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Call for Proposals: The 7th Annual CAST UDL Symposium

The Future Designed

2020 has been a year for the history books, one that has challenged us to quickly make dramatic, unexpected changes. As we start looking forward to 2021, we invite you to pause and think about how we can now begin to intentionally design for a better future. This year we saw that radical 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 that we are hoping for?

This year we are looking for thought-provoking ideas that inspire us. We know you have great stories of the application and implementation of UDL in your unique setting. But this year is not about UDL as it has always been done. It is about the dramatic changes that we hope to see in the future and the innovations that can lead us there.

All proposals are due on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm PST (translate to your time zone). The 7th Annual CAST UDL Symposium: The Future Designed will be held online and on-demand from Wednesday, July 28 – Friday, July 30, 2021.

Conference Goals

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

Proposal Information

We are seeking a diverse group of facilitators who will offer thought-provoking sessions, extending the discussion beyond introductory UDL content and deeply examining this year’s theme of The Future Designed. We encourage you to share your latest research, unique practices, unexpected successes, and persistent challenges. Questions we hope to explore include:

Do you have another idea? As always, we are hoping to learn from you, so please submit a proposal to help us learn more about the ways in which UDL can be creatively used to design the future.

Target Attendees

Symposium attendees include educators working both inside and outside of classrooms, including teachers, administrators, curriculum designers, technology leaders, specialists, advocacy groups, workforce trainers, activists, researchers, parents, and more.

Session Formats

Please be aware, our 7th Annual UDL Symposium will be completely virtual. You may either facilitate a live synchronous session or prepare an asynchronous session.

Session Facilitator Responsibilities

We ask session facilitators to agree to the following expectations:

Deadlines & Notifications

Deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, January 15 at 11:59 pm PST. You will be notified of whether or not your proposal has been selected in mid-February.

Please note that we plan to accept fewer proposals for the 2021 Symposium and expect the review process to be significantly more competitive than in previous years.

Proposal Submission

Please note: Our submission form was created using SurveyGizmo. You will not be able to save your work to complete over multiple sessions. We have created a downloadable preview of the form to help you prepare your proposal prior to beginning the submission process. Proposal submissions will only be accepted via the online submission form.

Online Proposal Submission Form

Acceptance Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed to ensure that they address the following criteria:

We know that cost can be a barrier to participation, so CAST is committed to working with accepted session facilitators to reduce this barrier by offering a limited number of financial scholarships. We will send out financial aid applications along with acceptance letters.

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