Dr. Fran Smith, adjunct assistant professor of education in the School of Continuing Studies (SCS), has been named as one of two 2011-2012 postdoctoral UDL Fellows.

The UDL Fellows program is funded by a grant to CAST and Boston College’s Lynch School of Education by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning.

The UDL Fellows program prepares leaders for the field of universal design for learning (UDL), a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.

As a UDL Fellow, Smith will spend one year in residence at CAST and collaborate with research scientists, policy experts, and teacher education professionals from CAST and Boston College on UDL-based projects in two of the following four leadership areas:

  • Teacher Preparation and Professional Development
  • Policy Development at National, State and Local Levels
  • Curriculum and Instructional Practices
  • Formative and Summative Assessment Systems

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 more information about this selection, read the CAST press release.