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Fourth Annual Great Lakes UDL Experience

The 2020 Great Lakes UDL Experience was a success!

Thank you to everyone that made this event possible. Registrants can still access the event at

This event brought together colleagues from around the Great Lakes region (and beyond!) to explore how Universal Design for Learning can help you create a welcoming, responsive, student-centered classroom that cultivates expert learners. Attendees heard from featured national presenters who will focus on UDL and designing for remote and face-to-face learning environments for all students. Attendees:

  • Got new ideas about remote instruction.
  • Received support for implementing tools in your classroom.
  • Learned strategies to help you design instructional experiences.

Hosted by

Macomb ISD logo
Fraser Public Schools
Presenters virtually share their research at a UDL-IRN event.
Presenters asynchronously present at a UDL-IRN event.
Sue Hardin presents at a UDL-IRN event.

A Brief Glance at the Agenda:

We put learners at the center of the educational experience.  This event allows for the discovery of how the UDL framework can help design flexible learning opportunities and environments to address the cultural and learning needs of students. This special event is sponsored by Macomb ISD and the UDL-IRN. With the support of UDL experts and practitioners, individual participants and school teams will construct an effective implementation plan.

Day 1, Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

The conference begins with a day filled with featured speakers, breakout sessions and panel discussions devoted to Universal Design for Learning. You’ll learn strategies to help you design equitable and inclusive learning environments and instructional experiences.

Day 2, Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

On the last day, you’ll take a deeper dive into the UDL design. You will have the opportunity to meet with UDL experts who will help you develop your classroom/school implementation plans. Ample resources and facilitated planning time will be provided. 

Personal Conference Coach

New this year, you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your experience with a remote conference coach to help customize your team’s professional learning and implementation planning. Our remote conference coaches are experienced in UDL implementation. For one price, you can provide your team with the facilitation and guidance needed to design a UDL implementation plan with action steps to put the plan into practice. For more information, please contact McKenzie Nicholis at

Featured Keynote Speakers

Robert Dillon

Robert Dillon

School Designer, Sustainable Education Solutions
Jay Marks

Jay Marks

Diversity and Equity Consultant, Oakland Schools

Kate Edgren

Kate Edgren

Instructional Consultant, Bartholomew Consolidated Public Schools