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  • People holding sparklers in celebration

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    CAST and partners awarded $5 million to design software to adapt and customize digital materials for students with disabilities.

  • Screenshots of Clusive library, and open article with settings panel.

    2018–2022

    CAST, along with partners from SRI International and the Inclusive Design Research Centre, are creating tools to ensure that K-12 students with disabilities get engaging, high-quality accessible digital learning materials, especially open education resources (OERs). The products and resources developed by CISL will enable teachers to customize instruction for the diverse needs of students with disabilities.

  • Cynthia Curry receiving the Exemplary Program Award in Educational Technology from ACRES.

    Thursday, March 7, 2019

    The AEM Center at CAST is the recipient of the 2019 Exemplary Program Award in Educational Technology from ACRES.

  • eSchool News logo

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    “Making the most of technology requires a methodical and principled approach, one that turns the aspirations of personalized learning into an effective practice of personalized learning,” writes CAST’s David Gordon in eSchool News. “Universal design for learning makes that practice possible. The challenge for educators is to realize this potential in the classroom on Monday morning.”

  • CAST works to increase opportunities to learn for all individuals. Today we pursue this mission through the scientific research, development, and dissemination of educational approaches based on Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

  • CAST’s staff publishes books, journal articles, policy statements, magazine and newsletter pieces, and also contributors to radio programs, podcasts, and videos. See some of our latest work below.

  • CAST regularly partners with organizations in the public and private sectors to explore challenging questions in education. CAST brings a unique perspective from its years of developing the Universal Design for Learning framework to scientific studies in education.

  • Photo of Sherri Wilcauskas

    Director of Federal Relations & Advancement Officer

    As CAST’s Director of Federal Relations & Advancement Officer, Sherri draws on more than a dozen years of non-profit management and fund-raising experience to support CAST's mission of fostering effective and engaging learning experiences for all.

  • 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.