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Newsletter: June 2014
New Professional Learning Website!
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We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Professional Learning site! Learn more about our products and services by visiting
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We Need Your Help!
CAST is seeking middle school ELA and remedial reading teachers to participate in a research study from August 2015-April 2016. The goal is to learn how Udio, a new online reading program, impacts the motivation and reading comprehension of students. To learn more, email us at

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UDL Marzano Crosswalk
CAST is pleased to announce a new free resource for educators that links the UDL guidelines and checkpoints with the strategies described in Dr. Robert Marzano’s work. Based upon the work of two Washington state teachers, the Crosswalk on UDL and Marzano’s Effective Instruction Strategies will help educators to integrate the UDL framework into their everyday practice.
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Story Share Contest Winners Announced
Story Share, the $50K contest to benefit teen and adult beginning readers came to a close early this year, and eleven winners have been announced. The winning stories, along with other recommended reads for older struggling readers, are currently available as free eBooks on the contest website.
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UDL Webinar Series
Did you miss our last free webinar, UDL Now! with author Katie Novak? Access the archive here, along with archives of all our previous webinars. Also, be sure to check our site for what's next in the series!

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Fall Courses: Institutes and Online
Registration is now open for our Fall Institute!  In this introductory institute participants learn the research basis for UDL, practical applications of UDL to lesson design, and helpful technology tools that support flexible, inclusive instruction.  We also have a number of Professional Learning offerings this Fall, from on site Institutes to Online Courses.  Check our for our full range of courses as well as our customized solutions here.
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We Want to Know What You Think!
We are wondering how educators “know” whether or not UDL is being successfully applied in the classroom. When you visit a classroom...What are the top 3-5 things that you would look for as clear signals that UDL is being applied effectively? What are the top 3-5 things that you would look for as clear signals that UDL is not being applied effectively? Please share your ideas by sending an email to Jenna at We look forward to learning from your perspectives!
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UDL Twitter Chats
Want to build your #UDL #PLN? Join the worldwide conversation with educators, researchers, students and advocates all passionate about Universal Design for Learning.  #UDLchat is held every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month from 9-9:30p ET on Twitter.  Our next chat will be on Wednesday, July 2.  See you there!
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UDL Presenters' Academy
October 23-24, 2014
This institute is designed to help educators build professional development capacity within their own school, district, college or university. In this institute participants will be coached on strategies to deliver introductory UDL content as a UDL facilitator.  Register today to receive a 10% discount for those who apply by July 31, 2014
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UDL and the Common Core
CAST's own David Rose has an article in Special EDge, the CalSTAT Winter/Spring 2014 newsletter, titled 'Reflections: Universal Design for Learning and the Common Core'.  Click here to read the article, as well as the rest of the newsletter.

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