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New UDL Postdoctoral Fellows Named for 2010-2011 Year

April 29, 2010
Contact: David Gordon
dgordon [at] cast [dot] org
Tel: 781-245-2212 ext. 275



Wakefield, MA, April 29, 2010 — CAST announced today the appointment of two postdoctoral UDL Fellows in the second year 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 in September 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.

“We are very pleased with the high qualifications these two new UDL fellows bring to the postdoctoral fellowship,” says Richard Jackson, Principal Investigator of the program. “Once again our efforts have yielded two outstanding appointees for our UDL Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. Don Glass has amassed a notable record of accomplishment with his creative applications of UDL principles to educational reform through the arts. Patti Ralabate has been a relentless advocate for UDL through her presentations and publications and her work with the National UDL Task Force. Indeed, we are most fortunate to have two such talented individuals join our team as we move the project forward over the coming year with significant policy and practice initiatives.”

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

Don Glass, Ph.D.
Don Glass comes from a background of arts, education, and evaluation to assist teachers in engaging students in creative, collaborative and authentic learning experiences. As the current Director of Outcomes and Evaluation at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, VSA arts, in Washington, DC, Dr. Glass has taken the lead to conduct evaluation research and in-service professional development to translate UDL into practice with the arts as a mechanism to provide both low and high tech learning opportunities. Building on his interests in professional development, curriculum and instructional practices, and assessment, Dr. Glass will work to expand connections between UDL and art integration to continue efforts to prepare teachers to initiate and support UDL implementation in practice.

Patricia Ralabate, Ph.D.
With almost 30 years of experience in the educational field: as a practitioner, policy analyst, and advocate for all students, Dr. Ralabate brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this postdoctoral fellowship position. As a senior policy analyst at the National Education Association (NEA) in Washington, DC, Patricia Ralabate has built collaborative relationships with 50 state affiliates to help build partnerships among national educational and disability groups, represents the NEA on various national coalitions and advisory boards, developed and presented workshops on UDL as not only a philosophy to help students with special needs, but for all students, as well as other roles and responsibilities. She has been a leading force behind the establishment of a National UDL Task Force and co-chairs its communications committee. At CAST and Boston College, Dr. Ralabate will focus on creating additional resources to provide educational supports for implementation of UDL on both a practical and policy level to bridge the gap between special education and general education.

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 year beginning September 2011, 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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