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Newsletter: December 2015
Happy Holidays!
We wish you a happy holiday season, and a new year of health and happiness!
Register Today for CAST's 2nd Annual
UDL Symposium!

August 8 - 10, 2016 

Building UDL Community and Practice around Engagement

Engagement is essential for learning, so how do we design learning experiences that engage all learners? Join CAST and educators, administrators, curriculum designers, technology leaders, specialists, advocacy groups, and researchers as we explore the latest research and UDL strategies for motivating learners and helping them become more purposeful in high-level learning. At the symposium participants and speakers will engage in a variety of session types to:

  • Discuss new research around the UDL Engagement Guidelines
  • Learn creative UDL implementation strategies around engagement
  • Explore innovative tools and resources to bring UDL to life in your work
  • Share your work and experience, especially around the engagement principle, with the growing UDL field
Register for the 2nd Annual UDL Symposium 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 recordings of our two most recent webinars: A Perspective on Trauma and Learning from the Center for Social Innovation and Back to School with UDL. Visit our website to view our other webinar recordings, and learn about upcoming installments in the series!
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CAST Professional Learning Free Resources
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CAST Professional Learning is committed to providing free UDL resources for educators, administrators, designers, parents, and anyone and everyone who is passionate about UDL. We've now created a new page on our website where we'll compile resources that we develop for the field. This page is just starting out but we'll continue to add resources such as our Top Ten UDL Lists, and more. Check this page often for updates! Here is the link to the resource page for future
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Equity Matters: Digital and Online Learning for Students with Disabilities
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The 2015 Annual Publication from the Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities presents some preliminary results from a number of research projects to inform the various stakeholder groups of the emerging trends, outcomes, challenges, and promising practices related to the involvement of students with disabilities engaged in online learning. This major publication explores the involvement of these students in full-time virtual, blended, and supplemental online settings, with the goal of sparking discussion, reflection, and debate leading to the design of more responsive systems, practices, and policy to support enhanced outcomes for all learners.
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Accelerating Access to the Curriculum
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The November 2015 issue of School Administrator features a package of stories about UDL and highlights CAST's  free resources for schools. The lead article is authored by Sheldon Berman, superintendent of Andover, MA Schools and the chair of CAST's Board of Directors.
Upcoming Professional Learning Offerings
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Join #UDL Chat
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Looking for some like-minded educators to discuss UDL implementation strategies and different models of Universal Design for Learning in practice? Follow the #UDLchat hashtag on Twitter and join the group for lively conversations the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 9:00-9:30 PM EST. Whether you are new to UDL or UDL is a way of life, all are welcome! Have a look at the November 18th #UDLchatarchive.
Sign Up for One of Our Intro to UDL Self-Paced Courses
CAST offers two self-paced course options that provide participants with an introduction to UDL, both titled: UDL1: A Framework for Addressing Learner Variability: Theory Into Practice.

In the "Facilitated Self-paced" course you can work at your own pace but have the benefit of interacting with a CAST facilitator, participating in discussions and completing a course project where you can apply the UDL Guidelines to a lesson in your own context. There is also a "Self-paced" learning option of UDL1: A Framework for Addressing Learner Variability: Theory Into Practice. In the self-paced course you can manage your own learning process and take advantage of our Online Learning Experience Guide to help you navigate the course.
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1. UDL1: A Framework for Addressing Learner Variability: Theory Into Practice (A Self-paced Learning Environment)
2. UDL1: A Framework for Addressing Learner Variability: Theory Into Practice - A Facilitated Self-paced Course
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Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology: A Comprehensive Guide to Assistive Technology Services 
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The QIAT Leadership Team has gathered input from more than 4,000 individuals ranging from students and families to school staff, policy makers, and higher education faculty. Filled with information and supports such as self-evaluation matrices, suggested activities, checklists, and other helpful tools, Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology is a clearly written and well-organized resource for those who seek to ensure that quality AT services are provided. The QIAT Leadership Team is a group of 11 educators and assistive technology experts from across the United States who together lead a national grassroots community committed to improving the quality of AT and AT services.  Also, don't forget to check out our other titles!
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CAST Unveils UDL On Campus Redesign
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UDL On Campus is a popular website that helps postsecondary educators improve learning opportunities for all students through better curriculum design and technology choices. Key features include a cleaner, more engaging user experience and in-depth content on subjects such as course design, media and materials, accessibility, and policy.
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