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About CAST

CAST is a multifaceted organization with a singular ambition: Bust the barriers to learning that millions of people experience every day. We do this by helping educators and organizations apply insights from the learning sciences and leading-edge practices to educational design and implementation.

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UDL-Con: International. Our Stories. Our Community. Convention, connection, conversation. #UDLcon

UDL-Con: International

This year, for the first time, CAST’s Annual Symposium and the UDL-IRN Summit are joining forces to create the world’s largest International UDL Convention. 

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Join us in recognizing the champions of Universal Design for Learning. Awards will be presented at UDLCon: International on July 30th, 2024 Sacramento, CA

The UDL Awards 2024

In honor of our 40th Anniversary, CAST proudly presents the inaugural Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Awards, recognizing exemplary leaders and distinctive contributions that drive innovation and inclusivity in education.

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New Board of Directors Announcement

We welcome Karla Estrada, LaRon A. Scott, and Kristina Ishmael to the CAST Board of Directors! Their expertise and passion for equitable, inclusive education align perfectly with our mission.

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Postsecondary & CTE: Instructor-Led Course

Supporting UDL Implementation

With a focus on application, this course will expose participants to tools and strategies for building UDL practices into the existing processes and policies at their institution

Monday, June 17 – Friday, August 9, 2024

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Postsecondary & CTE: Instructor-Led Course

Introduction: Explore Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn can make the postsecondary teaching and learning experience better for everyone. At the core of the UDL framework is the belief that learners are variable – what works for one learner will not work for the entire class. CAST’s Postsecondary and Workforce Development division offers a hybrid course to prepare higher education faculty, instructional designers, and administrators to apply the Universal Design for Learning framework in their courses and programs. The course content includes strategies to revamp learning goals, materials, technologies, methods, and assessments to remove barriers to learning for students. Creating and procuring accessible educational materials and technologies is emphasized as a critical aspect of UDL implementation. Upon course completion participants are eligible to submit a portfolio to receive the Postsecondary UDL credential.

Tuesday, September 10 – Friday, November 1, 2024

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PreK–12: Instructor-Led Course

Introduction to Universal Design for Learning

In this introductory online course for preK–12 educators, participants learn the research basis for UDL, practical applications of UDL to lesson design, and helpful technology tools that support flexible, inclusive instruction.

Wednesday, September 11 – Monday, December 16, 2024

Stories From Our Work

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CAST Partners with New Hampshire Prisons to Apply UDL to “Choose Love” Curriculum

What happens when we redesign a curriculum to meet the needs of incarcerated adult learners?

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CAST Teams Up with Rural California Schools to Build Bridges for Learning & Healing

We're supporting districts in northern California to recover after learning loss as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic compounded with the devastating wildfires in that region.

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World Vision, Illustrative Math Use CAST Curriculum Review to Make Learning More Accessible

We partner with organizations designing learning experiences and materials to review and provide support in making their products more accessible and universally designed.

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CAST Celebrates 40 Years of Impact in Education at Microsoft

Our 40th Anniversary event hosted by Microsoft in Washington DC

Monday, May 20, 2024

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CAST Takes Center Stage at the White House

CAST visits the White House for a round table with the Department of Education

Monday, May 20, 2024

Headshots of the new CAST Board Members Karla Estrada, LaRon A. Scott, Kristin Ishmael

New Board of Directors Announcement

We are thrilled to announce the addition of three remarkable individuals to the CAST Board of Directors: Karla Estrada, LaRon A. Scott, and Kristina Ishmael.

Monday, February 12, 2024

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