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  • Photo of Susan Shapiro

    Implementation Specialist

    In her role as an Implementation Specialist, Susan partners with educators to implement the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to practice.

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    Learning Experience Designer

    As a Learning Experience Designer, Aina Serra envisions, designs, and implements learning experiences that meet user-centered, educational goals and that are accessible and optimized for individual variability among all learners.

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    UDL Implementation Specialist 

    Brenda Green is a UDL Implementation Specialist focusing on supporting leaders and teachers with the application of Universal Design for Learning. 

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    Senior Research Scientist

    As a Senior Research Scientist,  Jenna W. Gravel works to connect research and practice by supporting educators to apply UDL to the classroom in order to engage all learners in rich, sophisticated learning opportunities. Specifically, Dr. Gravel’s research explores the intersections of UDL and disciplinary thinking in English Language Arts (ELA) and the ways that these intersections can promote diverse learners’ engagements in discipline-specific practices, commitments, and habits of mind. She studies these themes by drawing from approaches that emphasize partnerships between researchers and practitioners in order to examine interventions through iterative cycles of inquiry. She seeks to explore how these research-practice collaborations can serve as meaningful sources of professional learning for educators.

  • Photo of Beth Fornauf

    Research Scientist

    As a Research Scientist, Beth Fornauf uses her background in qualitative research, disability studies, and teacher learning to support CAST projects at various stages of research and development.

  • Photo of Jessica Hall

    Senior Research Scientist

    As a Senior Research Scientist, Dr. Jessica Hall is involved in the research and evaluation of CAST projects focused on improving outcomes for all learners, from well-being and cognitive skills to engagement and academic performance, as well as examining and supporting the efficacy of education agencies’ systems of support.

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    B. Dalton & A. S. Palincsar, 2013

    The authors describe the empirical and theoretical roots of the Reading to Learn program of research conducted by CAST and the University of Michigan, which was designed to investigate the metacognition and learning of upper elementary ...

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    Screenshot of the Tips for Accessible Educational Materials download

    CAST, 2023

    Accessibility is an important part of Universal Design for Learning, but how do you get started?

  • Photo of a boy seen through a large bubble

    Through the work of CAST and 14 other founding partners, families have an innovative digital resource where they can come to understand their children's learning and attention issues.

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    logo for PARCC, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

    CAST, 2013

    CAST offers recommendations to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) to improve its proposed accommodations for students with disabilities who take PARCC’s large-scale assessment. The accommodations in question concern writing.

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