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Public Lecture on Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at Mount Saint Vincent University

Mount Saint Vincent University, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Community College, is pleased to present a public lecture by Dr. David Rose, with Dr. Katie Novak from the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST).  Dr. Rose and Dr. Novak are leaders in UDL integration at both the P-12 and post-secondary levels.

This public lecture is open to anyone in Nova Scotia who would like to learn more about UDL.  Everyone, from those new to UDL to experienced UDL practitioners, will benefit from this unique learning opportunity.

newlogos defines UDL as follows:

Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn.  UDL guides the design of instructional goals, assessments, methods, and materials that can be customized and adjusted to meet individual needs. (

CAST believes that learning is as unique as students’ fingerprints, and they are continually designing pedagogical approaches to minimize barriers and maximize learning potential for all learners.

This public lecture is designed to provide access to the most recent teaching and learning resources available for post-secondary educators within a global context. Today’s student population is more diverse than ever, and educators must be committed to providing the best pedagogical approaches to ensure student success.  Additionally, those who consider UDL will ensure inclusivity and support accessibility for all students.

Dr. David Rose

David Rose

David Rose is a developmental neuropsychologist and educator whose primary focus is on the development of new technologies for learning.  In 1984, Dr. Rose co-founded CAST, a not-for-profit research and development organization whose mission is to improve education, for all learners, through innovative uses of modern multimedia technology and contemporary research in the cognitive neurosciences. That work has grown into a new field called Universal Design for Learning which now influences educational policy and practice throughout the United States and beyond.

Dr. Rose has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for nearly three decades.  He leads or participates in many of CAST's technology and media development projects that have resulted in programs that are both award-winning and commercially successful including: Literary Place (Scholastic); Wiggleworks; (Scholastic); Thinking Reader (Tom Snyder/Scholastic); CAST’s Bobby (now distributed by IBM); AMP Reading System (Pearson).  David also regularly advises state departments of education on policies related to the education of students with disabilities and designing universally designed educational systems.

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Katie Novak is currently the Assistant Superintendent of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in MA. With 14 years of experience in teaching and administration, and an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching from Boston University, Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), multi-tiered systems of support, and 21st century learning. 

As a teacher, Katie was selected by the Teaching Channel to be featured in a series of videos about educator excellence. Katie is also the author of best-selling book on inclusive education: UDL Now! A Teacher’s Monday Morning Guide to Common Core Implementation using Universal Design for Learning (2014), UDL in the Cloud: How to Deliver Online Education Using Universal Design for Learning (2016), and Universally Designed Leadership (June, 2016), all published by CAST Publishing. Lastly, she is a graduate instructor who teaches face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses focused on Universal Design for Learning.

Online Discussion Forum (Muut)

Nova Scotians are invited to participate in an online discussion forum to learn from each other and to share their knowledge, involvement, practice and success with UDL!  Share ideas, ask questions, and learn from others by joining our discussion here... 

Education Begins with Inclusion

In advance of the public lecture on October 13, 2016, there will be three informal meetings to discuss the book Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice. The book can be accessed for free online at:


Two meetings will be in person (Room TBA) on Friday September 30 from 12:00pm - 12:45pm and on Tuesday, October 4 from 12:00pm – 12:45pm. Please email if you plan to attend to get location details.

One meeting will be hosted on Twitter, on October 5 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm. Follow the twitter account @NS_UDL and follow and use the hashtag #NSUDL during this time to join in on the conversation.

If you have any questions, email any time.


Thursday, October 13, 2016


6:00pm - 6:45pm - Arrival, parking and seating
7:00pm - 8:30pm - Public lecture


Rosaria Student Centre, Multipurpose Room

Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3M 2J6

Volunteers and Signage

When you arrive to the Mount campus, there will be volunteers and directional signage to assist with finding a parking space and the room location.

Campus Map, Accessible Routes, On-Campus Parking and Direction