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David Rose to Receive CEC Lifetime Achievement Award

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

CAST Co-Founder David Rose will receive the 2017 J.E. Wallace Wallin Special Education Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

The award—which recognizes “an individual who has made continued and sustained contributions to the education of children and youth with exceptionalities”—will be presented at CEC’s Annual Convention and Expo in Boston on April 19.

In nominating him for the award, Richard Jackson, Associate Professor of Special Education at Boston College and a CAST Research Scientist, wrote: “No single person has had a bigger impact on the special education field in the past quarter century than David Rose. He has literally changed the education conversation as the principal author of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework.”

Other voices supporting in the nomination:

  • “When the history of special education is written from the 1970s to the present day, the name of David [Rose] will be listed among those having the greatest impact on the field.” — Donald D. Deschler, Founder of the Center for Research on Learning at the University of Kansas and a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Special Education there.
  • “David’s work in product development alone would warrant this award.  But David has done much more. He has expanded UDL to influence not just materials’ design but to support more inclusive teaching practices.  Countless educators from K-12 through higher education now create lessons, units, and syllabi using David’s UDL guidelines to include exceptional students to the greatest extent possible.” — Ted S. Hasselbring, Research Professor in Special Education at Vanderbilt University and the lead author of Scholastic’s groundbreaking Read 180 program.

CAST and UDL will play a prominent part in the upcoming CEC Convention and Expo.  More than three dozen sessions will focus on UDL, and CAST will lead two half-day strands on a variety of topics. CAST Professional Publishing and CAST Professional Learning will also have a booth in the exhibit hall.  The Convention takes place April 19-22, 2017 in Boston.

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