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Funders & Partners

CAST's work is made possible by the generous financial support of foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individuals—all partners in the effort to make education more accessible, rewarding, and effective for all through Universal Design for Learning.

UDL is nothing less than a manifesto declaring the right and ability of all learners to soar. At Scholastic, we embrace its moral authority and its business practicality.

Margery Mayer, President of Scholastic Education, a longtime CAST partner

Past and present supporters include:

  • Creative Commons
  • The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Intel Education
  • George Lucas Educational Foundation
  • National Science Foundation
  • New Profit, Inc.
  • New York Community Trust
  • Oak Foundation
  • Poses Family Foundation
  • Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
  • Barr Foundation
  • Eastern Bank
  • US Department of Education
  • US Department of Defense
  • US Department of Labor
  • State of California
  • State of New Hampshire
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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. Our staff includes experts in human development, neuropsychology, instructional design, literacy instruction, learning analytics, technology design, and more.

School Partnerships

CAST collaborates with K-12 classrooms, enlisting teachers and students in discovering better ways of teaching and learning. Learn more about how schools and districts can help with CAST's research.

Research organizations and universities

Partners benefit from CAST’s translational research approach and Agile methodologies to infuse UDL into practical research and research-based practice.

Recent partners include the University of Kansas, TERC, the University of Michigan, SRI International, and Sesame Workshop.

Government agencies

Federal, state, and local agencies know CAST as a creative, well-managed partner with a proud record of leading major federal centers such as the NIMAS and AEM Centers.

Partners and funders include the US Department of Education (OSEP, IES), the National Science Foundation, the US Department Labor, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the state of New Hampshire, and public school systems in New York City, San Diego, Boston, Baltimore and many more.


Early in CAST’s history, we partnered with Scholastic on the development of WiggleWorks, the first universally designed literacy program that went on to generate more than $40 million in sales.

This was the first in many productive partnerships with major corporations, including Pearson, Google, TextHelp, Houghton Mifflin IBM, and others.

These companies appreciate the high-impact value of bringing CAST’s inclusive, evidence-based UDL perspective to the design of educational materials.


Over the years, foundations that aim to solve education’s thorniest issues have looked to CAST for fresh ideas and entrepreneurial solutions.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Oak Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and the Poses Family Foundation are just some of those funders.

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