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About CAST


Located a short distance north of Boston, CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. 

The CAST team includes about 40 talented employees, including world-class educators, learning scientists, instructional designers, literacy experts, policy analysts, UX and graphic designers, software engineers, and a first-rate administrative and executive staff. 

Our Mission and Vision

CAST pledges to work tirelessly to understand the full extent of human learner variability and to find transformative approaches that make education more effective for all.

In this video, Co-Presidents Lisa J. Poller and Gabrielle Rappolt-Schlichtmann discuss CAST’s motto Until Learning Has No Limits and how that phrase guides all of our endeavors.

Our People

In this video, CAST's Co-Presidents describe our diverse and creative staff, a group that is constantly reinventing itself.

Our people share a passion for busting barriers to learning wherever they exist.

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Our History

Since its founding in 1984, CAST has seeded and grown the field of Universal Design for Learning through creative research and development, strategic partnerships, teacher preparation and support, and international outreach.


View the CAST timeline