A person running BEST Summer Institute 2014

Strand N

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Melissa Storm Edmiston


The UDL strand at the BEST/MTSS summer institute will introduce participants to UDL and provide tools and resources to begin using a UDL approach in the classroom.  The strand will open with an overview of UDL and the brain research that supports UDL implementation.  We will address the connections between UDL and the Common Core State Standards(CCSS) and an MTSS framework.  The bulk of time in this strand will be spent creating a personalized UDL plan for the classroom and, in doing so, investigating UDL strategies and approaches to assessment. 



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Melissa Storm Edmiston, Ph.D.

Melissa Storm Edmiston, Ph.D, Senior Research Analyst

Dr. Edmiston has 20 years of experience in education, training, technical assistance (TA), and evaluation work related to students with disabilities.  Dr. Edmiston currently serves Project Director for the Vermont Professional Development Project on Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  In this role, she oversees the development and delivery of in-person and online training and courses on UDL. 

Dr. Edmiston has expertise and presents at state, local, and national events and conference on topics related to evidence-based instruction and assessment of students with disabilities.  She also serves on the board of the Tanzania Education Fund.  She has been involved with the development of special education curriculum and training of special education teachers for the last 15 years and she taught special education for seven years.  Dr. Edmiston holds a BA in Psychology from Bates College, an MA in Special Education from the University of Colorado Denver, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia.