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September 2013 Newsletter

Just Announced

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Technology Tools for Students with Autism

CAST's own Yvonne Domings, (Director of Online Learning; Instructional Designer); Patti Ralabate (Director of Implementation) and Yvel Crevecoeur (2012 – 2013  UDL Fellow)  authored the second chapter  - “Universal Design for Learning: Meeting the needs of students with autism spectrum disorders” - in Technology Tools for Students with Autism, edited by Boser, Goodwin & Wayland. This book and its e-version are filled with timely information about available technologies that support the learning of individuals with autism. Brookes Publishing just announced the publication date as October 16th. There is a 10% discount for pre-publication orders.

Who We Are

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Allison Posey

As CAST's Director of Institutes and Workshops, Allison Posey participates in professional development, instructional design, and online course instruction at CAST.  She also provides background in the application of neuroscience research to instructional practices.  Her background in Mind, Brain, and Education as well as life sciences gives her an appreciation of the dynamic learning processes.  She collaborates with teachers, researchers, and students with the goal of making complex topics accessible to all learners. Before joining CAST, Allison developed curriculum and taught a range of electives, including neuroscience, psychology, anatomy, and physiology.  She also taught and developed lessons with the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Our Summer Institute Was a Hit!

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August Institute at CAST

Thank you to all who attended the 2013 August Institute, UDL: Addressing the Variability of All Learners.  We enjoyed dynamic conversations from participants from Belgium to Chicago and we look forward to learning more about how they are incorporating UDL into their practice.
If you missed it, see below for information regarding our next Institute to be held in November 2013.
Story Share
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CAST is partnering with Benetech, NCLD, and the Poses Foundation to promote the Story Share $50K writing contest.  The Story Share contest is designed to expand the body of accessible reading materials available for teen and adult beginning readers.  Organizers hope to inspire writers and educators to author and submit topical, contemporary stories for teen and adult struggling readers ages 13+.  Cash prizes are offered and stories will be posted in a new supportive online publishing platform created for the contest to increase engagement for writers and readers alike. The contest will begin mid-October.  Please share information about the contest with your colleagues!  For more information, read the CAST press release, and visit the Story Share Facebook site and Story Share website.
Introducing PowerUp 3.0!
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Visit the new and improved PowerUp WHAT WORKS! website!
School is back in session. It's time to PowerUP WHAT WORKS!

Upcoming Professional Learning Offerings

Spring Intro to UDL Online Course
UDL101: An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning.  We know from experience and science that individuals learn in varied ways—ways that are particular to them. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides educators with practical strategies and techniques to ensure that all learners can meet high expectations, such as the Common Core State Standards.
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Spring Student Affect & Engagement Course
UDL101A: Deeper Engagement of All Learners: Motivation and Emotion in the UDL Classroom.  This course examines how motivation and emotions interact with learning and how UDL can be used to facilitate deep engagement in learning.

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November 2013 Institute
The initial excitement from the start of school may have waned and the real challenge of engaging students in deep learning has hit.  CAST invites you to join us for our November Institute, UDL: Addressing the Variability of All Learners to learn about and discuss classroom strategies for building expert learners in your classroom.

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