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  • Photo of Kim Ducharme

    Director of Educational User Experience Design

    As Director of Educational User Experience Design, Kim Ducharme heads up design strategy and user experience for the development of interactive learning environments and tools that expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. She leverages ...

  • Photo of Mindy Johnson

    Director of Digital Communications & Outreach

    As Director of Digital Communications & Outreach, Mindy Johnson develops and oversees a consistent digital communications strategy for all CAST online and social media outreach to promote and extend CAST’s strategic plan.

  • Two girls at a Smartboard

    2016

    This EdTech Design Challenge and Incubator project gives high school youth the opportunity to immerse themselves in design thinking, cutting-edge technology and the innovation economy, allowing them to discover new talents and interests beyond the narrow confines and literacies valued in school.

  • 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.

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    UDL Guidelines

    Monday, September 28 – Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    This institute goes beyond introductory material to explore the UDL Guidelines more deeply, including the research on learning, human variability, and how those play out in the design of instruction.

  • 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 Sam Johnston

    Director of Postsecondary & Workforce Development

    As Director of Postsecondary & Workforce Development, Sam Catherine Johnston provides thought and operational leadership in CAST’s workforce/postsecondary opportunities.

  • 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.

  • CAST offers a number of robust (and free) learning tools. These tools, designed and tested as part of CAST’s research projects, help educators, parents, and students experience the power of flexible learning environments.

  • Friday, March 30, 2018

    Exciting partnership between CAST and Stanford University in establishing the UDL Innovation Studio at the Schwab Learning Center.