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Allison Posey

Learning Design & Research Specialist
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Allison Posey participates in the development of content and materials to support the design of learning experiences to reach and engage neurodiverse learners. She leads professional development programs and opportunities to implement Universal Design for Learning and works to integrate current understandings from brain science with instructional practices. She hosts the CAST free webinar series and is the author of Engage the Brain: How to design for learning that taps into the power of emotion (ASCD, 2018) and Unlearning: Changing your Beliefs and Your Classroom with UDL (CAST Publishing, 2020).

Prior to coming to CAST, Allison was a life science teacher in high school and community college settings, teaching courses such as genetics, anatomy, physiology, biology, neuroscience, and psychology. She received a degree in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education where she also worked as a teaching fellow for courses such as Educational Neuroscience and Framing Scientific Research for Public Understanding. She holds a Certificate in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute of Art.

Van Gorp quote

My Inspiration

I like this quote as it evokes the image of a paintbrush to emphasize the essential role of emotion for components of learning.


M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education
B.S., James Madison University
Certificate in Fine Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Selected Publications

Johnston, S.C., & Posey, A. (2021) Stretching UDL Beyond the Classroom: Affordability, Quality, and Belonging in Higher Education. Handbook of Research on Applying Universal Design for Learning Across Disciplines: Concepts, Case Studies, and Practical Implementation.

Taub, D., Hartmann, E., & Posey, A. (2020). The 5-15-45 Tool: Grab a Partner and Let’s Collaborate! TIES.

Posey, A. (2020). Equity isn’t a product. It’s a process. UDL Center Blog.

Posey, A. (2020). Leveraging Neuroscience in Lesson Design. Learning and the Brain, 77(8).

Posey, A., & Hartmann, E. (2020). Universal Design for Learning: Start with the Goal. TIES.

Posey, A. (2019). Using UDL to Break Down Barriers to Learning. Understood.

Nelson, L.L. (2019). A Tree for All: Your Coloring Book of UDL Principles and Practice. CAST Publishing

Posey, A. (2019) Quick Reference Guide: The Brain and Learning, ASCD.

Posey, A. (2018). How to Support the Emotional Link to Learning, ASCD Express, 13 (19). 

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