UD Symposium

Symposium on Universal Design for Instruction and Learning.

Please join us for our Symposium on Universal Design for Instruction and Learning! Check out the full program with session descriptions here.

The symposium will be comprised of two concurrent tracks, a Higher Education track and a Teacher Education track focused around the following themes:

  • Universal Design for Instruction
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Teaching all Learners
  • Transparent Teaching
  • Active Learning Environments
  • Design Thinking in Teaching and Learning
Registration Fees
2 Day (full conference)$250
Group Discount (5 attendees or more)$200/person
Presenter Fee$0 (WAIVED)

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Sessions are free and open to the public.

Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 8:30am

Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler is the Director of Accessible Technology Services as well as an Affiliate Professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has taught online and on-site at K-12 and postsecondary levels and published extensively on topics that include inclusive instructional practices. In this presentation Dr. Burgstahler will share the history and framework of universal design, the many ways it can be applied on campus, and, specifically, strategies that can be used to maximize the learning of all students in a class, including those who have disabilities. She will also share useful resources.

Bryan Dean, Ph.D.

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 12:45pm

Bryan Dean is an instructional and learner experience designer, UDL coach and educational systems analyst for a large intermediate school district in Michigan. Bryan has worked in the fields of alternative education, in large urban high schools, and n juvenile adjudication. His current projects include: MTSS Implementation, Alternative Education reform, New Teacher Induction, UDL, Learner Experience Design, Specially Designed Instruction, and online curriculum construction. Bryan is a member of the UDL-IRN Board of Directors, a CAST PL Cadre member, a co-moderator for the twitter based #udlchat, and a Project Zero Institute Facilitator. It has become Bryan’s mission to bring equitable and sustainable change to educational systems through disruptive design.

Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 8:30am

Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D. is an educational consultant whose work focuses on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). She provides guidance to schools, districts, state and national level personnel, as well as universities around the world interested in implementing UDL. In 2013 she completed a post-doctoral fellowship through CAST (the creators of UDL) and Boston College and continues supporting CAST as a member of their Cadre. While at CAST she wrote the best-selling book Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning which was based on her work as the UDL Coordinator for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Columbus, Indiana from 2007 – 2012. Loui received her Ph.D. from the Beach Center on Families at the University of Kansas and is a former special education teacher.

Joni Degner

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 12:45pm

Joni Degner is a member of the CAST Professional Learning Cadre and a full time UDL facilitator for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC) in Columbus, Indiana, a district nationally recognized for UDL practices and implementation. In her role as a UDL facilitator, she designs professional learning in Universal Design for Learning, Cultural Responsiveness, and Developmental Assets and Relationships for teachers and educational leaders. Joni works shoulder-to-shoulder with learners to deepen their UDL knowledge and implementation. She is a recognized international expert in Universal Design for Learning and leads conferences and workshops that focus on implementation of Universal Design for Learning for schools, districts, and institutions of opportunity.

Other Sessions

Session 1
Speaker: Sheryl Burghstahler

Session 2
Why, What, & How: Using UDL in Course Materials to Enhance Learner Experience
Speakers: Tara McCoy and Jessica Bishop
Spring Arbor University

Session 3
Finding our “Why”: One District’s UDL Journey
Speakers: Rebekah Bell and Tyler Keener
Wooster City Schools, Wooster, OH

Session 4
How to present options for grades 7-12 without it becoming one more thing, or “I’m a Science Teacher, not a Tech Teacher!”
Speaker: Sandi Smith
PATINS Project

Session 5
CAST UDL Guidelines
Speaker: Melissa Sanjeh

Session 6
Utilizing Technology to Break Down Barriers for Students
Speakers: Nick Williams and Brenny Kummer
Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, Columbus, IN

Session 7
Show Me What You Know
Speaker: David Becker
Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN

Session 8
The Classroom-based Active Learning Ecosystem: Supporting Design Thinking in the Business Classroom
Speaker: Kevin Jones
Indiana University Purdue University, Columbus, IN

Session 9
Speakers: Erin Garriott and Kelley Schreiner
Butler University

Session 10
Power of Engagement: Tools to Excite Any Learner
Speakers: Brenny Kummer and Nick William
Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, Columbus, IN

Session 11
UDL + PBL = A Perfect Match
Speaker: Jean Lee
University of Indianapolis

Session 12
Teaching all Learners?: Interrogating educational case studies with Universal Design for Learning and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies
Speaker: Brooke Harris Garard
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Session 13
Speaker: Louis Lord Nelson

Session 14
Speaker: Corie Williams, UDL Facilitator
Bartholomew Consolidated School System, Columbus, IN

Session 15
UDL and the Pre-Service Teacher: Ten Tips for Teacher Educators
Speaker: Susan Shapiro

Session 16
The Idea of Knowing Who You Are Through Reflection & Connection
Speaker: James Etta Goodloe
Education Consultant

Session 17
Optimizing Challenge
Speaker: Kelley Culp
Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, Columbus, IN

Session 18
Speaker: Tracy Birdwell
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Session 19
Social Studies in Action
Speaker: Dava Roth
Hanover College

Session 20
Accessible Learning for ALL Students
Speaker: Kelly Suding
Patins Project

Session 21
Just UDL it!
Speaker: Kelley Culp
Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, Columbus, IN

Session 22
The Idea of Knowing Who You Are Through Reflection & Connection
Speaker: James Etta Goodloe
Education Consultant