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

We're thankful for YOU!

At CAST, we often find ourselves full of gratitude for those who help make our work so joyful and rewarding. As 2018 draws to a close, we reflect on the collaborations in our work and look forward to what the new year will bring. Thank you for being part of our extended family.

"In this season of reflection, gratitude, and giving, we’d like to acknowledge and give thanks to the wonderful people who partner with us, fund our innovative work, and support our mission, until learning has no limits. You are the reason we are able to do what we do, working tirelessly so that every learner has a voice and opportunities to thrive."

— Linda Gerstle, CAST CEO

All of us at CAST

Visit CAST & learn with us this spring.

Our UDL Presenters' Academy is one of our most popular learning events. Join us at the CAST offices where you will be coached by our expert UDL implementation specialists on strategies to deliver introductory UDL content as a UDL facilitator.
Learn more & register today

The world of work keeps changing.

Young adults working on a construction site

CAST is partnering with education providers, employers and industry associations committed to building the workforce of the future where skilled jobs are filled by people with a wide range of characteristics, backgrounds, and abilities — where all individuals have equal opportunities to rise.

Find out how CAST is bringing UDL to the workforce

Get the skinny on Art for All.

Art for All book cover

In the latest title in our Skinny Books series, Art for All: Planning for Variability in the Visual Arts Classroom, teacher and artist Liz Byron expertly demonstrates how to design lessons and instruction using UDL’s inclusive principles.

Art for All offers teachers classroom-ready advice on how to transform their practice in sustainable ways with UDL.

Readers learn to set meaningful goals, measure progress, customize instruction, and engage all learners across grades. They also discover ways to help all students appreciate and embrace themselves as artists.

"Liz Byron's contribution to the arts and UDL literature exemplifies UDL in practice. Her reflections on the use of UDL along with her keen observation of how students learn, provide useful insights into the process of designing rich, engaging arts learning experiences for diverse learners."

– Don Glass, The Kennedy Center
Purchase your copy today

We're busting barriers in New Hampshire.

1 groundbreaking partnership, 32 schools from 17 SAUs, 215 participants = Better outcomes for 1000s of learners. Connect with the NH UDL Innovation Network at #NHUDL and inspire change.

The New Hampshire UDL Innovation Network, a groundbreaking collaboration between the New Hampshire Department of Education and CAST, is a three-year initiative that enables school-based educators to create innovative classroom lessons, build collaborative school cultures, and become immersed in the inclusive practices of Universal Design for Learning.

In Year One, 215 New Hampshire educators from 32 schools and 17 school administrative units embraced the challenge to discover creative ways of reaching all learners while maintaining challenging learning goals.

Learn more & download the report

A design challenge with a twist.

Collaborative Learning App Design Challenge
Funded by you, our generous Founders' Fund for Innovation supporters, a team of CAST staff developed and led a hands-on design challenge event in the heart of Boston's seaport innovation district. Our task? Address the challenges inherent within the context of collaborative learning in maker educational experiences.
Learn more about our app design challenge

UDL at your own pace.

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CAST offers two self-paced course options that provide participants with a flexible introduction to UDL.

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

In the facilitated self-paced course, work at your own pace and have the benefit of interacting with a CAST facilitator, participating in discussions and completing a course project where you will apply the UDL Guidelines to a lesson in your own context.

Accessible materials are the foundation for successful UDL implementation.

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The AEM Center at CAST invites new K-12 educators to participate in a free professional learning opportunity. Making Everyday Curriculum Materials Accessible for All Learners is designed help you improve the accessibility of the materials your students use for learning.

In Module 4: How to Find Specialized Formats of Print Materials, you’ll learn how some students experience barriers to print, where to find sources of alternative or “specialized” formats, how to acquire them, and related supports your learners can use right away. The module begins with a one-hour recorded video conference on December 5 from 4-5 PM ET.

Worried about missing the first three modules? Don't fret. Registering today will give you access to the first three module webinar recordings and resources which you can use at your convenience.

Learn more & register today

UDL conversations in 30-minute bursts.

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Join the community using the #UDLchat hashtag on Twitter and mark your calendar for UDL-focused conversations on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 6:00-6:30pm PT / 9:00-9:30pm ET (UTC-5). Whether you're new to UDL or UDL is a way of life, all are welcome!

Have a look at the #UDLchat round-up on the newly-launched UDL Center blog to catch up and see what you've missed.

Want to get text reminders before each chat? Sign up at

Thank you for your support!

With the holiday season comes holiday shopping. We'd love it if you'd consider CAST as you plan your end-of-year giving. There are many ways to give, and every dollar we receive during this charitable time of year allows us to reduce barriers for every learner — until learning has no limits. We can't do what we do without you. Thank you.
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