The Universal Design for Learning Implementation and Research Network (UDL-IRN) is a grassroots organization that supports the scaled implementation and research related to Universal Design for Learning. Through collaboration, we support and promote the identification and development of models, tools, research, and practices designed to foster effective UDL implementation in educational environments.   We encourage and welcome participation in these discussions. 

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2018 International Summit

The fifth annual UDL-IRN International Summit will continue the tradition of bringing together UDL leaders from around the globe to participate in UDL Talks, Breakout Sessions, Pre-Conferences, and a new UDL Interactive Learning Village.



The 2017 UDL-IRN Summit was a success!

To see the schedule of events, session presentations and handouts, and proceedings, visit the Summit website

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UDL Credentialing and certification initiative

The UDL-IRN is a lead partner with CAST and the UDL Task Force on the UDL Certification and Credentialing Initiative (UDLCCI). UDLCCI is focused on providing school districts and educational technology products the ability to demonstrate alignment to UDL. 

Discover the Network and Learn Series

Can educators afford to ignore executive function? Developing expert learners and UDL

January 25, 2018 @ 8PM ET

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What do you consider to be the ultimate goal in education? For educators who embrace the UDL framework, it’s developing learners who are resourceful, knowledgeable, strategic, goal-directed, purposeful and motivated, or expert learners. But what does it take to ensure that all learners become expert learners? And what’s at stake if we don’t? Join the IRN and a panel of UDL and executive function experts as we explore the benefits of addressing executive function and expert learning within the UDL framework.

Alexis Reid, Director of Learning-Based Services, Boston Child Study Center
Lisa Carey, Senior Education Consultant, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Dr. Lisa Jacobson, Faculty Neuropsychologist, Kennedy Krieger Institute




Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a proactive approach that uses instructional design, strategies, and tools to support all learners. Explore these UDL-IRN resources to help implement UDL.  

You can also learn more at the National Center on UDL.   

Current information about UDL and ESSA

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the foundational education law in the United States. The law gives states more control over education and highlights the need for innovation. ESSA also mentions UDL multiple times as a core framework for guiding education and learning, including in supporting personalized learning. Download a two-page recommendation for states and districts on the implementation of UDL within ESSA.

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