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2007 Summer Institute

Universal Design For Learning: From Theory to Practice 

Learn more about how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles help educators customize their teaching for individual differences. This institute is appropriate for parents and teachers of students in general and special education, principals, curriculum personnel,

assistive technology specialists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists,

school psychologists, and ALL educators.

June 20, 21 and 22, 2007

Traverse City, Michigan






Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Denise DeCoste


8:30-4:00  Full Day Seminar:

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is the practice of embedding flexible strategies into the curriculum during

the planning process so that ALL students can access a variety of learning solutions.

But what does this really look like? We’ve been working with classroom teachers to address this. General

and special educators, as well as therapists, need practical applications of how to engineer the curriculum

to meet the needs of diverse learners. In-the-moment accommodations and instructional retrofitting are

inefficient, so it is imperative to build more flexible materials from the outset that will benefit all learners.

UDL harnesses the power and flexibility of modern technology. And technology provides the flexibility needed

to adjust to learner differences. In this workshop, practical technology-based strategies to help educators

prepare digital materials that can be incorporated into curriculum will be presented at elementary and

secondary levels. Participants should bring a curriculum unit from their district in order to plan the redesign

of instructional materials.



Thursday June 21, 2007 8:30 to 3:00 and Friday June 22, 2007 8:30 to Noon Sessions

Click on a hyperlinked session title below for handouts.


Thursday 8:30 -10:00 Online Learning as a Flexible Learning ToolFlexLearningOnline.pdf (A.Thorp, M.Ripka)

Websites and Software

to Support a UDL

Environment (L.Tait) Websites & Software to Support a UDL Environment.pptBuildingVocabulary.pdfFREEWA~1.pdfKWL.pdf




Template.pdf (L. Tait)

Supporting Universal Access to Literacy Using Intellitools Classroom Suite1MITSCover.zip (J.Phelps, J.Arkwright)

 Creating, Using and

Sharing Accessible

Curriculum MaterialsAAPPositionPaper-Copyright.doc



UsingcommentinginaPDFdocument8.0.docUsingtheAdvancedEditingMenuInAcrobatProfessional7.doc(J. Kaupppila,

M. Dennis)

One on One Reading Instruction with the Aid of Technology. My Reading Coach, Kurzweil.

MITS Presentation 06-07.ppt

MRC Fact Sheet.doc

KZ 3000 overview.doc

(D. Haggerty-JST Inc.) 

Introduction to the New VMax Systems and Other Speech Generating Devices (K. Petri-Dynavox Systems)
10:00 - 10:30 Break Break Break Break Break Break
10:30-12:00 Online Learning (repeated) UDL-STELA from Project to  ExpansionUDL-STELAOverview.zip (I.Kirsten, P.Allen) Supporting Universal Access with Intellitools(continued)



Creating Using and Sharing (Continued)

Documenting UDL

Student Learning Profiles/Interventions

with Accommodate Pro AccommodatePro

Presentation-5.22.07.ppt(J.Crockett-Data Impact Systems)

Providing Engaging Classroom Interactive Technology and Assessments (A.Boorsma, Edutek)
 12:00-1:30  Lunch/Exhibits  Lunch/Exhibits  Lunch/Exhibits  Lunch/Exhibits  Lunch/Exhibits  Lunch/Exhibits
 1:30-3:00  UDL Panel Discussion



This session may be offered again from 3 pm to 5 pm to prevent overcrowding.


 Learn what podcasting is...

Learn podcasting from podgrunt


(C. McCarthy)

 Supporting Universal Access with Intellitools



Creating, Using and Sharing (continued)

 Read & Write Gold (R. Powers, Jr.-TextHelp)Read&Write GOLD v8 Overview.ppt 

Implementing Reading and Writing Strategies with SOLO for Maximized Outcomes ncticasestudy.pdf

Case Study_Fairfax.pdfWritingNext.pdf(K.Johnston-Don Johnston Inc.)

 Friday 8:30 -10:00  The Plymouth-Canton Universal Design for Learning ProjectMDE - Universal Education.pdf (J.Arkwright, S. Strean, C.Burnstein, J. Crockett)

 How to Implement UDL with No Money! UDLNOMONEY.zip (S.Hampton, M.Shewan)


Additional handouts for the audio and video casting portion of this presentation (F. Darling) are available at: http://lcudl.wetpaint.com/page/MITS+Institute+Handouts+%26+Resources

 Email-Out, Web 2.0-In; What's New On the Web (G.Minnick-Underwood, S. Hardin)



Tips for Creating a Protopage.pdf


Web 2.0.pdf

What is a Podcast.pdf 

What is a Wiki.pdf 


Social Bookmarks.pdf 

Clicker 5


 10:00-10:30  Break  Break  Break  Break  Break  Break
 10:30-12:00  The Plymouth-Canton Universal Design for Learning (continued)  How to Implement UDL  (continued)  Email-Out (continued)

 AAC,Literacy and Free Classroom Integration. What's New?

(G. Gibbons - Prentke Romich Corp) AAC, Literacy, and Free Classroom Integration by Gabe Gibbons Summer 2007.ppt


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