Our Mission

The Universal Design for Learning Implementation and Research Network (UDL-IRN) is a grassroots organization started by a collaborative group of practitioners, researchers, and developers in 2010.

The mission of the UDL-IRN is to support educators in the effective implementation of UDL. As a mission driven organization we are focused on the following activities:

  •  Identification and dissemination of models of best practice.
  •  Identification and dissemination of effective implementation tools.
  •  Supporting and expanding the UDL implementation research base. 
  •  Identification and dissemination of progress mentoring practices.
  •  Fostering high-quality UDL personnel preparation & professional development.
  •  Promoting increased collaboration across education.
 

Founders:

James (Jamie) Basham, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas in the Department of Special Education. 

 Contact:  jbasham@udl-irn.org  Follow @Jdbasham

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James (Jamie) Basham, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas in the Department of Special Education. He earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  His research and work is focused on student learning, instructional design, and technology in modern learning environments chiefly related to the application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  He is well published, has given numerous talks, has served as a consultant and on boards for school districts, universities, state/provincial education agencies, and corporate entities on learner variability, STEM education, 21st Century Skills, and UDL. Jamie currently serves as the UDL-IRN Executive Director. 

 Contact:  jbasham@udl-irn.org  Follow @Jdbasham