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

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    This past December, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces No Child Left Behind. And for the first time, the nation’s general K-12 education law defines and endorses Universal Design for Learning.

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    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.

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    Technology Consultant to Non-Profit Organizations (Retired)

    Jim Williamson recently retired as President of Williamson Consulting, Inc. which he formed in 1998 to continue his information technology consultation as an independent practitioner. He formed Williamson Consulting, Inc., in June of 1998 to continue ...

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    CAST, 2013

    CAST responds to request by the writers of the assessments aligned to Common Core standards for comments on drafts of the assessments. In this statement, CAST points out five areas where the assessments could be improved to make ...

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    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.

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    Monday, August 10 – Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    First Annual CAST UDL Symposium! Join educators, administrators, and researchers from K-12 and higher education to work with leading UDL experts to explore the latest in brain research, teaching practices, and curriculum design.

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    Monday, July 31 – Wednesday, August 2, 2017

    Providing high quality education is a matter of social justice, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an innovative framework that supports all learners—regardless of socioeconomic, cultural, gender, language, cognitive, physical, and emotional background—by providing exceptional, rigorous learning opportunities. UDL proactively infuses opportunities for learners to overcome barriers and ensure that learning has no limits.

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    Collaborative Learning App Design Challenge

    Friday, September 28 – Saturday, September 29, 2018

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    CAST, 2013

    CAST responds to a request by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) for comments on its draft PARCC Accommodations Manual for the organization’s large-scale assessment. In this statement, CAST points out five areas where the assessments could be improved to make them more accessible and effective for learners, especially those with disabilities.

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    Monday, March 9 – Thursday, March 12, 2020

    Visit our CAST of Characters at SXSW EDU in Austin, TX, March 9 – 12, 2020. Learn more about our sessions and follow along on social media using the #SXSWEDU hashtag.