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the 6th Annual CAST UDL Symposium On-Demand Access
Did you miss our 6th Annual CAST UDL Symposium, UDL Rising: Designing for Equity? It’s not too late to purchase access to all of the live recorded and pre-recorded session content available for use through January 31, 2021. Want a taste of the experience before you get access? Visit the social round-up capturing the highlights from the live event.
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Announcing the 2020-2024 National AEM Cohort

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials with image of United States map
The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning (AEM Center) is proud to announce the new AEM Cohort of seven states: GA, MO, NH, NC, OK, OR, and WV. Each state will receive individualized support and coaching from the AEM Center’s team of Technical Assistance Specialists over a four-year partnership. Together, we’ll implement evidence-based practices for building statewide and local systems for the timely provision and effective use of accessible materials and technologies for all learners who need them.
Learn about the new AEM Cohort

CAST institutes are going virtual!

participants and presenters from CAST's last virtual institute
Take advantage of our virtual CAST institutes this fall. The new online format of our 2-day workshops reduces travel barriers, provides a model of a UDL implementation in online learning, and fosters collaboration and community within a virtual environment. Registration is capped at 30 participants, so hurry and grab your seat. 

Coming! Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success

Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success book cover
You can now preorder this much-anticipated book by Andratesha Fritzgerald, with a foreword by Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice. Drawing vivid portraits of classroom instruction, Fritzgerald shows how teachers open new roads of communication, engagement, and skill-building for Black and Brown students.

Also, we’re trying something new! We’re inviting social media users to join our book launch team. You could get a free copy and have an “insider” chat with the author. Fill out a brief form to apply.
Preorder your copy today!

Innovative school districts, we need you!

Center on Inclusive Technology and Education Systems
Help us build the CITES Framework by becoming a Knowledge Development District. We want to showcase success stories and lessons learned from teaching, learning, and assessment within an inclusive technology ecosystem. We’re eager to connect with districts that have harnessed the power of EdTech-AT-InfoTech to create equitable and accessible learning for all students.  Does this sound like a district you know?
Learn more & nominate a district

Journey map your instructional planning

Journey mapping presenters Bill Wilmot and Kim Ducharme
Journey mapping is a powerful tool that uses storytelling and visualization to help us better understand and empathize with individual experiences and needs. Join CAST’s Kim Ducharme and Bill Wilmot to learn how you can incorporate journey mapping into your instructional planning, whether you’re in-person, remote, or a combination of both.
Register now

Explore UDL through cycles of design, action, and reflection

Harvard Graduate School of Education Centennial logo and CAST logo side by side
Guided by faculty from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and CAST, this one-of-a-kind program includes a virtual institute held across six weeks from September 21 to November 1, 2020, and a seven-month Interactive Support Network beginning in November 2020 and continuing through May 2021. Learn how Universal Design for Learning offers a framework for guiding the design of learning opportunities that are inclusive and challenging for all learners. Final applications are due Friday, September 7.
Learn more & register

Middle school teachers, let’s collaborate!

CORGI co-organize your learning
Corgi marks the next generation of graphic organizers, helping students co-organize their learning in a digital, Google App environment. We are excited to connect with teachers and students this fall to try out Corgi and help provide feedback on the application design and lesson content. CAST is looking for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes to help us with this innovative work. Interested? Email Anne-Marie Knokey.
Co-organize your learning

UDL Video Club coming to New Hampshire this fall

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We are thrilled to share the launch of the Virtual UDL Video Club in New Hampshire’s North Country. Funded by Jane’s Trust, this unique professional learning opportunity supports educators in working collaboratively to design engaging, accessible, and challenging learning environments for all students, particularly students who have been traditionally marginalized. Through sharing and exploring video footage from their own classrooms, participating teachers will identify barriers to learning and design inclusive opportunities in which all learners can thrive.
Learn about the UDL Video Club

Multigenerational makers with a UDL twist

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This July, CAST kicked off a new workforce development-oriented project with Operation Pathways to develop a makerspace in an affordable housing community in Stamford, CT. As COVID-19 closed the community room designated as the site for the new makerspace, we pivoted the work of the project to focus on creating makerkits. These makerkits will be distributed directly to residents with the goal of igniting interest in STEM learning.
Learn more about multigen makers

Centering equity is more important than ever

Questions for proactice and equitable education implementation
COVID-19 exposed inequities in education that have most deeply impacted our systematically disadvantaged students. The Centering Equity working group — as part of the COVID-19 Education Coalition convened by ISTE and EdSurge — has created questions for proactive and equitable educational implementation for subgroup populations including American Indian students, Black students, students with disabilities, students in the foster system, homeless students, English Learners, LGBTQ learners, migrant learners, rural and remote learners. CAST is a proud partner in this work.
Download the questions (PDF)
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