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  • Science Notebook tool screenshots

    2015–2020

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • article
    Photo of two girls using microscopes

    Gabrielle Rappolt-Schlichtmann, et al., 2013

    Science notebooks can play a critical role in activity-based science learning, but the tasks of recording, organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data create barriers that impede science learning for many students. This study (a) assessed ...

  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs logo

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    CAST has received a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs to scale the use of digital science notebooks in grades 4 through 6.

  • Photo of Christina Bosch

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

    Christina Bosch, a CAST instructional designer and a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has won a competitive and prestigious fellowship for early-career education professionals.

  • 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

  • blog-post

    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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