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New Film Series Released: "UDL Principles and Practice"

Mar. 12, 2010
Contact: David Gordon
dgordon [at] cast [dot] org
Tel: 781-245-2212 ext. 275



Wakefield, MA, March 12, 2010 — The National Center on Universal Design for Learning and CAST today unveiled a new website feature—the UDL Screening Room—and a series of online films that explore the principles of universal design for learning (UDL) and the UDL Guidelines, and provides practical examples of UDL implementation in three classrooms.

The six-part series is found at The films, ranging from 3 to 10 minutes each, are offered free of charge, and the National Center encourages organizations to link to them for educational use.  They were created with support from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation in response to calls from the fields of education policy and practice for more practical resources for understanding and implementing UDL.

UDL is a research-based set of principles for creating curriculum—including instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments—that provide all individuals with greater opportunities to learn. 

Filming was conducted in the spring and summer of 2009 in three classrooms (Grades 1, 5, and 6) and with an expert panel at CAST. The National Center expects to add exemplars from more grades, including high school and postsecondary classrooms. 

About the National Center on UDL
The National Center on Universal Design for Learning ( was launched in 2009 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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