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Newsletter: December 2014
Happy Holidays!
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We wish you a happy holiday season, and a new year of health and happiness! 
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Universal Design for Learning: From Theory to Practice

Tuesday, December 16, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. EST

Join expert classroom educators Jon Mundorf and Alexis Reid as they discuss the ways in which UDL helps them teach more effectively and reach more students. They'll discuss some of the challenges of applying UDL principles and share proven strategies for success. David Gordon, co-author of the 2014 book Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice, which featured both Jon and Alexis, will join them to talk about how the growing community of UDL practitioners is informing and shaping the theory. (Participants will receive a special limited-time discount on the book.)
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Variability in Emotion and Learning
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The National Center on UDL is delighted to announce new resources on our Research page. You can now access a fabulous video of CAST Director of Research, Dr. Sami Daley's presentation at Towson University. She discusses the role of emotion in learning activities and how to design instruction to reflect the relationship between emotion and cognition in learning.
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Looking for UDL Video Contest!
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CAST is interested in seeing how you are applying UDL to your practice. The Looking for UDL contest is designed to offer educators the opportunity to share a brief video highlighting how they are effectively infusing the UDL principles into practice. You can enter the contest as an individual or as a team of up to five members. The top prize winners will receive $500 plus a copy of Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice and a copy of UDL Now!
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T.H.E. Magazine on UDL
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T.H.E. Magazine's article 6 Ways to Engage Every Learner Using UDL can help you think of ways to develop lessons and curriculum that are accessible and cater to all learners. 

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The AIM Center is Now the AEM Center.
Check Out Our New Website!
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The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning, (AEM Center) funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education, provides support for the use of AEM in early childhood, K-12, higher education and workplace settings. AEM includes both print materials and educational materials that are developed and distributed in digital formats. The AEM Center will also oversee the NIMAS technical specification and work towards converging that specification with EPUB3. Visit our newly designed, fully-responsive website where you will find great resources on AEM. 
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Spring Professional Learning Offerings
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We have a number of Professional Learning opportunities this spring, including: We also have a variety of other institutes and online courses. Learn more today!
UDL Webinar Series & Recordings
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Have you missed any of our free UDL webinars? No worries, you can access the archive of recordings right on our site.  Check out the recording of our most recent webinar Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning, view our other webinar recordings, and learn about upcoming installments of the series!
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We Need You!
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CAST is seeking middle school inclusive ELA and remedial reading teachers to participate in a research study from August 2015—April 2016. The goal of this work is to learn how Udio, a new online reading program aligned with college and career ready standards (including the Common Core state standards), impacts the motivation and reading comprehension of students. For more information about participating email us at or visit the project website.

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