UDL-IRN Special Interest Groups

UDL-IRN Special Interest Groups

UDL-IRN Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

The goals of UDL-IRN SIGs are to network, collaborate, share, and develop materials and ideas for supporting UDL implementation and research. There are a number of areas in which special interest groups could focus that support the vision and strategic goals of the UDL-IRN. Examples include (but are not limited to) STEM/ STEAM, instructional design, research, the neuroscience of learning, product development, and digital design.

There are many benefits to becoming a part of a UDL-IRN Special Interest Group, including:

  • Recognition of UDL SIG leaders on the UDL-IRN website and platform
  • Social and project engagement opportunities at UDL-IRN Summit events
  • Opportunities to engage in action research with fellow SIG members
  • Opportunities to co-author materials for the IRN website and UDL platform

To learn more, see our UDL-IRN SIG Formation Guidelines.

If you would like to start working on an abstract proposal for the formation of a UDL-IRN SIG, please see the Higher Education Proposal as an example.

Proposals and questions can be submitted to mckenzie.browning@udl-irn.org

Current Special interest groups

UDL Implementation SIG
This group is focused on gathering best practices for UDL implementation. The collective work that is conducted by this SIG will inform future UDL implementers of the successful and unsuccessful means of providing an education based in the UDL framework. This work will include the consideration of differences in learner variability across different regions with an emphasis on culture, language and other factors. If you are interested in joining this SIG, please contact Cherie Smith or Mary T. Lane.
Cherie Smith - State Support Team 6, OH (csmith@sst6.org)
Mary T. Lane - New Hampshire Department of Education (mary.lane@doe.nh.gov)

Higher Education SIG
The Higher Education SIG's main goal is to develop a network within higher education in order to facilitate sharing of practical strategies, information, and professional development materials. Topics explored within this SIG include misconceptions of UDL, curriculum development, procurement, technology selections, and more. If you are interested in joining this SIG, please contact one of the SIG leaders listed below or join through the Google Group
Eric Moore - University of Tennessee (emoore50@utk.edu)
Jodie Black - Fleming College, Ontario (jodie.black@flemingcollege.ca)
Kate Snyder - Nova Scotia Community College (kate.snyder@nscc.ca)

Professional Development SIG
The Professional Development SIG is focused on creating resources and sharing ideas that will support the work of those  providing professional development on UDL. Developed resources will cover topics including introducing UDL to key stakeholders, coaching and scaling UDL implementation, building UDL professional learning communities, and more. If you are interested in joining this SIG, please contact one of the SIG leaders listed below.
Lou Ann Rosario - ESC Region 19, TX (lrosario@esc19.net)
Bill McGrath - Montgomery County Public Schools, MD (william_mcgrath@mcpsmd.org)
Sandi (Mahl) Smith - PATINS Projec
t (ssmith@ciesc.k12.in.us)