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  • 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.

  • Photo of two educators looking at the UDL Guidelines and working on a sticky note activity

    2020–2023

    The California Coalition for Inclusive Literacy (CCIL) supports the design and delivery of Universally Designed professional learning in literacy development, equipping teachers and paraeducators with tools and strategies to provide students with disabilities with access to grade-level content standards in inclusive classroom environments.

  • Photo of three people at a meeting table

    CAST's internship program provides interns with opportunities to supplement academics with real-world, career-building experiences....

  • 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.

  • Photo of a blank label

    2013–2015

    In this empirical study, CAST explores the prevalence and impact of stigmatization and stereotype threat on mathematics performance among public high school students (grades 9-12) with specific learning disabilities.

  • Photo of David Rose

    Thursday, February 9, 2017

    CAST Co-Founder David Rose will receive the J.E. Wallace Wallin Special Education Lifetime Achievement Award at CEC 2017.

  • Cover of School Administrator Magazine

    Thursday, November 5, 2015

    The November 2015 issue of School Administrator a magazine that circulates to more than 13,000 school and district leaders, features a package of stories about universal design for learning (UDL) and highlights CAST's free resources for schools.

  • Photo of young people working on a construction site

    2016–2020

    STEMfolio, a tool developed by the CEE-STEM project team, will provide young people who have often struggled in traditional schools with a personalized, universally designed way to build foundational knowledge, demonstrate their learning, explore and engage in potential STEM career pathways of interest.

  • Productive struggle at work in Partners in Motion exhibit

    2017–2019

    We are working with the Museum of Science to define and create exhibit design guidelines for eliciting “productive struggle.”

  • Screenshot of the UDL OnCampus web site home page

    2012–2015

    The Open Professionals Education Network (OPEN) provides free support and technical assistance to all grantees of the $2 billion Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training