2017 UDL_IRN Summit; Theme:  Connect. Learn. Transform.; March 30-31, 2017.  Preconference: March 29, 2017, Orlando, FL.  Tagline:  Where UDL Leaders Come to Learn.

 Call for Proposals Information

The 4th Annual UDL-IRN Summit 2017

Embassy Suites by Hilton
Orlando Lake Buena Vista South
4955 Kyngs Heath Road
Kissimmee, Florida, 34746

March 30 & 31, 2017
Pre-conference, March 29, 2017
UDL-IRN Summit Goals
Summit Topics
Presentation Formats
Proposal Submission and Selection
Summit Proceedings
Additional Proposal Information

About the Summit

The UDL Implementation Research Network (UDL-IRN) is hosting it’s 4th annual summit on Thursday, March 30 and Friday March 31, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Hilton in Orlando, Florida. The conference center is located about 20 miles from the Orlando airport and about 10 miles from Disney World. The Florida Technology & Learning Connections (TLC) Team are partnering with the UDL-IRN for Summit 2017. The TLC Team is dedicated to providing guidelines and resources to support the implementation of Universal Design for Learning in Florida schools.

The intent of this summit is to gather practitioners, leaders, researchers, vendors, and other stakeholder from across the globe to build networks that support the implementation of UDL in preschool, K-12, and higher education. For the last three years, the UDL-IRN Summit has proved to be an excellent opportunity to build professional networks, to discuss research, and to share resources and lessons learned.  This year, the summit will continue to be a unique opportunity to network and collaborate with educational leaders, practitioners, and researchers who are actively engaged in UDL implementation efforts. In addition to UDL Talks, concurrent breakout sessions, Networking Session and Design Labs, this year we will host multiple pre-conference sessions.

UDL-IRN Summit Goals

The UDL-IRN Summit is about active participation and design to achieve the following:

  • Identification and dissemination of models of best practice.
  • Identification and dissemination of effective implementation tools.
  • Supporting and expanding the implementation research base.
  • Fostering high-quality personnel preparation and professional development.
  • Promoting increased networking and collaboration across educational stakeholders.

Summit organizers are seeking presentations, from across the globe, from members of schools, districts, universities, or other institutions where UDL implementation has been occurring for two or more years (exception: Interactive Networking Sessions). Presentations should strategically align with at least one of the conference goals. The UDL-IRN Summit is focused on moving the conversation beyond UDL 101. We are seeking presentations that will represent UDL implementation and research that has moved beyond the “exploration” and “preparation” stages. Vendors wanting to present are highly encouraged to collaborate with another suggested presentation group. 

Summit Topics

The UDL-IRN planning and review committee is seeking proposals that are relevant to one or more of the UDL implementation and research topics listed below.  Have another idea to share? We encourage you to submit a proposal on a different topic you believe is important and relevant. If you have questions about any of the topics or your potential proposal please email sue.hardin@udl-irn.org

  • Operationalizing UDL Principles: From Theory to Concept to Blueprint to Action
  • Putting UDL into Practice: What did you do while implementing? What are the successes and lessons learned?
  • Role of equity in UDL implementation.
  • Developing Teams for UDL implementation: Who and what does it take?
  • UDL and Personalized Learning
  • Real world UDL implementation success at district and school levels
  • UDL implementation in rural or large districts
  • Transitioning through the phases of UDL implementation
  • UDL Implementation for learners with significant disabilities (physical disabilities, communication disabilities, autism, sensory disabilities, cognitive disabilities)
  • Developing expert learners: meta-learning and self-regulation
  • Teacher panels: The implementation journey
  • Teacher-student panels on UDL implementation
  • Parent-student panels on UDL in schools
  • Scaling up
  • Principals panel: What it takes to achieve UDL implementation
  • Research panel: Update on UDL Research
  • Successful strategies and tools that support UDL processes and practices (e.g., coaching strategies, developing UDL professional learning communities)
  • UDL applied to STEM classrooms
  • Mobile, Online, and/or Blended Learning
  • UDL and assessment
  • Fidelity & scaling up UDL practices
  • UDL and teacher evaluation
  • UDL and personalized learning environments
  • UDL in no and low tech settings
  • How UDL frames teaching and learning in 1:1 settings
  • Building state and regional leadership of UDL
  • UDL and higher education (UDL on campus; teacher preparation)
  • Online: Virtual and blended Learning
  • UDL in a global world
  • What industry can take away from UDL implementation
  • UDL and the role of publishers and curriculum developers
  • Understanding the impact of UDL implementation on curriculum developers, and policy makers.
  • UDL implementation research, including research in progress
  • Measurement: Strategies for collecting implementation outcome data
  • Moving from implementation to sustainability, scaling up beyond the PLCs
  • Implementation results and findings
  • UDL as an innovation or disruption

Participation Formats

To provide for multiple means of engagement and expression, the UDL Summit will feature presentations in the following formats. Presenters can choose to submit one or more presentations using these formats. All presenters are expected to contribute to the summit proceedings and provide multiple means within your presentation, including Closed Captioning on videos.  

  • Pre-conference Workshops: Pre-conference Workshops are half day (3 hour) or full day (6 hour) sessions that provide for in-depth exploration of a particular UDL topic. Pre-conference proposals should include clear learning objectives that indicate gained practical knowledge. They should include interactive and hands-on learning opportunities that address diverse learning preferences. Enrollment is limited and preregistration and additional fees are required. Accepted pre-conference presenters have an opportunity to earn honoraria for pre-conference workshops. The IRN will pay workshop presenters a single lump-sum honorarium based on workshop attendance and length.
  • UDLTalk: A UDL “TED” style Talk should succinctly present ground-breaking ideas or new findings relative to UDL implementation. A UDL Talk follows the format of the popular TED Talks. They are fast-paced, engaging presentations, limited to 18 minutes.  Presenters should focus on “big ideas” and not create a traditional presentation. (To help you determine if you would like to present in this format see “Understanding UDL Talks”..  Those submitting a UDL Talk will participate in a virtual meeting with an IRN member to discuss your individual topic. 
  • Breakout Sessions: Breakout sessions should focus on a discrete implementation or research topic in more detail (e.g., timelines, start up logistics, stages of implementation, essential classroom routines, implementation effects, research results, measurement tools, model lessons).  Breakout session topics can build on your UDL Talk or present a separate implementation or research topic in more detail. 
  • Interactive Networking Sessions (Formerly - Digital Poster Sessions).  The Interactive Networking Session provides a unique opportunity to share your current implementation or research progress, successes, and lesson learned in an engaging, interactive multimedia format. Its an excellent way to network with a wide variety of people and to share your budding ideas in a conversational manner.

The submission form is generally the same for all participation formats. Proposal authors will be asked to indicate the type of session desired: Pre-conference Workshop, UDL Talk, Breakout Session, or Interactive Networking Session. Breakout presenters will be asked if they would prefer 60 or 75 minutes.  In the case where the Breakout Session would expand upon the topic(s) raised in a UDL Talk, please submit each session separately. Individuals who have multiple topics are encouraged to submit separate proposals on these topics across the various participation formats. Please be sure to submit an online application for each proposal. Individuals may be included on no more than three proposals.  

Proposal Submission and Selection Process

The review committee will select proposals for the 2017 UDL-IRN Summit based on fit within the UDL Summit Topics and the degree to which the presentation aligns to the UDL Summit Goals. Generally, presentations should add to the UDL implementation and/or the implementation research knowledge base, provide conference participants with useful methods, tools, or measures of quality and sustainable implementation, and engage participants in an interactive format. 

We recommend using the Proposal Submission Guide along with the Proposal Reviewer Rubric, to help plan a summit proposal prior to launching the online proposal submission process. We recommend you complete your responses in the Proposal Submission Guide  document first, then copy and paste into the online proposal.

All proposals must be submitted online HERE (https://goo.gl/forms/GlQv2mAFLwpo1qkw1)

Summit Proceedings


After being accepted, presenters will receive information on how to submit to the Summit Proceedings. Our goal is to develop proceedings that provide valuable information to those who are interested in implementing UDL, but were unable to attend the Summit. The Proceedings also offer an opportunity for presenters to publish their work. They will be made available to all attendees as a downloadable document or as a link on the UDL-IRN website following the conference.

Pre-conference, UDL Talk and Breakout Session Proceedings:
All Pre-conference, UDL Talk and Breakout Session presenters are required to submit a 3-5 page text-based narrative that describes their topic in more detail. Authors are encouraged but not required to include figures, tables, practical forms, surveys, rubrics, timelines, links to video or audio, and various means of representation for supporting understanding.  To help you craft your Proceedings submission, models and templates will be provided to you once your topic has been accepted. Additional support from UDL-IRN leaders will be available to help accepted presenters as they develop their conference proceedings.

In the spirit of UDL and multiple means of representation, as an alternative to a narrative, a submission can be in the form of a multimedia presentation. This could include the following: a video with links to YouTube or Vimeo, Glogster, Prezi, interactive  images (e.g., Thinglink, ImgMaps, Aurasma), infographics (e.g., easel.ly, visua.ly). Multimedia versions of presentations will be included in the published digital version of the summit proceedings. A set of basic Powerpoint/Keynotes slides is NOT what we envision here. Authors are encouraged to embed videos, audio, resources, practical forms, surveys, rubrics, timelines, and other tools for supporting UDL implementation and/or implementation research. 

Additional Proposal Information:

Closed Captions

  • To ensure access and to encourage practice of UDL principles, all videos presented at the Summit should include closed captions.  Once accepted, resources on how to provide closed captions will be provided. 

UDL-IRN Monograph

  • As a way to share information on UDL implementation and research, your contribution to the Conference Proceedings may become part of a future peer-reviewed monograph to be sold at a reasonable fee to cover editing and publishing costs. Selected authors will be contacted after the Summit, and provided an opportunity to edit or expand their contribution. No contribution will be published in the monograph without the expressed permission of the authors.

Presenter Benefits

  • Up to two presenters for each session will receive a discounted registration rate.
  • Pre-conference presenters have an opportunity to earn honoraria for pre-conference workshops. The IRN will pay eligible workshop presenters a single lump-sum honorarium prorated based on workshop attendance and length of workshop.

Due Dates

Pre-conference Workshops, UDL Talks and Breakout Sessions:

  • The call for proposals due date for all Pre-conference Workshops, UDL Talks and Breakout Sessions: Extended to September 23, 2016
  • Pre-conference Workshops, UDL Talk and Breakout Session notifications of acceptance will be sent by October 21, 2016
  • Pre-conference Workshops, UDLTalk and Breakout Session narratives are due January 15, 2017.

Interactive Networking Sessions (Formerly Digital Poster Sessions)

  • Interactive Networking Session proposals due December 15, 2016
    • Notification of acceptance for Poster Sessions: January 27, 2017

Registration Information