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Two events, one price

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For the first time ever, bundle your UDL-IRN Summit (April 13–14, 2021) & CAST UDL Symposium (July 28–30, 2021) tickets at a reduced price! Join us at the two largest UDL-focused events of the year.

Learn more about our ticket bundle

Reflecting on the UDL Guidelines research

We’ve started an initial review of the research referenced in the UDL Guidelines as part of our work to reenvision this foundational tool for implementing UDL. Early findings show clear evidence of the need to include work that addresses the full range of systemic barriers to learning.

For example, in Guideline 7: Provide Options for Recruiting Interest, of the 175 references used to inform the development of the Guideline, 11 speak to race, ethnicity, nationality, culture, or gender. In that same list of 175 references, 21 focus on behavior management.

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As part of our work in updating the UDL Guidelines through an equity lens, we look forward to broadening this literature base, listening to missing voices, and developing a more inclusive foundation for the UDL Guidelines.

Do you have recommendations for research we should consider as part of UDL Rising to Equity: Reenvisioning the Universal Design for Learning Guidelines?

Email your research recommendations

Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning

by Andratesha Fritzgerald
Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning book cover and headshot of author Andratesha Fritzgerald

"This book gives me hope that in education we can begin to eliminate the violence of academic and social prejudice that kills the spirit of our babies and belittles the needs and experiences of people of color.”
—From the Foreword by Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice

The journey to design antiracist learning environments is a lifetime commitment that is active, not passive. Drawing vivid portraits of her classroom instruction in urban schools over the past two decades, Fritzgerald shows teachers how to open new roads of communication, engagement, and skill-building for Black and Brown students.

Order your copy today

Language arts teachers, we need you

We’re out in virtual and hybrid classrooms supporting teachers in building middle school students’ writing skills through our Writer’s Workbench tool. In a flipped-classroom approach, teachers from all over the country learn independently through course-like modules and participate live in planning and a professional learning community with CAST project staff. Our teachers love these live sessions!
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Want to try out Writer’s Workbench with your middle school students in the 2021-2022 school year?
Learn more about participating

Teaching, learning, and assessing with technology

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How do we support learners’ use of technology to engage in learning authentically? What role does assistive technology have in a classroom? Join CAST staff from the Center for Inclusive Technology & Education Systems (CITES) to discuss inclusive technology practices in teaching, learning, and assessment that can benefit all students, including students with disabilities. Guest panelists from three CITES Knowledge Development Districts will share how they moved inclusive technology forward in their districts.
Register for the free webinar

Co-organize your learning with Corgi 2

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We’re excited to introduce Corgi 2, the next generation of interactive, digital graphic organizers designed to help learners tackle complex concepts and build higher-order thinking skills. Corgi 2 builds on the original Corgi application’s success and introduces several innovative features that strengthen NGSS practices and self-regulation strategies. Corgi 2 is perfect for hybrid or remote learning; real-time collaboration lets learners work together from anywhere. The interdisciplinary guides in Corgi 2 are free for anyone to use with your Google account.

We're looking for Middle School teachers to try out Corgi. If you’d like to work with us, please email corgi@cast.org for more information.

Try out Corgi 2

Learn with us

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We have two upcoming virtual institutes to expand your understanding of Universal Design for Learning and incorporate it into your practice. Enrollment is limited for these boutique-style learning events, so be sure to reserve your spot today.
Learn more about our Institutes

Invent your future with Biofab Explorer

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Biofab Explorer is a free career guidance resource to attract and inspire students to the emerging field of biofabrication. The tool, created as part of our collaboration with the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) and several career and technical education schools, includes profiles of employees working in both the biotech and manufacturing sides of biofabrication, as well as case stories documenting the life-changing impact of biofabrication technology on the treatment of chronic diseases. It also includes a Teacher Guide to support the use of the modules in classrooms.

Learn more about Biofab Explorer

We're helping 7 states ramp up systems for accessible materials & technologies

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The AEM Center successfully launched our National AEM Cohort by hosting virtual kickoff meetings with our seven cohort states in November and January. Teams representing the continuum of learning from early childhood to workforce development in each state started examining the AEM Quality Indicators. These systems will guide our work over the next four years. The meetings set the tone for a strong start, and teams are already hard at work developing plans that will improve the coordinated provision of accessible materials and technologies in their states for all learners who need them.
Get to know the AEM Cohort
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