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  • Cover of School Administrator Magazine

    Thursday, November 5, 2015

    The November 2015 issue of School Administrator a magazine that circulates to more than 13,000 school and district leaders, features a package of stories about universal design for learning (UDL) and highlights CAST's free resources for schools.

  • Photo of the United States Capitol building in Washington, DC

    Thursday, July 26, 2018

    CAST CEO Linda Gerstle issued a statement supporting the passage of The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (HR.2353), which includes Universal Design for Learning.

  • Photo of Jenna W. Gravel

    Director of Research and Curriculum for Professional Learning

    As Director of Research and Curriculum for Professional Learning,  Jenna W. Gravel works to connect research and practice by supporting educators to apply UDL to the classroom in order to engage all learners in rich, sophisticated learning opportunities. Specifically, Dr. Gravel’s research explores the intersections of UDL and disciplinary thinking in English Language Arts (ELA) and the ways that these intersections can promote diverse learners’ engagements in discipline-specific practices, commitments, and habits of mind. She studies these themes by drawing from approaches that emphasize partnerships between researchers and practitioners in order to examine interventions through iterative cycles of inquiry. She seeks to explore how these research-practice collaborations can serve as meaningful sources of professional learning for educators.

  • CAST conducts research and development of innovative solutions to make education more inclusive and effective.

  • Monday, September 12, 2016

    Senior U.S. Department of Education officials visit CAST and local schools that practice UDL during "Opportunity Across America" Back-to-School Bus Tour. Sue Swenson, acting assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), and Ruth Ryder, acting director of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), will visit CAST on Tuesday afternoon for a “Learning and Listening” roundtable discussion of hot-button topics such as ways to improve K-12 literacy instruction, assessment, classroom products, and teacher preparation to make schools more inclusive and effective.

  • YouthBuild student drilling a ceiling

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    During the week of May 14-21, 2018, CAST's CEE-STEM project will be featured in the NSF STEM for All Video Showcase. This week-long, virtual showcase creates an opportunity for NSF-funded research projects in various stages to discuss their work with fellow researchers as well as the public.

  • Photo of Emma L. Starr

    Research Associate

    As a research associate at CAST, Emma contributes to research on how UDL can enhance education for all learners.

  • article

    David Rose, et al., 2014

    While the Common Core State Standards can shape our expectations for the curriculum, they cannot answer the complex question facing classroom educators each day: how to guide students to reach those standards. In this article written ...

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    Janet Gronneberg and Sam Johnston, 2015

    This article summarizes Universal Design for Learning, a framework for the design of materials and instructional methods that are usable by a wide range of students.

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    , 2013

    In this article, the authors examine the intersection of arts education and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to inform the design of better art, curricula, and UDL checkpoints. They build a case for the contribution of the arts ...

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