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First Postdoctoral Fellows Named to Prepare Leaders in UDL

January 12, 2010
Contact: Janet Gronneberg
jgronneberg [at] cast [dot] org
40 Harvard Mills Square, Suite 3
Wakefield, MA 01880
Tel: 781-245-2212 ext. 275





Wakefield, MA, January 12, 2010 — CAST announced today the appointment of the first two UDL Fellows as part of a four-year leadership program awarded to Boston College and CAST and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to prepare leaders for the field of universal design for learning.

The UDL Fellows will be in residence at CAST beginning today for one year and will collaborate with research scientists, policy experts, and teacher education professionals from CAST and Boston College on UDL-based projects in issues critical to growing the field of UDL.

In naming the first two UDL Fellows, principal investigator Richard Jackson notes, “Both candidates bring an outstanding record of scholarship and leadership to the position; we fully expect they will make significant contributions to the field of universal design for learning in the coming years.”

Boston College and CAST are pleased to announce UDL Fellowships have been awarded to:

Elizabeth Dalton, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Dalton brings over twenty years of leadership experience in special education and assistive technology to the position. She has supervised student teachers in special education throughout Rhode Island and has taught special education and assistive technology courses at the graduate and undergraduate level as an assistant professor at Rhode Island College. Dr. Dalton has participated in multiple UDL educator training sessions over the past six years and recently collaborated with CAST and the Rhode Island Department of Education to develop universally designed curriculum units for teachers to use as models for UDL integration. Her dissertation, which focuses on assistive technology, state standards and student performance in the context of evidence-based practice, was honored as “Outstanding PhD dissertation of 2009 in Education” from the University of Rhode Island. Fellowship focus areas: UDL in teacher preparation/practice; universally designed formative and summative assessment systems.

Elizabeth Hartmann, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Hartmann’s research training, teaching experience, and professional background focus on the intersection of the working lives of teachers and the assessment and instruction of diverse learners with multiple and complex support needs. Dr. Hartmann is a Deafblind Educational Specialist and, prior to accepting the fellowship, taught a range of courses in the Department of Special Education at San Francisco State University, including core methods classes on assessment, evidence-based teaching methods, and teacher collaboration in inclusive settings. She has extensive training in the use of both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies in the areas of teacher education and learning. She is the recipient of numerous honors and research awards including a training grant fellowship from the Spencer Foundation. Dr. Hartmann received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 2009. Fellowship focus areas: UDL in teacher preparation/professional development; development of UDL curriculum and instructional practices.

UDL Fellows receive a generous stipend, tuition credits at Boston College, a travel allowance and have access to the university’s and CAST’s resources and facilities. For application information for the September 2010 UDL Fellowship program, please email udlfellows [at] cast [dot] org.

About the National Center on UDL
The National Center on Universal Design for Learning ( was launched in October 2009 with support from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. The Center aims to advance the field of UDL by supporting effective implementation of UDL in schools nationwide through information dissemination, sharing of best practices, convening key stakeholder organizations in education policy and advocacy, and sharing research that validates UDL approaches.

About CAST
Founded in 1984 as the Center for Applied Special Technology, CAST has earned international recognition for its development of innovative learning resources and for articulating the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework for creating inclusive educational environments. For more information, go to

Last Updated: 03/11/2011

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