory to practice, participants will:

  • imagine new ways to improve the future of learning
  • be inspired to lead innovative change in our unique settings
  • examine how we unconsciously support systems that enable and reinforce barriers to equitable learning opportunities, along with strategies to minimize those barriers
  • challenge assumptions about schooling and learning for all

Make sure to check out our Live Event Schedule and listing of Pre-recorded Sessions.

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#UDLfuture Social Highlights

Follow and join the ongoing conversation using our hashtag #UDLfuture on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Our live event participants shared over 300 reflections, quotes, and questions over three days, expanding the learning alongside the greater education social community.

Get a taste of the live event sharing

Schedule

All times listed are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4).

Wednesday, July 28

  • 10:45 – 11:00 am ET: Opening Welcome
  • 11:00 – 11:30 am ET: Keynote
    • On Pedagogy As Protest
      Christopher Emdin, Ph.D.

      Associate Professor of Science Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm ET: Optional Breakout Session (Reflect & Connect on Keynote)
  • 12:00 – 12:50 pm ET: Break
  • 12:50 – 1:50 pm ET: Live Concurrent Sessions
    • Equity by Design: The Power & Promise of UDL
      Mirko Chardin
    • Designing from the Margins: Deepening UDL with Design Thinking
      Kara Imm & Rachel Lambert
    • Beyond Talk about Black Equity: Quantum Ten (Q10) Integrated Framework
      Talisa Sullivan
    • We're Game for It: Using Game-Based Assessment to Support Learners
      Anat Eshed & Cat Flynn
  • 1:50 – 2:10 pm ET: Break
  • 2:10 – 3:10 pm ET: Live Concurrent Sessions
    • Improve the Future of Learning with Technology: The Whys and Hows of Inclusive Technology Leadership
      Janet Peters & Maggie Pickett
    • Inclusive Classrooms: Using the UDL Framework to Create Engaging Assignments
      Kathleen J. Kennedy
    • Exploring the Intersection of UDL and Anti-Racist Practice
      Liz Berquist & Lisa Williams
    • Socialized to Learn
      Corey Lott
  • 3:10 – 4:00 pm ET: Break
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET: Live Concurrent Sessions
    • Introducing the UDL School Implementation and Certification Criteria
      Sue Hardin, Steve Nordmark, Allison Posey & Shauntā Singer
    • Using a Physical Programming Language in Elementary Computer Science Instruction
      Joe Hodge & Jim Sullivan
    • How Has The Pandemic Affected The UDL Agenda in Higher Education? Perspectives From Across Campus and EdTech
      Dave Tucker & Paddy Heaton
    • Networking & Discussion Groups
      CAST Staff
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm ET: Choose from multiple pre-recorded sessions

Thursday, July 29

  • 10:45 – 11:00 am ET: Welcome
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET: Keynote
    • Designing to Make the Heart Sing: How Inclusion Can Promote Innovation
      Luis Pérez

      Technical Assistance Specialist, CAST
  • 12:00 – 12:50 pm ET: Break
  • 12:50 – 1:50 pm ET: Live Concurrent Sessions
    • A critical reflection on academic language/conventions: Dismantling inequitable systems
      Bhupinder Gill, Elizabeth Gowan & Sarika R. Narinesingh
    • Providing Students Agency During Formative Assessment Design and Implementation
      Robert P. Dolan & Kim Ducharme
    • Designing the Future to Be Accessible
      Cynthia Curry & Luis Pérez
    • Educating the Whole Child: Where UDL & SEL Intersect
      Lisa Bosio
  • 1:50 – 2:10 pm ET: Break
  • 2:10 – 3:10 pm ET: Live Concurrent Sessions
    • Measuring Up: Challenging Assessment Practices in Schools in Service of Equity
      Emily Art & Lauren LeBental
    • How can UDL interrupt the school to prison pipeline?
      Melissa Sanjeh
    • Yeah, But How Do I actually DO UDL?: UDL as a Troubleshooting Guide
      Jennifer Pusateri
    • Rather than surviving, how do we thrive? Understanding the role of emotion and executive function in learning
      Alexis Reid
  • 3:10 – 4:00 pm ET: Break
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET: Live Concurrent Sessions
    • Techquity Panel: Perspectives from the Field
      Joni Degner, Bryan Dean, Mirko Chardin, Loui Lord Nelson & Liz Berquist
    • Diving Deeper into the UDL Credentials
      Sue Hardin, Steve Nordmark, Allison Posey & Shauntā Singer
    • Student Choice: Developing Student Self-Awareness for Decision Making and Self-Efficacy in a UDL Classroom
      Nancy Weinstein
    • Networking & Discussion Groups
      CAST Staff
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm ET: Choose from multiple pre-recorded sessions

Friday, July 30

  • 10:45 – 11:00 am ET: Welcome
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET: Keynote Panel
    • What Education Could Be: Envisioning & Living into a Learner-Centered Future
      Peter McWalters, Senior Advisor, Education Reimagined
      Alin Bennett, Vice President of Practice and Field Advancement, Education Reimagined
      Izzy Fitzgerald, Student Advocate
      Mason Power, D39 Learner + Speaker
      Victoria Able, Full-time Student at McDaniel College
  • 12:00 – 12:50 pm ET: Break
  • 12:50 – 1:50 pm ET: Live Concurrent Sessions
    • Can UDL and Special Education Work Together?
      Allison Posey & Deborah Taub
    • Programs, Courses, Projects, Lessons: Reshaping High School Content for Equity
      Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles & Catherine Saldutti
    • Universal Design for "Deeper Learning": Authentic Learning for Immigrant and Refugee Students
      Libby Oehrlein
    • Dismantling Barriers: Using Identity to Plan for Equitable Learning Experiences
      Jennifer Borrelli & Robin Williams
  • 1:50 – 2:10 pm ET: Break
  • 2:10 – 3:10 pm ET: Live Concurrent Sessions
    • Two-eyed seeing: seeing the strengths of multiple perspectives
      Bruce Mckay & Jennefer Rousseau
    • Starting Young: Meeting the Needs of African American Girls During the Early Years
      Bweikia Steen
    • UDL in Large-Scale Assessment: Facilitating Innovative, Engaging Assessments for All
      Meagan Karvonen & Lindsay Ruhter
    • Assessing Cognitive and SEL Skills to Design for Equity
      Robert P. Dolan, Jess Gropen & Nancy Weinstein
  • 3:10 – 4:00 pm ET: Break
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET: Closing Keynote
    • Design for the Future: Prefrontal Cortex, Unconscious Bias, and the Hope of the UDL Guidelines
      David Rose, co-founder of CAST & Chief Education Officer, Emeritus
      Jenna Gravel, Director of Research & Curriculum for CAST Professional Learning
      Nicole Tucker-Smith, Founder and CEO, Lessoncast

CAST is not responsible for the content of Symposium presentations. Views of the presenters are their own.

Pre-recorded Sessions

UDL Partners: A K-12 Higher Education Partnership Committed to Equity
Erin Barry, Lauren Benfield, Mary Budzilowicz, Amber Gentile, Jesse Gluckman, Sarah Misner & Ronald. W. Whitaker II

Investigación: atención a la diversidad en contextos bi/multilingües
Marisol Patricia Saucedo Revollo Lage & Silvia Vinocur Kocinas

Are We Prepared to Support Executive Functions Online?
Liz Berquist, Lisa Beth Carey & Alison Pritchard

Removing Literacy Barriers with Visual Tools
Rachel Conover & Laura Galindo Sanz

Using Mathematical Routines that Honor and Develop Expert Learners
Mark Alcorn & Audrey Mendivil

The Future is Flexible: Future Directions for UDL Directed Systems Change
Matthew Love & Margaret Marschner

Minding Their Minds: Adapting UDL to Support Learner Mental Health
Lawrence White

Innovating for Equity: A Design Approach to an Anti-Racist Future
Kia Britt & Jo Ann Hanrahan

Applying Universal Design as a Pathway to Inclusive Career Education
Tricia Berry

Pandemic Silver Linings: What Educators Have Gained
Rebecca Blahus & Lorrie Hrycek

Innovations and Pedagogical Approaches for Inclusive Online Instruction
Robline Davey & Natalie Frandsen

Breathing Life, Variability, and Access into Instructional Coaching with UDL
Lizzie Fortin, Magdalena Ganias & Timmary Leary

One Change at a Time; How improvement Science can support UDL Implementation
Bethany Tipton Gillingham

Vulnerable conversations, a complex text, and online teaching: A triumphant trifecta
Loui Lord Nelson & Jennifer L Lord

What UDL Believes about Workplace Learning
James McKenna

Integrating Disability Rights into Professional Development to Shift Deficit Beliefs
Kara Imm & Rachel Lambert

There's no 'I" in Inclusion: Centering Learner Voice for Justness during the UDL Implementation Process
Frances (Hope) Ratcliff

Developing Systems of Support to Encourage Staff to Implement and Sustain UDL Practices in Secondary Schools
Hank Bohanon, Lisa Caputo Love & Kelly Morrissey

The Digital Learning UDL Playbook
Paul Swanson

Techquity: Checking Our Bias & Expanding Expert Learning to ALL
Joni Degner

Calling All Educators: Explore & pilot new edtech tool focused on UDL framework!
Sarah Schwartz & Hal Schwartz

CAST is not responsible for the content of Symposium presentations. Views of the presenters are their own.

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