Are you already using Universal Design for Learning and want to expand it within your district? The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), a non-profit educational research and development organization, is inviting school districts to apply to participate in a year-long project focusing on the application of Universal Designs of Learning Professional Development System (UDL PDS). This program is designed to help school districts apply universal designs of learning concepts across content areas in reading and writing. The initial focus of the project will be middle school literacy practices and fostering success for all learners by drawing on best practices in adolescent literacy instruction.
This may be of interest to your district if you are familiar with UDL and have a need to enhance current literacy practices. This document constitutes the application process for selection to work with CAST and partners in the implementation of the UDL PDS.
Components of the UDL PDS include which will be available to schools:
- Professional development (e.g., face-to-face, online)
- Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) led by UDL Coaches and UDL Facilitators
- Online instruction, and
- Professional learning resources.
The application is available here. The deadline is February 15. Decisions will be made by February 27.