UDL-IRN 2nd Annual Summit, March 12&13, 2015, The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulfport/Biloxi, MS

Come to the Preconference and Stay for the Summit!

“UDL 101”
by known leaders in the field at an affordable price!

March 11, 2015

 New to UDL?  Come Join Us for UDL 101.  Preconference.  March 11, 2015, 9AM to 4PM.

Join us for an introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) pre-conference. During this 1-day event, leaders from the UDL-IRN and CAST will team up to provide up to 100 participants an overview of UDL.  This preconference will prepare those new to the framework, providing a conceptual understanding of the UDL Framework and  strategies for implementation in your district or school.  

Preconference Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Understand the UDL framework and the three principles of UDL: multiple means of Engagement, Representation, and Action and Expression.
  • Explore assumptions and beliefs about learning and learners.
  • Address the myths and misconceptions about UDL.
  • Distinguish critical elements in a UDL lesson.
  • Identify key concepts related to integrating the critical elements into lesson planning to address learner diversity.
  • Formulate strategies for initiating UDL in their classroom, school or district.


  • 9:00
    • Introductions
    • What is UDL?
    • UDL Assumptions & Beliefs
    • UDL Guidelines
    • UDL Myths & Misconceptions
  • 12:00
    • Lunch
  • 1:00
    • UDL in action in the classroom
    • Integrating critical elements into lesson planning
    • Strategies for getting started
  • 4:00
    • Wrap up


Cost:  $100.00

Speaker Information

 Mindy Johnson

As an Instructional Designer & Research Associate at CAST, Mindy Johnson participates in the formative development and research of technology-based universally designed learning environments. She is a former high school special educator and Overnight instructor at the Boston Museum of Science until. Mindy provides knowledge and expertise in social media, website development, online collaborative tools, and games in education. She is also one of the co-founders of #UDLchat on Twitter and is often the human behind the CAST, UDL Center, and AEM Center social media accounts. Mindy is a volunteer Professional Learning Network leader for ISTE’s Inclusive Learning Network and Online Learning Network.

 Tracey Hall

Tracey Hall is a Senior Research Scientist/Instructional Designer at CAST. She conducts research on instructional interventions in reading, writing, literacy in the content areas, and assessment. Her work includes the design and evaluation of instructional approaches and assessment tools. These experiences are applied in the development and implementation of UDL projects, collaborative partnerships, and professional presentations. She directs CAST’s initiatives to create and evaluate digital supported environments across content areas. She is also co- and principal investigator on several federal and foundation funded grants. Dr. Hall is a frequent presenter and consultant at national and international level.

 Denise DeCoste

Dr. DeCoste is an occupational therapist and an educator with over 25 years of experience in the field of assistive technology (AT). She was instrumental in building awareness of UDL across Maryland’s Montgomery County Public School District, and in the systematic implementation of UDL in MCPS schools. In 2010, she was the governor-appointed chair of the Maryland State Department’s UDL Task Force, which led to the approval to incorporate UDL principles into the Code of Maryland Regulations as of August 2012


Susan Hardin, OTR, MS, is the Assistive Technology Consultant at Macomb Intermediate School District in Michigan. She designs and conducts professional development opportunities for general and special educators, across grade levels and content areas and speaks on the topic of assistive technology and Universal Design For Learning at local, statewide and national conferences. Her primary area of interest is the integration of good technology into curriculum to support the learning needs of all students. Susan has served on many state and national boards related to technology and special education, including ISTE’s Inclusive Learning Network and the UDL IRN.