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  • Photo of workshop participants having a discussion

    2014–2015

    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

  • Screenshot of the CORGI Google App

    2018–2022

    This project extends a CAST/SRI Google App-based curriculum and technology innovation called CORGI (Co-Constructing Learning using 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.

  • Teacher, student and beakers

    2015–2020

    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).

  • Woman working with one of the I-SMART maps

    2017–2020

    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.

  • A sprout breaking through the pavement

    2014–2018

    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.

  • Teacher viewing Writer's Key progress monitoring screen.

    2017–2020

    A research project to develop and evaluate the impact of a writing professional learning ecosystem to support the needs of 7th and 8th grade teachers to provide more effective writing instruction to students with high-incidence disabilities in preparation for college and career.

  • Learning Designed logo

    2016–2020

    CAST and the UDL Implementation Research Network are leading a field-building initiative to stimulate, support, and sustain best practices in UDL education program design, product development, and classroom instruction to meet the growing global demand for UDL as a design framework that recognizes variability among all learners.

  • Screen shot of Writer's Key online tool for teaching composition writing

    2011–2014

    Researchers from CAST and Arizona State University developed and tested Writer’s Key, a web-based tool that guides and supports middle-school students in writing argumentative (persuasive) and informational (expository) compositions. The research team based the design of Writer's Key on the framework of Universal Design for Learning. In addition to scaffolding users in the writing process, Writer's Key also provides supports for users such as multiple models, skill development activities, interactive work spaces, guided questions, and a breakdown of writing by process components in a flexible work space. Additionally, built-in peer to peer and teacher to student feedback support the writing process.

  • Photo of a woman typing on a keyboard

    2013–2015

    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.

  • Photo of a blank label

    2013–2015

    In this empirical study, CAST explores the prevalence and impact of stigmatization and stereotype threat on mathematics performance among public high school students (grades 9-12) with specific learning disabilities.

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