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UDL Your Way

The 2023 UDL-IRN Summit: 10 years of UDL community

Are you an edu-rebel, positive disruptor, or education innovator? Are you passionate about inclusion and equity in learning? Are you seeking a conference experience that exemplifies UDL in action? We're celebrating a decade of bringing together thousands of educators from around the globe to network, collaborate, research, share, and learn together around Universal Design for Learning. Join us online or in person March 14–15, 2023, in Orlando, FL with preconference sessions on March 13.

Register for the 2023 UDL-IRN Summit

Find CAST at CEC 2023

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We’re heading to Louisville, KY, to attend the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention & Expo, March 1–4, 2023! Our CAST of Characters will guide you through school-wide UDL implementation, engaging with families around inclusive technologies, supporting educators with instructional coaching, planning with accessible educational materials, and much more at our incredible sessions. Try out some of our free tools at our Educator Share Fair table. And don’t forget to stop by Booth 621 in the expo hall to order your next UDL read.

Meet us in Louisville

Is your technology infrastructure inclusive?

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At the Center for Inclusive Technology & Education Systems at CAST, we’ve been working on updating and enhancing our guidance around technology infrastructure practices to support inclusive technology systems. Each identified best practice includes action steps and resources to help you get started or further your progress. To support implementation, we’re adding district examples for each practice, like this story from Tigard-Tualatin School District in Oregon describing how their team unifies inclusive technology decision-making. Review and share with a colleague to make the most out of the guidance, action steps, and resources.

Visit the CITES Infrastructure Practices

A Free Leadership Guide to Implement Universally Designed Antiracist Practices!

Leadership Implementation Guide for Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success, book cover

In Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning, Andratesha Fritzgerald reveals UDL as an effective framework to teach Black and Brown students. The book helps teachers and leaders proactively name and eliminate barriers — academic, behavioral, social, and emotional — and address institutional racism in schools.

CAST Professional Publishing offers a free Leadership Implementation Guide to help school and district leaders put universally designed antiracist practices into effect across their organizations.

Download the FREE Leadership Implementation Guide

Happy CTE Month®!

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February is Career & Technical Education Month, and CAST is celebrating by sharing our LOVE of CTE learners, educators, and programs. We’re changing the story from “CTE is a program for other students” to “CTE is a way of learning for every student.” Participation in CTE leads to higher graduation rates, greater attendance and completion of postsecondary programs, increased entrepreneurship, and earning wages immediately after high school. Explore our growing work in this exciting area of young adult and adult learning, including projects focusing on outdoor recreation, additive manufacturing, girls in STEM careers, and increasing access to CTE programs so everyone has the opportunity to be successful.

Explore CAST’s work in CTE

Welcome Aboard!

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Does your state or K-12 school district need support in creating more inclusive learning environments for students with disabilities? Are all of your students receiving accessible educational materials (AEM) in a timely manner? All you need to get started is a flight plan, a road map, and the courage to take off toward your destination.

The National AEM Center welcomes you aboard the AEM Pilot and invites you and your teams (or flight “crews”) to join in the journey. We’ve made it even easier with our most recent upgrades.

Take off with the AEM Pilot

Read Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice in Clusive!

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CAST's flagship publication, Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice, is now available at no cost within Clusive’s Resources hub. Published in 2014 and written by CAST Co-Founders Anne Meyer and David H. Rose, along with David Gordon, the book has been a perennial bestseller. A new edition will be published in 2024 to mark CAST’s 40th anniversary.

To access the book in Clusive:

  • Create a Teacher or Parent account (student accounts cannot access the book)
  • Go to the Resources page
  • Scroll down to the bottom and click on the book
Sign up for your free account

Upcoming Learning Opportunities from CAST

Learners and educators in different contexts, including classrooms and workspaces

Join us this spring to upgrade your instructional planning, design, implementation, and reflection with Universal Design for Learning in our online courses and virtual learning opportunities.

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