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  • SNUDLE photo and screenshot montage

    The goal of this project is to create 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).

  • Screenshot of the UDL On Campus website home page

    UDL on Campus is a free online resource for postsecondary institutions and educators that offers tutorials and practical resources in UDL theory and practice for the unique needs of adult learners.

  • Photo collage of families doing makerspace activities together

    The Multi-Gen Makers project is a collaboration with residents from Bayview Towers, a 200-unit affordable housing complex in Connecticut. Through a design-based research approach with iterative cycles of co-design, the project will develop and research a sustainable model for multigenerational making and learning that build the skills and dispositions that can support a STEM career trajectory.

  • Photo of a woman typing on a keyboard

    CAST partnered 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 stereotype threat in their everyday instruction.

  • Woman working with one of the I-SMART maps

    The goal of the I-SMART project is to develop rigorous, universally designed science assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities and any students who are not meeting grade-level standards.

  • Productive struggle at work in Partners in Motion exhibit

    We're exploring how informal science learning experiences can support science museum visitors' engagement in "productive struggle” — learning challenges that are exhilarating, challenging, intensive, and fruitful. 

  • Our technical assistance centers, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, offer universal, targeted, and intensive technical assistance for stakeholders.

  • CAST investigates solutions to the most critical questions across preK–12, Higher Ed, and workforce, including questions related to equity, access, and outcomes. Building on an award-winning history, we co-design transformative solutions, improvement strategies, implementation systems and practices, and tools for learning.

  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn.

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    Senior Director of Learning & Innovation

    Dr. James D. Basham is the Senior Director of Learning & Innovation at CAST and founder of the Universal Design for Learning - Implementation and Research Network (UDL-IRN). He is also an Associate Professor at the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas.

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