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Call for Papers

Building YOUR Network:
Supporting UDL Implementation and Research

EXTENDED: November 10, 2014

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The 2nd Annual UDL-IRN Summit 2015
The University of Southern Mississippi-Gulf Coast
730 East Beach Boulevard, Long Beach, MS 39560
March 12 & 13, 2015
Preconference, March 11, 2015
(Time for a Beach Trip!)


The UDL Implementation Research Network (UDL-IRN) is hosting a summit focusing on UDL implementation and associated research on March 12 & 13, 2015 at The University of Southern Mississippi- Gulf Coast (USM-Gulf Coast). This beautiful campus is located on the Gulf of Mexico beach in Gulfport, MS (6 miles from the Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport). The intent of this summit is to gather practitioners and researchers from across the globe to build networks that support the systematic implementation of UDL in pre-school, K-12, and higher education classrooms. The summit will be a unique opportunity to network and collaborate with educational leaders, practitioners, and researchers who are actively engaged in UDL implementation efforts. This venue provides an excellent opportunity to build your professional network, share resources, ideas, and lessons learned.  

The goals of the Summit are to:

  1. Identify and disseminate models of UDL best practices.
  2. Identify and disseminate effective implementation tools.
  3. Support and expand the UDL implementation research base.  
  4. Foster increased focus and collaboration around UDL implementation and research.

Summit organizers are seeking presentations from members of schools, districts, universities, or other institutions where UDL implementation has been occurring for two or more years (exception: poster sessions and networking/critical feedback meetup). Presentations should strategically align with at least one of the four conference goals. Importantly, the UDL-IRN Summit if focused on moving the conversation beyond UDL 101. Most of the presentations will represent UDL implementation that has moved beyond the “exploration” and “preparation” stages. Vendors wanting to present are highly encouraged to collaborate with another suggested presentation group.

Summit Topics:

The UDL-IRN planning and review committee is seeking proposals that are relevant to one or more of the UDL implementation topics listed below. Presentation proposals should focus on at least one of these topic areas as well as one or themes.  Presenters who fall outside the topics and/or themes should contact info@udl-irn.org.  

  • Operationalizing UDL Principles: From Theory to Concept to Blueprint to Action
  • Putting UDL into Practice: Logistics; How did you do that?
  • Developing Teams for UDL implementation: What or who does it take?
  • Stages of UDL implementation: the good, the bad and the ugly.
  • Successful strategies and tools that support UDL processes and practices
  • Fidelity & scaling up UDL practices
  • Understanding the impact of UDL implementation: on students, teachers, curriculum developers, and policy makers.
  • Lessons Learned: Critical or deep reflections on your implementation journey to date
  • UDL implementation research outcomes

Presentation Themes:

The UDL-IRN Summit 2015 planning team is very interested in presentations in the following areas:

  • Process of scaling practices across urban and rural settings (districts, regions, states/provinces)
  • Supporting practices across urban and rural settings (districts, regions, states/provinces)
  • Supporting UDL practices across the world
  • UDL and Higher Education
  • Innovative state and district initiatives
  • Implementation & ALL students, including but not limited to students with significant disabilities
  • Measurement (formal research/practice-based)
  • Research, including research in progress
  • Tools/Resources for supporting implementation
  • Online: Virtual and blended Learning
  • UDL and personalized learning environments
  • Implementation results and findings (formal research/practice-based)
  • UDL as an innovation or disruption

Participation Formats:

To provide for multiple means of engagement and expression, the UDL Summit will feature presentations in the following formats. Presenters can choose to submit one or more presentations using these formats. All presenters are expected to contribute to the summit proceedings and provide multiple means within your presentation.   

UDLTalk: A UDL “TED” style Talk should succinctly present big ideas or new findings relative to UDL implementation (e.g. key elements, developing UDL teams, what works and what doesn’t, measuring change, research data). A UDLTalk follows the format of the popular TED Talks. They are fast-paced, engaging presentations, limited to 18 minutes.  Presenters should focus on “big ideas” and not create a traditional presentation. Proposals for this format should include a minimum 2-3 minute video (or other media resources) that reflect this presentation style. (To help you determine if you would like to present in this format see the page Understanding UDL:Talks).

Breakout Sessions: Breakout sessions should focus on a discrete implementation topic in more detail (e.g., timelines, start up logistics, stages of implementation, essential classroom routines, implementation effects, research results, model lessons).  Breakout session topics can build on your UDLTalk or present a separate implementation topic in more detail. **People can request a double session (2 sequential breakouts).

Digital or Interactive Poster Sessions.  This format provides an opportunity to share current implementation progress, success, and lesson learned through a multimedia format. Its an excellent way to interact with a wide variety of people in a conversational manner.  

Networking/Critical Feedback Meetup:  The most informal and “open” format of the sessions, this format offers the opportunity to sit (or stand) with a group interested in your work. Presenters bring a piece of work (e.g., draft, outline, storyboard, or media) to share with interested attendees. The purpose of this session is to gather critical feedback on your work and extend your professional network. Examples of work to be discussed may include but are not limited to research, classroom implementation, program initiatives, start up plans, UDL pilots, measurement tools and professional development proposals.  

The submission form is generally the same for the four participation formats (please be reminded UDL Talks require a media submission as well). Proposal authors will be asked to indicate the type of session desired:  UDL Talk, Breakout Session, Poster Session, or Networking/Critical Feedback Meetup. Breakout presenters will be asked if they are requesting a single or double session.  In the case where the Breakout would expand upon the topic(s) raised in a UDLTalk, please submit each session separately. Individuals who have multiple topics are encouraged to submit separate proposals on these topics across the various participation formats. Please be sure to submit an online application for each proposal. Individuals may be included on no more than three proposals.  

Proposal Submission and Selection Process:

The review committee will select proposals for the 2015 UDL-IRN Summit based on fit within the UDL Summit Topics, Themes of Interest, and the degree to which the presentation aligns to the UDL Summit Goals. Generally, participation should add to the UDL implementation and/or implementation research knowledge base, provide conference participants with useful methods, tools, or measures of quality and sustainable implementation, and engages participants in an interactive format.

The Proposal:

All proposals must be submitted online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/UDLIRN-15

The following information will be needed to complete the proposal online:

Part One: General Information  for primary presenter/author (and each co-presenter)

  • Name of the Organization affiliation
  • Preferred mailing address
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Professional experience
  • Brief description of your work within UDL.
  • Willingness to share a personal photo
  • Willingness to share your resources.
  • Willingness for your session to be recorded for distribution online.

Part Two: Presentation Description (Descriptions can be submitted as a text-based abstract or as a link to a multimedia format.)

  • Presentation title (maximum 15 words)
  • Presentation topic (ideally, based on one or more of the conference topics)
  • Presentation format (UDLTalk, Breakout Session, Poster Session, and
  • Networking/Critical Feedback MeetUp)
  • Brief Abstract of your proposal: (Up to 50 words. This will be the abstract used in the conference program)
  • Measurable participant outcomes (2-4)
  • Description (Up to 500 words, up to an 8-minute video, or another form of modern media. Provide a detailed description of your proposal, organized in terms of the five elements (with attention to the selection criteria as outlined below). Videos should be submitted by providing a link to YouTube or Vimeo.
  • UDLTalk: Required Video or Supporting Resources.

Selection Criteria:

  • Rationale for the presentation (10 points)
  • Usefulness to practitioners (and potentially researchers) (10 points)
  • Measurable participant outcomes (10 points)
  • Relevance to others interested in UDL implementation (5 points)
  • Evidence of the effectiveness of the practice or content presented (15 points)
  • Willingness to agree to conference requirements (10 points)

Proposal Time Allotment. If you have prepared all of these materials, we estimate that this application will require 10 minutes to complete. Once begun, the proposal must be completed in one sitting. We recommend you complete your responses in a word processing document first, then copy and paste into the online proposal.

The call for proposals has been extended to: November 10, 2014.

Summit Proceedings

After being accepted, presenters will be asked to submit to the summit proceedings. Our goal is to develop proceedings that provide valuable information to others who are interested in implementing UDL. The proceedings also offer an opportunity for presenters to publish their work. Proceeding will be made available to all attendees as a downloadable document on the UDL-IRN website.

To help you craft your proceeding submission, models and templates will be provided to you once your topic has been accepted. Additional support from UDL-IRN leaders will be available to help accepted presenters as they develop their conference proceedings.

UDLTalk and Breakout Session Proceedings:

All UDLTalk and Breakout Session presenters will be asked to submit a 6-8 page text-based narrative that describes their topic in more detail. Authors are encouraged but not required to include figures, tables, practical forms, surveys, rubrics, timelines, inks to video or audio, and various means of representation for supporting understanding.  

Alternatively, authors are invited to submit a multimedia version of their presentation that will be included in the published digital version of the summit proceedings. A set of basic Powerpoint/Keynotes slides is NOT what we envision here. Authors are encouraged to embed videos, audio, resources, practical forms, surveys, rubrics, timelines, and other tools for supporting UDL implementation and/or implementation research. For instance, video with links to YouTube and Vimeo are encouraged. The proceedings provide an opportunity for presenters to publish their work, and will be made available to all attendees as a downloadable document or link on the UDL-IRN website following the conference.

Additional Proposal Information:

Due Dates

  • The call for proposals due date is: October 20, 2014.
  • Notifications of acceptance to all submissions by November 24, 2014.
  • UDLTalk and Breakout Session narratives are due January 12, 2015.

Presenter Benefits

Up to two presenters for each session will receive a discounted registration rate.

Registration Information

Information on registration and hotels will be made available by October 1, 2014.


If you have any questions, feel free to email info@udl-irn.org.