Science Notebook in a Universal Design for Learning Environment (SNUDLE) is a digital solution to support the active science learning of elementary school students, including those who have difficulty reading and writing or are otherwise unmotivated for science learning. UDL is leveraged as the design framework so that construct-irrelevant barriers to science learning are actively lowered through the provision of support, and just-in-time scaffolding is provided to support the process of active science learning and, specifically, the effective use of science notebooks. This current Goal 3 project is a replication study that builds on the positive outcomes from a prior efficacy trial.
CAST is partnering with the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) to create a Web-based professional development course to help 8th-grade Science teachers understand stereotype threat and adopt UDL-based methods to reduce the likely effects of threat in their everyday instruction.
Project Raise is an NSF funded project partnering with University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES), and the Department of Youth Services (DYS) to create an innovative new model for teaching science to incarcerated youth.
A suite of implementation tools and professional learning resources for scaled and effective use of CAST’s evidence-based Science Notebook in a Universal Design for Learning Environment (SNUDLE).
We are working with the Museum of Science to define and create exhibit design guidelines for eliciting “productive struggle.”
The goal of the I-SMART project is to develop rigorous, universally designed science assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities and any students who are not meeting grade-level standards.
In this project funded by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, CAST is creating a suite of online professional learning courses for high school teachers to teach the principles of Universal Design for Learning
This project extends a CAST/SRI Google App-based curriculum and technology innovation called Corgi(Co-Organize Learning with the Google Interface) to improve STEM learning and higher-order thinking for middle students with learning disabilities and their typically developing peers in general education STEM courses.
STEMfolio, a tool developed by the CEE-STEM project team, will provide young people who have often struggled in traditional schools with a personalized, universally designed way to build foundational knowledge, demonstrate their learning, explore and engage in potential STEM career pathways of interest.
CAST and the University of Kansas have created Corgi, an innovative suite of tools that marks the next generation of information and graphic organizers. These tools support students to organize and co-organize their learning by engaging with graphic organizers in a digital, flexible, Google App environment that can be integrated into any learning environment.
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