Tuesday, March 16, 2021
CAST is pleased to announce the formation of the UDL Rising to Equity Stakeholder Council.
The Stakeholder Council will support and inform the process of reenvisioning CAST’s UDL Guidelines to specifically address systemic barriers to equitable learning opportunities and outcomes. The Council brings together CAST staff representing different branches of the organization as well as representatives within the larger UDL community.
The goals of the Stakeholder Council include:
- Sharing expertise and perspectives across CAST and the UDL community.
- Responding to and providing feedback on suggested edits/changes from the UDL Rising to Equity Advisory Board and feedback from the broader field.
- Assisting in identifying barriers within CAST and the UDL community in terms of applying UDL as a lever to ensure equity.
- Informing how UDL Rising to Equity is related to existing and future work within CAST and the UDL community.
Bryan Dean is an Instructional Designer and co-owner of DTour Professional Learning. Bryan has been working with hard-to-reach students with emotional impairments, conduct disorder, behavioral difficulties, and low interest for more than 16 years. Bryan has experience designing professional learning around learner experience design, specially-designed instruction, Universal Design for Learning, new teacher induction, Design Thinking, deep learning, and strategies for students in emotional dysregulation. He has designed virtual learning environments, worked on longitudinal system implementation and design, designed organizational culture and climate change models, and developed a unique UDL coaching system based on appreciative and ontological coaching matrices.
As Senior Innovation Scientist at CAST and Founder & Principal of Diverse Learners Consulting, Bob Dolan brings a neuroscientific and learning scientific perspective to education technology, emphasizing cognition, accessibility, and usability. For over 20 years, he has applied UDL to provide students with flexible and effective learning opportunities and teachers with the tools to facilitate this. On the Council, he will address systemic barriers to equitable learning and outcomes entrenched in current assessment systems, and bring a learning industry perspective to UDL application.
Alison Driscoll joined cast in 2017 as a Project Manager for the R&D team. She collaborates with principal investigators, instructional designers, and developers to ensure the successful execution of R&D projects. Alison’s prior work experience includes supporting the implementation of Pre-K for All in New York City, as well as working at the national headquarters for Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy. Outside of CAST, Alison enjoys reading as much fiction as possible, and spending time with her family.
Andratesha Fritzgerald has worked in education for nearly 20 years. As a teacher, curriculum specialist, and district level administrator she has embraced the hard work and heart work of leading and learning. She is an international keynote speaker, author and inclusive practices implementation consultant. Her life’s work is to awaken, celebrate and activate brilliance by breaking barriers and stereotypes of teachers, leaders and students to actualize achievement wherever it seems impossible. A self proclaimed book nerd, Jeopardy enthusiast and imagination expert, she loves writing and dreaming out loud with her husband, two children and committed educators who believe in academic success for all. Her new book, Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success (CAST, 2020), equips teachers and leaders with the tools they need to make learning personal and possible for every child. Connect with her on buildingblocksofbrilliance.com or on Twitter @FritzTesha.
Susan Hardin is a UDL implementation facilitator coordinating the UDL School Implementation Certification for CAST and the UDL Implementation and Research Network (UDL-IRN). She facilitates a district-wide UDL implementation effort at Fraser Public Schools in Michigan, supporting administration, coaches, and classroom practitioners. Sue is also on the Certification and Credentialing team at CAST, developing UDL credentials for educators. She is recently retired from Macomb Intermediate School District in Michigan, where she served as the Assistive Technology Consultant and UDL Coordinator for 20 years.
Lynn McCormack joined CAST in 2010, bringing rich professional experience in technology, K-12 education, and project management. She worked in the tech industry as a software engineer and project manager for more than a decade before entering the education field. Certified in Massachusetts to teach high school Math, Lynn has worked in both middle school and high school. She is also experienced in curriculum development as well as teacher professional development.
As the Operations Associate for Professional Learning at CAST, Patrice Morrison manages contracts, events, and projects while providing operational support to the Professional Learning and Workforce teams. Patrice has a diverse background in education, psychology, and business administration. Prior to joining CAST, Patrice worked in the early education field as a teacher and assistant director; providing support to young children, educators, and their families. Patrice also worked in the insurance industry for several years providing customer service and operational support to underwriting, business partners, and policyholders.
Sung Park is a Coordinator in the Inclusion Collaborative at the Santa Clara County (CA) Office of Education, providing professional development, coaching, and technical assistance for inclusive best practices. He is the Lead Coach and Coordinator of the California Equity Performance Improvement Program to promote equity for disadvantaged student populations. Previously he worked as a special education teacher for students with moderate to severe disabilities, in a variety of different settings, and was instrumental in developing successful inclusive programs at both high school and community college sites.
Allison Posey is an international leader for professional learning and implementation of Universal Design for Learning. She works at CAST, where she collaborates with researchers and educators to apply current understandings from brain research to instructional practices so all students can access, integrate, and become expert learners. Prior to CAST, Allison was a life science teacher. She received a degree in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and is the author of Engage the Brain: How to Design for Learning that Taps into the Power of Emotions (ASCD, 2018) and the coauthor of Unlearning: Change your Beliefs and Practice with UDL (CAST Publishing, 2020).
Jennifer Pusateri is the Universal Design Consultant for the University of Kentucky's Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. Jennifer is a co-chair for the international UDLHE (UDL in Higher Ed.) Network and is a member of the CAST National Faculty. Before arriving at the University of Kentucky, Jennifer worked for the Kentucky Department of Education where she served as an education consultant specializing in UDL. In her early career, Pusateri taught at a nationally recognized school for students (K-8) with specific learning disabilities (SLD) in Louisville, Kentucky. Jennifer working toward her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction.
Sylvia Rodriguez Douglass is the Universal Design for Learning Instructional Coach at San Francisco Day School. Her background is in special education, and she has been a learning specialist/special educator in private and public schools in San Francisco and New York City. She is currently pursuing her EdD in Educational Leadership at San Francisco State University. Her research focuses on special education disproportionality and the discourse educators use when referring a student to special education services. She is thrilled to be joining the Stakeholder Council for this timely and necessary process.
Melissa Sanjeh brings her experience as a teacher, licensed social worker, school leader, and school designer to the work of equity. Prior to working at CAST, she spent 17 years in Boston’s Alternative School Network where she helped to refine instruction, systems, and structures to serve the needs of students who had been pushed out of their traditional schools. She implemented changes such as a competency based model, a trauma sensitive school environment, and restorative practices as an alternative to discipline. She believes strongly in access and equity and has a passion for working with students who have traditionally been marginalized.