The UDL Implementation Research Network (UDL-IRN) is hosting it’s 4th annual summit on Thursday, March 30 and Friday March 31, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Hilton in Orlando, Florida. Pre-conference sessions will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2016. The conference center is located about 20 miles from the Orlando airport and about 10 miles from Disney World. The Florida Technology & Learning Connections (TLC) Team are partnering with the UDL-IRN for Summit 2017. The TLC Team is dedicated to providing guidelines and resources to support the implementation of Universal Design for Learning in Florida schools.
The intent of this summit is to gather practitioners, leaders, researchers, vendors, and other stakeholder from across the globe to build networks that support the implementation of UDL in preschool, K-12, and higher education. For the last three years, the UDL-IRN Summit has proved to be an excellent opportunity to build professional networks, to discuss research, and to share resources and lessons learned. This year, the summit will continue to be a unique opportunity to network and collaborate with educational leaders, practitioners, and researchers who are actively engaged in UDL implementation efforts. In addition to UDL Talks, concurrent breakout sessions, Networking Session and Design Labs, this year we will host multiple pre-conference sessions.
The UDL-IRN Summit is about active participation and design to achieve the following:
Identification and dissemination of models of best practice.
Identification and dissemination of effective implementation tools.
Supporting and expanding the implementation research base.
Fostering high-quality personnel preparation and professional development.
Promoting increased networking and collaboration across educational stakeholders.
Are you new to UDL? Join us for an introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL). During this pre-conference, leaders from the UDL-IRN and CAST will team up to provide participants with an overview of UDL. We’ll explore CAST’s UDL guidelines and the underlying research. We'll discuss how the checkpoints are used to reduce barriers and build lessons that meet the needs of all learners.
Presenters: CAST and UDL-IRN
Join us for Starting a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Movement. During this event, Implementation Specialists from CAST will provide participants with an overview of how to bring UDL from classrooms, to schools, to districts, and beyond! You will explore the implementation process, share stories about the power of UDL, and create a vision of how to share UDL within your context. This pre-conference session will provide participants with an understanding of the implementation process, and strategies for sharing UDL with others.
Presenters: Jen Dee, Heather Francis, CAST
Many educators are familiar with UDL and its key concepts of learner variability and expertise. However, when it comes to actually implementing UDL in their own classrooms, they may feel overwhelmed and not know where to start. The goal of this workshop is to provide participants with a three-step process and a set of practical tools that will guide their UDL journey, beginning with activities to help them discover who they are as a learner. These activities will model the process they will go through for each learner to develop independent skills to support their learning and in building a learner-centered classroom that emphasizes agency and self-regulation.
Presenters: Luis Pérez, Kathleen McClaskey
Hey UDL Rockstars, are you ready for the NEXT LEVEL in your UDL design? Are you looking for methods and strategies for designing professional learning for your colleagues? How about some resources for scaling up your UDL implementation on a systems level? And how about if we throw in some expert design advice from some of UDL’s best? Well, we heard you and the UDL-IRN designed this pre-conference opportunity just for you! Join our facilitator’s as they share their insight about building effective presentations, strong coaching relationships, designing UDL meta-experiences for audiences, and how to develop large scale implementation. Join us for… UDL NEXT!
Presenters: Bryan Dean, Tracey Hall, Mindy Johnson
Come join us for an engaging dialogue around Universal Design for Learning and Leadership. Universal Design for Learning can flourish when leaders work with others to influence and grow the implementation systematically, from both the top of organization and through grass roots efforts. Topics include implementation science of UDL, systems planning, infrastructure development, and a systemic approach to managing change. This workshop will provide you with the framework to build district capacity for successfully implementing UDL at the district Level. Recommended audience: Please consider bringing your district leadership, including central office administrators, school administrators, technology directors and instructional coaches.
Presenters: Denise DeCoste and Carrie Wozniak
With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), literacy instruction and achievement for students is on everyone’s mind. The best way to get everyone reading, writing, and understanding? Meet them where they are! Discover how to use the UDL framework to make your literacy instruction work for all students.
Presenter: Allison Posey, CAST
Access to general education curriculum is a central tenet of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Often this can be achieved through pairing UDL principles with assistive technologies. This workshop will explore inclusion of our students with significant disabilities through a design thinking approach. Participants will look at barriers and design a classroom that teaches to the edges. Participants will leave with tools and strategies to implement immediately in the class.
Presenters: Lou Ann Rosario, M.Ed., Jessica McKay, MT-BC, Lisa Ehlers McCuller, Ed.S
Refund Policy: Full refunds may be requested until January 31, 2017. Refund requests made after this date will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and will be subject to at least a 60.00 processing fee.
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