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CAST Newsletter: February 2020
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Hi there, Subscriber!

You love learning just as much as we do. And with love in the air this month, we're thrilled to share updates from some of our innovative projects, our expanding work in new areas, learning events to whet your appetite, and new books to spark your thinking.

The UDL-IRN Summit

The 2020 UDL-IRN International Summit: UDL & Innovation in the Silicon Valley
The 2020 UDL-IRN International Summit: UDL & Innovation in the Silicon Valley is just a few short months away! That means another year of UDL conversations, networking, and of course, lots of learning. Join us for UDL Talks, pre-conference sessions, design labs, and more… all with the goal of growing the UDL field and ensuring all learners have access to rich and meaningful learning experiences.
Join us April 7–9, 2020

Come learn with us!

Spring Institutes
This April, we're offering two of our boutique-style institutes:
  • Introduction to UDL: Addressing the Variability of All Learners
    In this introductory institute, participants learn the research basis for UDL, applying UDL to lesson design, and engage with technology tools that support flexible, inclusive instruction.
  • UDL Implementation Academy
    This institute is designed for educators who are already familiar with the UDL framework and are looking to further their implementation strategies or spread the UDL message school or district-wide. Learn about the phases of UDL implementation, analyze where your current school or district is in the process, and create a plan for moving forward.
Register today

Use your noodle with Snudle.

Snudle: Science Notebook logo
Our CAST research staff is exploring the impact of a universally designed digital science notebook for elementary teachers and their students. We're busy analyzing the findings from a recent two-year study and learning a lot from teachers who are customizing Snudle for their own classroom investigations. The Science Notebook in a UDL Environment (Snudle) was featured this month at the CEC Technology Playground at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference & Expo.
Learn more about Snudle

We believe AT, EdTech, and InfoTech should work together.

CITES Center on Inclusive Technology and Education Systems: Framing the future of learning with technology
The goal of the CITES Framework is to guide school districts in using evidence-based practices that support and sustain balanced, inclusive technology ecosystems. We've selected seven school districts across the country for our Framework Development District Cohort who will co-create the CITES Framework with us. As a scalable guide, the CITES Framework will inform districts across the country so that all students have access to inclusive technologies.
Visit CITES

Want free technical assistance?

Apply today! National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning at CAST (AEM Center) is seeking five states to create a national AEM Cohort. If selected, your team will receive individualized support and coaching from the AEM Center’s team of Technical Assistance (TA) Specialists over a four-year partnership. Together, we’ll implement high leverage and evidence-based practices for building statewide and local systems for the timely provision and effective use of AEM and accessible technologies for all learners who need them.

The application deadline for the AEM Cohort is Friday, May 1, 2020.

Apply to be an AEM Cohort State

Supercharge Your Professional Learning

Supercharge Your Professional Learning book cover

Professional learning initiatives in schools come and go, and the constant cycling through programs can resemble fad diets—hype and hope followed by crash and burnout.

In this timely book, longtime professional learning providers Kasia M. Derbiszewska and T. Nicole Tucker-Smith share concrete strategies that will help you design professional development sessions that are compelling, convincing, and sustainable using the framework of Universal Design for Learning.

Order your copy today

Leveraging UDL in Work-Based Learning

Over 4.5 million US youth ages 16-24 are out of work and out of school. That's about 1 in 9 young people.
Integrating academic knowledge with real world experiences can be a difficult task. We’re partnering with CTE programs across the country to design tools and experiences based on the UDL framework so everyone can have access to high-quality work-based learning. We’ll be presenting some of our work at the ACTE National Work-Based Learning Conference, so if you plan to be there, please stop by and say hi!
We’re changing the world of workforce

We're still sizzlin'!

screenshot of the CISL research on features webpage
The Center on Inclusive Software for Learning (CISL — pronounced "sizzle") team is hard at work building and testing our new reading tool, Clusive. Try it out for yourself! We've also collected some fantastic research on specific features within reading tools, which has informed the development of our products.
Learn more about CISL

Preorder our next title!

Unlearning book cover
Unlearning: Changing Your Beliefs and Your Classroom with UDL by Allison Posey and Katie Novak ships in just a few weeks!

In this lively and fun book, UDL experts Allison Posey and Katie Novak identify elements of what they call “The Unlearning Cycle” and challenge educators to think again about what, how, and why they teach. The authors share hard-won lessons in a caring, collegial way. Unlearning is a refreshing tonic for anyone looking to rejuvenate their teaching practice and make room for growth.

Preorder now
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