UDL Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What type of program is REACH MS?

Realizing Excellence for All Children in Mississippi (REACH MS) is Mississippi’s State Personnel Development Grant which focuses primarily on supporting school-wide and district-wide implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Originally awarded to the Mississippi Department of Education in 2005, the grant is operated by the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Education.

The purpose of REACH MS is to:

  • Provide high quality professional learning opportunities meeting the needs of educators, related service providers, families, and children of our state.
  • Increase the engagement of stakeholders within and beyond the Mississippi Department of Education to support a more unified, sustainable structure of professional learning processes, products, and opportunities for both pre-service and in-service educators.
  • Engage and support local education agencies, institutes of higher learning, families, and other stakeholders to increase Mississippi’s capacity to meet state goals relevant to PBIS, UDL, and SEL through program improvement.


What services can REACH MS provide for my school/district (training, coaching, etc.)?


How do I request UDL training/coaching for my district/school?

  • If your school is located above Jackson, you may contact Hope Ratcliff, Academic Specialist for the Northern Region of MS here.
  • If your school is located below Jackson, you may contact Paige Davis, Academic Specialist for the Southern Region of MS here.
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at reachms@usm.edu


Where is the link to the registration for the training?

  • In order to receive the link to the UDL registration, make sure you join the REACH MS listserv here. You will then be signed up to receive news and updates delivered to your inbox, including training registration information.


How do I complete the pre/post tests?

  • Once you have registered for the training, the link and password for all training materials pertaining to a specified training, including pre and posttests, will be sent to you. If you have difficulty accessing the training materials or tests before or after you complete the training, please contact MaryDean Keyes, Administrative Specialist, at Keyes@usm.edu or call 601-266-4693.
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at reachms@usm.edu


How do I become certified in UDL once I complete the training?