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  • 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. CAST -- Until learning has no limits.

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    Instructional Designer & Research Associate

    After earning master’s degrees in American Studies at Yale University, I worked on my doctoral dissertation which investigated the role of the image of home in American culture up to the Civil War. This somewhat esoteric topic led to digging into ...

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    D. Rose & G. Vue, 2010

    The future is imagined by “pre-creating” the Presidential Address at the IDA Annual Conference in 2020. It begins by reviewing policy changes from 2004, including the National Instruction Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS), which led …

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    Reed & Coyne, 2013

    Stacey Reed, a 7th grade science teacher, and Peggy Coyne, a CAST research scientist, describe CAST Science Writer, a free interactive web-based instructional tool to support students’ writing scientific reports. Based on the framework ...

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    Joanne Karger et al., 2014

    This article summarizes the key legal and policy issues associated with the provision of digital learning materials to students with text-related disabilities, including dyslexia. These issues include the challenges posed by digital text ...

  • 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.

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    Monday, June 29, 2015

    Are you a middle school resource or remedial reading teacher? Would you like to help us study an innovative tool to boost student engagement and reading comprehension? Join our study!

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    Tuesday, December 1, 2015

    On November 18, Digital Promise hosted the first-ever design challenge titled “Designing a Better Future for Adult Learners.” The event took place in five locations across the United States, linked by simulcast web conferencing technology. CAST's Director of Design, Kim Ducharme, and Senior Interactive Designer, Cassandra Sell, both participated.

  • CAST regularly partners with organizations in the public and private sectors to explore challenging questions in education. CAST brings a unique perspective from its years of developing the Universal Design for Learning framework to scientific studies in education.

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    3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

    Join us as we explore developmentally appropriate apps and other technology resources for supporting the growth of language, play, literacy, and early math skills for children birth to eight years of age. Current research on the use of assistive technology for young children with disabilities will be discussed, as well as the role of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in early childhood settings.

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