CAST Newsletter | March 2018
CAST | Until learning has no limits

We love brains.

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At CAST, we think about brains a lot. In fact, the brain is the only organ in the human body that can actually ponder its own existence. Mind blown, right? While you settle in for some deep thoughts about that, how about checking out our new free resource on UDL & the Learning Brain? It's a quick read packed with great tips for educators on how the UDL Framework supports what we know about learning from the latest in cognitive neuroscience. Your brain will love it.
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How are you empowering learners through UDL?

CAST's 4th Annual UDL Symposium: Empowering Learners logo

Registration is now open for CAST's 4th Annual UDL Symposium: Empowering Learners to be held July 30 - August 1, 2018 on the Harvard Law School Campus.

This year’s UDL Symposium is an opportunity to come together as a community to explore the promise of Universal Design for Learning to empower learners. By engaging in sessions designed to encourage critical conversations, problem-solving, and hands-on exploration, participants will consider empowerment through a UDL lens. Learn more about CAST's 4th Annual UDL Symposium.

See highlights from past years' Symposia on the CAST Professional Learning site. 

Register before May 15, 2018 and receive the Early Bird Special price of $695.

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UDL & Cultural Variability: A Conversation

Free webinar: UDL & Cultural Variability, Part 2
Each of us has a story — a narrative written by our experiences and our environments. We also have implicit biases — subtle or subconscious beliefs that influence our actions and decisions, whether we recognize them or not. As educators working with an incredible diversity of learners every day, how can we be more aware of our own stories and design learning environments that embrace our learners’ stories, empowering all learners to reach high expectations? Join Joni Degner, James-Etta Goodloe, Loui Lord Nelson, and Kavita Rao to experience their powerful stories, discuss how Universal Design for Learning aligns with Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, and collect resources to use in your learning environment for building cultural awareness and meaningful self-reflection.

Date: April 5, 2018 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET
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Your generosity broke our progress meter!

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We are thrilled to announce that we have reached and exceeded our Phase I goal for the Founders' Fund for Innovation. With your generous donations and a matching gift from an anonymous donor, we are pleased to honor our founders' 33-year commitment to transforming education with the goal of stimulating original and creative work.
Want to help CAST bust barriers until learning has no limits? Learn more about the Founders' Fund.
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Let Them Thrive is an IBPA Award Finalist!

Photo of Katie Novak and her book, Let Them Thrive

CAST Professional Publishing is excited to announce that Let Them Thrive: A Playbook for Helping Your Child Succeed in School and in Life by Katie Novak has been selected as a finalist for the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards in the Education category! Gold and Silver award winners will be announced on April 6th in Austin, TX. Be sure to follow CAST on Twitter and Facebook for news from the awards ceremony!

To keep up to date with Katie, follow her on Twitter or visit her website. This month she has two new articles—one on Personalized Learning in Commonwealth magazine, and one on English Language Learners in Language magazine

Learn More About Let Them Thrive!

Miss a webinar? Not a problem.

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Have you missed any of our free UDL webinars? No worries! You can access the archive of recordings right on our site and on YouTube! Check out the recordings of our most recent webinars: Unleash the Positive Energy & Design So All SucceedVisit our website to view our other webinar recordings and learn about more amazing free learning opportunities from CAST.
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Educators love #UDLchat.

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Looking for some like-minded educators to discuss UDL implementation strategies and different models of Universal Design for Learning in practice? Follow the #UDLchat hashtag on Twitter and join the group for lively conversations on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:00-6:30 PM PT / 9:00-9:30 PM ET (UTC-4). Whether you are new to UDL or UDL is a way of life, all are welcome! Have a look at the #UDLchat archive from March 21. Want to get text reminders before each chat? Sign up at

Want to learn about UDL at your own pace?

CAST offers two self-paced course options that provide participants with an introduction to UDL, both titled: UDL1: A Framework for Addressing Learner Variability: Theory Into Practice.
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UDL1: A Framework for Addressing Learner Variability: Theory Into Practice (A Facilitated Self-paced Course)

UDL1: A Framework for Addressing Learner Variability: Theory Into Practice (A Self-paced Course)
In the facilitated self-paced course you can work at your own pace, but have the benefit of interacting with a CAST facilitator, participating in discussions and completing a course project where you can apply the UDL Guidelines to a lesson in your own context.

In the self-paced course you can manage your own learning process and take advantage of our Online Learning Experience Guide to help you navigate the learning experience.

CAST is hiring!

Want to change the world with us? Check out our job listings. We're currently seeking a Software Developer, Interaction & UI Designer, Research Scientists, and a Project Manager.
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