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The 8th Annual CAST UDL Symposium: Learner Voice

The 8th Annual CAST UDL Symposium: Learner Voice logo

Wednesday, July 27 – Friday, July 29, 2022

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Universal Design for Learning is founded on, and committed to, the fight for educational equity, until learning has no limits. At CAST, we believe true equity must involve the power of the voices of our learners. This year’s Symposium is designed to amplify those voices, particularly those who have been most marginalized by traditional educational systems. Learners’ voices must be lifted and made central to how we engage, teach, and assess learners, because each and every voice enriches learning for all.

Conference Goals

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

  • Imagine radical new ways to include learner voice in all aspects of their education across the lifespan.
  • Explore how assessments, post-secondary planning, and UDL implementation could include learner voice.
  • Be inspired to experiment with and implement new systems for empowering learners.
  • Examine ways in which we may unconsciously support systems that disadvantage or exclude certain students, and learn how learner voice can build racial and cultural equity.
  • Challenge their own assumptions about teaching, instruction, and learning.
  • Imagine innovative policies and practices for lifting up student voice in their work (no matter the context), and understanding student voice as the most necessary foundation of positive educational systemic change.

Check out our schedule of live and pre-recorded sessions!

Interested in a scholarship?

If the cost of the CAST UDL Symposium presents a barrier for your participation, please consider applying for our scholarship program.

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Ticket Purchase Information

Paying with a Purchase Order: If you are paying for your Symposium ticket with an invoice, Purchase Orders must be submitted at the time of registration to submit your order successfully. All Purchase Orders should be uploaded to the Purchase Order Submission Form at the time of registration.

Tuition Refund Policy: Cancellations made 30 days or more in advance of the event date will not be charged. Cancellations made within 30 days – 7 days in advance of the event date will be charged $100. There will be no refund issued for cancellations made within 7 days of the event.

Early bird pricing ends May 2, 2022.

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All times listed are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4). Sessions are subject to change. Don't forget to check out our pre-recorded sessions, too!

Wednesday, July 27

  • 10:45 – 11:00 am ET: Opening Welcome
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET: Keynote (Announcement soon!)
  • 12:00 – 12:50 pm ET: Break
  • 12:50 – 1:50 pm ET: Live Concurrent Sessions
    • Power and Empowerment: Honoring By Decision and Design
      Andratesha Fritzgerald
    • Uplifting Voices in Court and Community Schools
      Andrea Lemos & Marnie Lynch
    • Replacing power with flexible structure: Learner centered deadline policies in post-secondary
      Melissa Hills, Kim Peacock & Brittany Wiseman
    • Honoring and Valuing Student Feedback to Build Community in Online Learning
      Irma Gomez, Jenna Gravel, Monica Ng, Zach Smith & Carina Traub
  • 1:50 – 2:10 pm ET: Break
  • 2:10 – 3:10 pm ET: Live Concurrent Sessions
    • Supporting the UDL Mindset Shift in Educators
      Jennifer Pusateri
    • Inspiring Learner Voice Through Racial and Social Justice in UDL
      Samantha Abarca & Leena Bakshi
    • Engaging Learners and Families in Technology Planning: A Joint Panel Discussion
      Angel Morgan, Cameron Morgan, Robert P. Dolan, Leela Dolan & Maggie Pickett
    • EF & Affect: Supporting Students to Learn How to Learn
      Alexis Reid
  • 3:10 – 4:00 pm ET: Break
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET: Live Concurrent Sessions
    • TBD

Thursday, July 28

  • 10:45 – 11:00 am ET: Welcome
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET: Keynote (Announcement soon!)
  • 12:00 – 12:50 pm ET: Break
  • 12:50 – 1:50 pm ET: Live Concurrent Sessions
    • Tapping into Learner Voice to Maximize Health and Wellbeing
      Anne Bishop, Anne Marie DeGirolamo & Kasia Derbiszewska
    • Unleashing Student Voice in Kentucky: How Young People in Kentucky are Co-creating more Just and Democratic Schools
      Jennifer Pusateri
    • Lifting Learner Voice through Arts Integration
      Sean Glazebrook & Mia Rotondo
    • Using podcasting to capture students with disabilities' voice in transition
      Taylor Bousfield & Erika Moore
  • 1:50 – 2:10 pm ET: Break
  • 2:10 – 3:10 pm ET: Live Concurrent Sessions
    • Designing with Postsecondary Students: UDL in Metacognition for Mobile Learning
      Sheila Bresnahan, Aviva R. Hollander & Laura E. Vanderberg
    • Interrupting Inequitable Schooling: Creating Brave Spaces for Critical Dialogue about Race
      Carla-Ann Brown, D'Annette Mullen & Ashley Pennypacker Hill
    • Inclusive Voices Matter: Empowering Young Adults with Disabilities and Learning Differences through Youth Engagement Networks
      Barbara Pape, Charlie Doolittle, Joey Hunziker, Stevie Mays & Misha Nicholas
  • 3:10 – 4:00 pm ET: Break
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET: Live Concurrent Sessions
    • Cheating, Or Empowering Learner Voice with Reading and Writing Tools In The Digital Age?
      Joni Degner, Tracey Hall & Luis Pérez
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm ET: Choose from multiple pre-recorded sessions

Friday, July 29

  • 10:45 – 11:00 am ET: Welcome
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET: Keynote (Announcement soon!)
  • 12:00 – 12:50 pm ET: Break
  • 12:50 – 1:50 pm ET: Live Concurrent Sessions
    • Empowering Learner Voice through DisCrit Pedagogy and UDL
      Joy Banks, Kia Felder Williams, Reagan L. Mergen
    • UDL in 15 Minutes with Students!
      Thomas Degner, Josh Egan, Loui Lord Nelson & Mackie Norris
    • Supporting Student Voice in Hands-on Learning Environments like CTE
      Amanda Bastoni, Abraham Ewing & Sarah Grossi
  • 1:50 – 2:10 pm ET: Break
  • 2:10 – 3:10 pm ET: Live Concurrent Sessions
    • Stepping Out from the Podium: UDL beyond Learner Choices
      Tom Tobin
    • Not a Choice for Us: Accessibility for Students Who Require It
      Trace Borozinski, Liam Cruz, Cynthia Curry, Ella Johnson & Iliana Mejia
    • Small Empathetic Moments Leading to Big Systems Change
      Jessica Bowman, Elizabeth Hartmann, Shannon Hitch, Allison Posey, Cassandra Sell & Debbie Taub
    • User Centered Design as the Foundation for UDL Implementation
      Kathy Eisenhower & Becky Guzman
  • 3:10 – 4:00 pm ET: Break
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET: Closing Keynote (Announcement soon!)

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

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Pre-recorded Sessions

Trauma and the impact of Teaching and Learning on Minority students
Carrie Awadzi

Hopeful Transitions
Tricia Berry

The ArithmeType Keyboard for electronic secondary school math simplicity
Shannon Canas & Shaun Canas

Adjusting Teacher and Student Talk to Support ELLs in HE
Naglaa Salem

There's No "I" in Inclusion Part 2: Centering Learner Voice during Institution-Wide UDL Implementation
Frances Hope Ratcliff

Implementing Effective 1-1 Learning Conversations
Philip Michael Bowman

Using student voices to guide practice in the modern classroom
Andreas Lambrinoudis & Svetlana Miftahov-Rapoport

Learner Variability: Lessons from Students with Chronic and Complex Illnesses
Alicia Cannon & Lisa Beth Carey

Considering human differences even before planning
Paula Lopes Miranda & Raquel Neves Matos Carvalho

Passing the Torch: Universal Design for Learning Across Educational Contexts
Tayler Cassidy & Danielle M. Feeney

Learners with Voice: Creating Pathways for Agency and Self-Advocacy
Hillary Goldthwait Fowles & Kathleen McClaskey

Elevating the Adult Learner Voice in Professional Development
Anne Bishop & Kasia Derbiszewska

Academic Music: Engaging students in math, music and computational thinking
Timothy Bellavia, Susan Courey, Roslyn Haber, Tina Williams, Samantha Wright & Santa-Li Zimbrano

Classroom Learners in Conversation about Neuroscience, Identity, and Culture
Blake Mickle Beckett

Student Advisory Groups: The Evidence in Evidence-Based Research and Advocacy
Catherine Gallagher, Richard Healy, Hannah Kelly & Dara Ryder

Listening to Actions: Tracking Student Choices to Construct Learner Profiles
Meg Hutchinson

Universal Design For Learning (UDL) in Mathematics Classrooms: A Catalyst to Activate Diverse Learners
Ma Bernadette Andres-Salgarino & Sandhya Raman

Creating Ownership in Assessment- From Higher Education to K-12 Classrooms
Deanna Maynard & Ashley Zehner

Understanding the Social-Emotional, Cognitive, and Metacognitive Context of Our Diverse Learners
Christopher Camacho & Julia Ransom

Explore and Describe- Building curiosity about materials, skills and process
Maggie Fishman, Sarajane Munford & Erin Orr

Using Student Experience Sampling to Promote Equity in Mathematics Education
Jess Gropen & Kate Walton

Mission Possible: Robots Providing Inclusive School Experiences for Students
Anna Cliff, Brenda O'Connell, Carly Sandgren & Leani Tell

Open Pedagogy and UDL: The Next Steps
Carolee Clyne & Surita Jhangiani

Open Pedagogy and UDL: Student Experiences
Carolee Clyne, Erica Hamilton, Surita Jhangiani & Sharmila Miller

Leading with care: Building Capacity and Connection in Collaborative Spaces
Melissa Chumakov, Sarah Driessens, Sarah Hunter & Erin Valenzuela

Leveraging UDL to Remedy Entrenchment of Systemic Barriers in Assessment
Robert P. Dolan & Cara Laitusis

Using Online Tools and UDL to Elicit Learner Voice
Madison Bunderson, Elena Darling-Hammond & Daniel Pimentel

Building Teacher Capacity Applying the UDL Framework: Stories from Indonesia
Elga Andriana & David Evans

Perceiving voices from learners with disabilities of Chile
Boris Alvarez Espinoza & Jennifer Levine

What has technology ever done for us? Second-level student voices
Joanne Banks & Ann Devitt

Why is College So Much More Accessible Than High School?
Grant Blasko & Susan Shapiro

School for all: students empowered for change
Beatriz Duda Macera & Jessica Susano Ramos

Amplifying Coaches’ Voices with COOL: Applying UDL and Effective Practices
James Basham, Jenna Gravel, Tracey Hall, Reagan L. Mergen & Kathleen Zimmerman

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

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