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Current & Past Projects

CAST investigates solutions to the most critical questions across preK–12, Higher Ed, and workforce, including questions related to equity, access, and outcomes. Building on an award-winning history, we co-design transformative solutions, improvement strategies, implementation systems and practices, and tools for learning.

Current Projects

Photo of a student and teacher working together, screenshot of Corgi on a tablet
2020 – 2025

Corgi 2020: Scaling Models for the Classrooms of Tomorrow

Corgi graphic organizers are great on their own, but we're making them even better with a suite of professional learning resources to support their use in the classroom.

Photo of two educators looking at the UDL Guidelines and working on a sticky note activity
2020 – 2023

CCIL: Inclusive Literacy for California Students

We're working with California educators to design and deliver more inclusive literacy instruction.

Photo of a mother and daughter speaking with an educator
2020 – 2023

IEP Improvement Project: Empowering Massachusetts Schools to Improve Service to Students

Family engagement in the IEP process is essential. Learn more about our professional learning work in Massachusetts to ensure a more equitable IEP process.

Photo collage of families doing makerspace activities together
2020 – 2022

Multi-Gen STEM Makerspaces Will Boost School, Career Prospects

We're developing and researching a sustainable model for multigenerational making and learning that can support a STEM career trajectory.

Photo of two people working on a piece of machinery
2020 – 2021

CTEfolio: Supporting Hands-on Learning in a Remote Environment

Bringing our e-portfolio work into CTE programs so students can show what they know in new ways.

Photo of a group of children bike riding in the woods with adults
2020 – 2021

Learning Outside the Box: Co-Developing a CTE Pathway in Outdoor Recreation

Learn how CAST is helping build stronger career pathways for New Hampshire students in outdoor recreation.

Photo of an educator recording themselves with a video camera
2020 – 2021

UDL Video Club: Building Teacher Capacity to Reach All Learners

Educators in New Hampshire's remote North Country are working with CAST on a Virtual UDL Video Club to share and explore ways of enhancing their practice.

Illustration of a series of media representing varied ways of feeling, seeing and hearing content.
2019 – 2024

AEM Center: National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning

Accessible materials are an essential component in UDL implementation. Learn how the AEM Center can help ramp up your accessible materials systems and practices.

Screenshot of the IMTfolio Challenges page in the app
2019 – 2020

IMTfolio: Opening Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways to People with Disabilities

We're building a portable e-portfolio to help document young people's prior learning in competencies relevant to future apprenticeships.

CITES logo: Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems
2018 – 2023

CITES: Developing Comprehensive & Sustainable Systems for the Effective Use of Technology

We're framing the future of learning and technology by bringing together educational technology, information technology, and assistive technology.

Worker fixing an engine
2018 – 2022

AccessATE: Accessibility for Community College Technician Education

Supporting community and technical colleges in developing and maintaining accessible materials and practices.

Screenshots of Clusive library, and open article with settings panel.
2018 – 2022

CISL: Working to Ensure High Quality Digital Learning for All

Together we will transform the digital learning landscape so that everyone has a chance to engage in and succeed in digital learning.

Corgi logo: Co-organize your learning
2018 – 2022

Corgi-2: Enhancing Middle School STEM Learning

We took what’s already great about graphic organizers and made them more flexible and accessible.

NH Educators working on a journey mapping activity
2018 – 2022

NH UDL: New Hampshire UDL Innovation Network

We're supporting New Hampshire educators in building and sustaining a state-wide model for UDL implementation.

TIES Center logo
2018 – 2022

TIES Center: Meaningful Inclusion for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Supporting the development of systems that not only include more students with cognitive disabilities, but meet each learner's needs in meaningful ways.

Two workers in lab coats and gloves working in a laboratory
2018 – 2020

ARMI: Career Exploration Pathways into Advanced Manufacturing for Diverse Learners

We're building a more inclusive talent pool for futuristic fields as robotics, biofabrication, and hybrid electronics.

Photo of young people working on a construction site
2017 – 2021

CEE-STEM: Exploring STEM Careers with Opportunity Youth

Our STEMfolio tool leverages mobile technologies and competency-based progress monitoring to help youth develop STEM interests and skills.

Teacher viewing Writer's Key progress monitoring screen.
2017 – 2021

Writer's Workbench: The Keys to Writing Smarter

As an extension of our Writer's Key tool, we're building a professional learning ecosystem to support more effective writing instruction.

Woman working with one of the I-SMART maps
2017 – 2020

I-SMART: Assessing Science Knowledge & Skills for Struggling Students

Ensuring science assessments are truly inclusive of all learners, including those with significant cognitive disabilities.

Productive struggle at work in Partners in Motion exhibit
2017 – 2020

Designing for Productive Struggle in Informal Science Learning

How do we design informal science learning challenges that are exhilarating, challenging, intensive, and fruitful?

Learning Designed logo
2016 – present

UDL-CCI: UDL Credentials & Certifications for Educators & Product Developers

We're leading a UDL field-building initiative around credentials and certifications for educators and product developers.

Science Notebook tool screenshots
2015 – 2020

SNUDLE: Student Efficacy Trial

Our UDL science notebook will be used in classrooms across the United States, supporting 4th grade students' science learning.

SNUDLE logo
2015 – 2020

SNUDLE: Building Teacher Skills

Helping teachers use science notebooks to support student science knowledge, motivation for science, and sense-making.

Past Projects

Our past work influences our current work in meaningful ways. Resources developed during the course of a project provide insight into the way we work, and are often publicly available to the field of education and learning.

A person sitting at a table using headphones, a laptop computer, and a pen
2020

A UDL Perspective on Assessment

Learn more about our interactive professional learning on UDL and assessments through interactive video modules.

A sprout breaking through the pavement
2014 – 2018

RAISE: Science Education for Incarcerated Youth

Universally designed science content for incarcerated youth to broaden career horizons.

Two girls at a Smartboard
2016

Putting Students in the EdTech Design Seat

What would it look like if next generation learning technologies were designed by students, not just for them?

Screenshot of the Udio dashboard
2012 – 2016

CET-UDIO: Closing the Literacy Gap

Our digital literacy environment was developed with UDL supports and scaffolds for struggling readers.

Screenshot of the COLSD web site home page
2012 – 2016

COLSD: Making Online Learning Accessible & Effective

Does online learning work for students with disabilities?

Photo of a woman typing on a keyboard
2013 – 2015

Inquiry Primed: Making Science More Inviting & Effective

What is stereotype threat and how can educators mitigate its effects?

Photo of a blank label
2013 – 2015

Understanding the Effects of Stigmas and Stereotypes for Students with Learning Disabilities

Download the Stigma Consciousness Questionnaire-Learning Disabilities (SCQ-LD) developed as part of this work.

Screenshot of the UDL OnCampus web site home page
2012 – 2015

Project OPEN: Providing UDL Resources for Postsecondary Learning

Whether your postsecondary learning is in-person or online, UDL on Campus has resources and tips for course and assignment development and delivery.

Screen shot of Writer's Key online tool for teaching composition writing
2011 – 2014

Writer's Key: Online Tool Supports Middle School Writers

Composing informational and argumentative text can be a challenge. Writer's Key is up to the task.

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