1:00PM – 2:00PM ET on Friday, June 9, 2017
Join CAST on Friday, June 9th for a free online UDL workshop with Katie Novak and Kristan Rodriguez to discuss the challenges of implementing UDL and the strategies needed to create a more inclusive, equitable, and effective learning environment.
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.
CAST offers recommendations to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) to improve its proposed accommodations for students with disabilities who take PARCC’s large-scale assessment. The accommodations in question concern reading and the use of calculators.
Director of Technical Assistance
Joy Smiley Zabala is a leading expert on the use of assistive technology (AT) to improve education for people with disabilities. As a technologist, special educator, teacher trainer, and conference speaker, Dr. Zabala has earned international recognition ...
Senior Policy Analyst
A nationally recognized expert in accessible educational materials and Universal Design for Learning, Skip Stahl has extensive experience in advising education stakeholders--including states, district leaders, publishers and policy makers--on how to ...
Hall, T.E. et al., 2015
CAST created Strategic Reader, a technology-based system blending Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) in a digital learning environment to improve reading comprehension instruction. This experimental study evaluates the effectiveness of The Strategic Reader ...
Rose, et al. (Eds.), 2005
This book addresses crucial questions about how to create full access to the general education curriculum for children with disabilities.
Superintendent, Andover (MA) Public Schools
On July 1, 2015, Dr. Sheldon H. Berman assumed the superintendency of the Andover Public Schools in Massachusetts, as their interim superintendent for 2015-16...
Director of Research and Curriculum for Professional Learning
As Director of Research and Curriculum for Professional Learning, Jenna W. Gravel works to connect research and practice by supporting educators to apply UDL to the classroom in order to engage all learners in rich, sophisticated learning opportunities. Specifically, Dr. Gravel’s research explores the intersections of UDL and disciplinary thinking in English Language Arts (ELA) and the ways that these intersections can promote diverse learners’ engagements in discipline-specific practices, commitments, and habits of mind. She studies these themes by drawing from approaches that emphasize partnerships between researchers and practitioners in order to examine interventions through iterative cycles of inquiry. She seeks to explore how these research-practice collaborations can serve as meaningful sources of professional learning for educators.