UDL Implementation SIG

UDL-IRN Implementation SIG. Our shared path to an equitable future as global citizens.

This group is focused on gathering best practices for UDL implementation, identifying and reducing barriers that limit accessibility to training and resources that support successful implementation and increasing UDL visibility and territory worldwide. Our work will include the consideration of differences in learner variability with an emphasis on culture, language, and multiperspectivism. If you are interested in joining this SIG, please contact one of the leaders listed above.

The UDL-IRN Implementation SIG is committed to working towards:

  • Worldwide Accessibility: Identifying and Reducing Barriers to Training and Resources to UDL Implementation
  • Amplifying and Demystifying the UDL Implementation Drivers, Practice Profiles, and Reporting Criteria
  • Increasing UDL Visibility and Territory in the International Education Community


Our mission is to support the successful implementation and expansion of UDL in PK-12 schools, community learning, and workplaces worldwide.


Universal Design for Learning: Our shared path to an equitable future as global citizens

  • Supporting the process
  • Changing perspectives
  • Connecting worldwide


  • Advocacy
  • Generosity
  • Optimism 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments at isig@cast.org.

Past PopUp Sessions

Getting Inside the Goal of UDL

UDL gives us a framework to design our environments and instruction, but it’s hard to know whether our interpretations of the framework create equitable and accessible learning experiences for all learners. Join us on December 6th for our conversation Loui Lord Nelson where she will share how The UDL Gears give us helpful guardrails to reflect on our practice, the skills we use, and our mindsets.

"Online-Live" Blended Learning Higher Education UDL Course for Pre-Service Teachers

At this Pop-Up Session, Rich Powers will talk about and show us the async Moodle modules he uses with pre-service students at Stuttgart University, sharing his OER syllabus.  The 13-week course is titled “Universal Design for Learning and Accessible/Barrier-Free Course Content in Online Courses.” Rich is a recent recipient of Stuttgart University’s Teaching Award

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Cherie Smith

photograph of Cherie Smith smiling wearing an olive green blouse

Cherie currently serves as a regional consultant for State Support Team 6 in Ohio. Cherie has “real world” experience utilizing Implementation Science expertise to coach school districts and leaders through the implementation of Universal Design for Learning. She also has extensive experience providing target support to districts in the areas of continuous improvement that focus on analyzing the effectiveness of district practices through the lens of both adult and student data analysis by leveraging tools, knowledge, and practices informed by Implementation Science.

Elizabeth Stark

Beth lives in Germany and partners with international schools as a consultant specialising in UDL implementation, building learner-centered systems of support, accessible technology integration, shifting mindsets, and igniting inclusive inquiry for all learners. Her passion for reducing barriers through Universal Design for Learning began in her early years as a teacher of students who are Blind and Visually Impaired. Beth has sixteen years of IB international school experience and holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Beth serves as the Co-Chairperson of the UDL-IRN Implementation Special Interest Group, is an ISTE certified educator, and a CPACC certified member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals.