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Research, Design, & Development

As part of our mission to bust all barriers to learning, CAST researches, designs, and develops innovative solutions to make education more inclusive and effective. We do so by applying the principles of Universal Design for Learning, a framework rooted in the learning sciences. CAST routinely partners with leading research organizations, institutions of higher education, corporations, and foundations to pursue this work.

UDL has come to dominate the field because of its broad applicability and its research foundation in the learning sciences, both cognitive and neurosciences.

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MARACAS: 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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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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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.

Corgi logo: Co-organize your learning

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

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

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SNUDLE: Student Efficacy Trial

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

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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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