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Current & Past Projects

CAST investigates solutions to the most critical questions across preK–12, Higher Ed, and workforce, including questions related to equity, access, and outcomes. Building on an award-winning history, we co-design transformative solutions, improvement strategies, implementation systems and practices, and tools for learning.

Current Projects

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2023 – 2024

Exploring the Intersections of UDL and Support for Multilingual Learners

Using job-embedded professional learning CAST and SEAL are examining the connections between the UDL Guidelines and the SEAL approach.

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2023 – 2026

Improving Michigan’s Postsecondary Career & Technical Education

We're improving career and technical education across the state of Michigan by developing a shared professional development vision and a common student-centered language focused on inclusion and the UDL framework.

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2023 – 2027

Circle Up: Integrating Academic, Social & Emotional Learning

We're co-designing a training program that uses the UDL framework to weave together academic, social, and emotional learning strategies and best practices.

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2022 – 2024

Additive Manufacturing Career Guidance for All

Together with America Makes, CAST is working with educators and industry partners to create a free digital resource to attract individuals to career pathways in the additive manufacturing industry.

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2022 – 2024

Equitable Access to CTE in Massachusetts

Find out how we're bringing UDL to Career & Technical Education educators across the state of Massachusetts.

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2022 – 2025

Biofabrication Career Guidance for CTE & Community College Students

We're broadening the participation of underrepresented populations in biofabrication and biomanufacturing using our Biofab Explorer and Eportfolio tools.

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2022 – 2026

Take Flight: Using Drones to Get Rural Middle School Girls Interested in STEM Careers

We're changing the conversation around who belongs in STEM learning and STEM careers.

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2022 – 2027

REVISE Center: A Collaborative Effort to Advance Equity in Informal STEM Education

We're helping to create more accessible and universally-designed tools for the NSF AISL Resource Center.

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2021 – 2024

MNTfolio: Customizing e-Portfolios for Undergraduate Research

Our e-portfolio is helping develop research skills in undergraduate micro nano technology researchers.

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2021 – 2024

Reimagining Online Training: Using UDL to Support Adult Basic Education Teachers

We're supporting educators in effectively teaching and supporting neurodiverse adult learners interested in pursuing postsecondary programs.

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2021 – 2024

FNLDC: Literacy Development in Northern California

We're building teacher capacity for literacy instruction across disciplines through Universal Design for Learning.

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2021 – 2024

MARCS: Facilitating Math Learning with Adaptive Reading Supports

Learn how we're supporting math learning through customized and adaptive reading supports and scaffolds.

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2021 – 2026

CIDDL: A Digital Network for Innovative Practices in Education

We're helping preservice education faculty in using edtech for more inclusive instruction.

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2021 – 2026

OASIS: Empowering Science Teachers with Research-based Coaching

We're designing sustainable, enhanced professional development for our universally designed digital science notebook.

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2020 – 2024

IEP Improvement Project: Empowering Massachusetts Schools to Improve Service to Students

Family engagement in the IEP process is essential. Learn more about our professional learning work in Massachusetts to ensure a more equitable IEP process.

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2020 – 2024

Project COOL: A Scalable UDL Coaching Model

We're building a new model for instructional coaches, including new systems, resources, and microcredentials to impact student learning.

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2020 – 2025

Corgi 2020: Scaling Models for the Classrooms of Tomorrow

Corgi graphic organizers are great on their own, but we're making them even better with a suite of professional learning resources to support their use in the classroom.

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2019 – 2024

AEM Center: National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning

Accessible materials are an essential component in UDL implementation. Learn how the AEM Center can help ramp up your accessible materials systems and practices.

CITES logo: Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems
2018 – 2028

CITES: Framing the Future of Learning with Technology

We're framing the future of learning and technology by bringing together educational technology, information technology, and assistive technology.

A group of educators collaborating with sticky notes and the UDL Guidelines
2018 – 2024

NH UDL: New Hampshire UDL Innovation Network

We're supporting New Hampshire educators in building and sustaining a state-wide model for UDL implementation.

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2016 – present

UDL Credentials & Certifications for Educators & Product Developers

We're leading a UDL field-building initiative around credentials and certifications for educators and product developers.

Past Projects

Our past work influences our current work in meaningful ways. Resources developed during the course of a project provide insight into the way we work, and are often publicly available to the field of education and learning.

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2021 – 2023

Developing a UDL Micro-Credential for CTE Educators: One District’s Approach

The materials and resources are all designed to help CTE educators understand how they can use UDL to help learners sustain their effort and persistence.

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August 2022 – November 2023

Outdoor Recreation: Connecting Rural Youth with STEM Careers

Learn more about our work with rural youth exploring connections with outdoor recreation and STEM careers.

Photo of two educators looking at the UDL Guidelines and working on a sticky note activity
2020 – 2023

CCIL: Inclusive Literacy for California Students

We're working with California educators to design and deliver more inclusive literacy instruction.

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2021 – 2023

MindPrint SBIR: Addressing Learner Variability in Secondary Mathematics Instruction

Learn how we're equipping educators with data to address student variability across cognitive, social-emotional, and academic skills

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2020 – 2023

Multi-Gen STEM Makerspaces Will Boost School, Career Prospects

We're developing and researching a sustainable model for multigenerational making and learning that can support a STEM career trajectory.

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2018 – 2023

CISL: Creating Digital Tools to Empower Students

Together we will transform the digital learning landscape so that everyone has a chance to engage in and succeed in digital learning.

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2021 – 2022

Choose Love & UDL: Bringing Social Emotional Learning into New Hampshire Prisons

We're helping to make the Choose Love™ curriculum more flexible and barrier-free for learners in the NH corrections system.

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2021 – 2022

MD Virtual Learning: Expanding Opportunities in Online & Blended Learning

We're helping design and deliver new online teaching and learning products that are engaging and fully accessible for Maryland's online learners.

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2018 – 2022

AccessATE: Accessibility for Community College Technician Education

Supporting community and technical colleges in developing and maintaining accessible materials and practices.

Corgi logo: Co-organize your learning
2018 – 2022

Corgi-2: Enhancing Middle School STEM Learning

We took what’s already great about graphic organizers and made them more flexible and accessible.

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2018 – 2022

TIES Center: Meaningful Inclusion for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Supporting the development of systems that not only include more students with cognitive disabilities, but meet each learner's needs in meaningful ways.

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2017 – 2022

Writer's Workbench: The Keys to Writing Smarter

As an extension of our Writer's Key tool, we're building a professional learning ecosystem to support more effective writing instruction.

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2020 – 2021

CTEfolio: Supporting Hands-on Learning in a Remote Environment

Bringing our e-portfolio work into CTE programs so students can show what they know in new ways.

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2020 – 2021

Learning Outside the Box: Co-Developing a CTE Pathway in Outdoor Recreation

Learn how CAST is helping build stronger career pathways for New Hampshire students in outdoor recreation.

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2020 – 2021

Supporting CTE Teaching in Remote & Hybrid Learning Environments

We're partnering with CTE programs in NH to support hands-on teaching in remote and hybrid environments

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2020 – 2021

UDL Video Club: Building Teacher Capacity to Reach All Learners

Educators in New Hampshire's remote North Country are working with CAST on a Virtual UDL Video Club to share and explore ways of enhancing their practice.

Photo of young people working on a construction site
2017 – 2021

CEE-STEM: Exploring STEM Careers with Opportunity Youth

Our STEMfolio tool leverages mobile technologies and competency-based progress monitoring to help youth develop STEM interests and skills.

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2017 – 2021

I-SMART: Formative & Summative Science Assessment of Struggling Students

Ensuring science assessments are truly inclusive of all learners, including those with significant cognitive disabilities.

Science Notebook tool screenshots
2015 – 2021

SNUDLE: Student Efficacy Trial

Our UDL science notebook was used in classrooms across the United States, supporting 4th grade students' science learning.

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2015 – 2021

SNUDLE: Scaling an Inclusive Solution to Sensemaking in Science

Helping teachers use science notebooks to support student science knowledge, motivation for science, and sensemaking.

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A UDL Perspective on Assessment

Learn more about our interactive professional learning on UDL and assessments through interactive video modules.

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2019 – 2020

IMTfolio: Opening Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways to People with Disabilities

We're building a portable e-portfolio to help document young people's prior learning in competencies relevant to future apprenticeships.

Photo of two students working on a co-design activity with sticky notes in front of them
2018 – 2020

ARMI: Career Exploration Pathways into Advanced Manufacturing for Diverse Learners

We're building a more inclusive talent pool for futuristic fields as robotics, biofabrication, and hybrid electronics.

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2017 – 2020

Designing for Productive Struggle in Informal Science Learning

How do we design informal science learning challenges that are exhilarating, challenging, intensive, and fruitful?

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2014 – 2018

RAISE: Science Education for Incarcerated Youth

Universally designed science content for incarcerated youth to broaden career horizons.

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Putting Students in the EdTech Design Seat

What would it look like if next generation learning technologies were designed by students, not just for them?

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2012 – 2016

CET-Udio: Closing the Literacy Gap

Our digital literacy environment was developed with UDL supports and scaffolds for struggling readers.

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2012 – 2016

COLSD: Making Online Learning Accessible & Effective

Does online learning work for students with disabilities?

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2013 – 2015

Inquiry Primed: Making Science More Inviting & Effective

What is stereotype threat and how can educators mitigate its effects?

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2013 – 2015

Understanding the Effects of Stigmas and Stereotypes for Students with Learning Disabilities

Download the Stigma Consciousness Questionnaire-Learning Disabilities (SCQ-LD) developed as part of this work.

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2012 – 2015

Project OPEN: Providing UDL Resources for Postsecondary Learning

Whether your postsecondary learning is in-person or online, UDL on Campus has resources and tips for course and assignment development and delivery.

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2011 – 2014

Writer's Key: Online Tool Supports Middle School Writers

Composing informational and argumentative text can be a challenge. Writer's Key is up to the task.

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