CAST Newsletter | February 2019
CAST | Until learning has no limits

Join us in becoming expert learners.

Photo of a room full of participants at a past UDL Symposium

How do you support expert learning in your learning environment? Proposals for the CAST 5th Annual UDL Symposium: Becoming Expert Learners are due Sunday, March 3 by 11:59 pm ET (UTC-5). Want to soak up the expert learning yourself? Reserve your spot and register today!

See you in August

Expanding opportunities, until learning has no limits.

Meet Irvin, a YouthBuild alumnus who fought through adversity to become a National Forest Firefighter.
If you're a young person who has lacked opportunities, a STEM career probably feels hard to reach. This spring, CAST — in collaboration with YouthBuild USA — is piloting a tool to help young people discover and demonstrate career and STEM competencies. Because expert learning isn't limited to the classroom, and everyone deserves opportunities to show their potential.
Discover how Irvin and others inspire us

CAST partners with the Woodrow Wilson Academy at MIT.

Photo of Allison Posey
CAST's Curriculum & Design Specialist, Allison Posey, advises ten first-year fellows on designing for learner variability using UDL at the WW Academy, a new graduate school of education built in collaboration with MIT.
Learn more about our partnership

Designing better learning resources.

Comic of a young person looking at an article on a tablet, thinking, "The highlighted key points help me get to the important points quickly."
Have you ever found a great educational tool or resource online, only to discover that it isn't accessible to learners with disabilities? Find out how our project, the Center on Inclusive Software for Learning (CISL), is addressing that challenge.
Visit the CISL project

For effective UDL implementation, build a better system.

AEM Quality Indicators icons
Ensuring accessibility of materials and technologies starts with a high-quality procurement system. Join the AEM Center at CAST for a 5-part webinar series describing each component of that system with examples from our Best Practice Cohort states. The Part 1 & Part 2 archives and resources are already available, and Part 3 will be held on Thursday, February 28 from 3:00–4:00 pm ET (UTC-5).
Learn about the AEM Quality Indicators

The AT Wheel is back, along with a new book on AT for school administrators.

Created by CEC’s Innovations in Special Education Technology (CEC-ISET) membership group, the ever-popular Assistive Technology Wheel has been updated, improved, and is ready to be your go-to AT resource. This is perfect timing for the launch of a brand new book by Gayl Bowser and Penny R. Reed — Leading the Way to Excellence in AT Services: A Guide for School Administrators — designed to help administrators identify critical issues and specific actions that will influence the provision of excellent assistive technology devices and services.
Find them both at CAST Publishing

It's about the journey.

Photos of young George Patton with his horse and an older George with another horse. "CAST had the dreams and the professionalism to make this happen." — Joanne Patton, Former CAST Board Member
For former CAST board member, Joanne Patton, CAST's work with her son, George, and our commitment to busting barriers to learning wherever learning happens, represent the best of what's possible. Find out how you can help us keep growing and developing innovative research and practices so every learner has the opportunity to grow and thrive, just like George.
Meet George & learn more

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Check out these resources that inspire us from around the web.
  • Just Ask by Joni Degner via the UDL Center
    "Designing with UDL ensures flexibility, accessibility, and high expectations for all learners. Engaging learners in the design of their own learning sends a clear message: what you think matters."
  • Introduction to UDL in 15 Minutes by Loui Lord Nelson
    "For this podcast, I interview educators in the field from preschool to graduate school who are implementing UDL in their learning environments. Some are beginners. Some are experienced. But all are eager to share their stories."
  • Braille on Demand (Episode 15) from the AccessAbilities Podcast
    "IPI Braille on Demand is a resource for Iowa educators working with sight-impaired school children to have documents quickly transcribed into Braille. IPI is the work arm of the Iowa Department of Corrections, teaching offenders in our work programs skills needed to be successful citizens upon release."
  • Super Bowl Commercial 2019: We All Win from Microsoft
    "When technology empowers each of us, it empowers all of us. This Super Bowl, follow the inspirational story of passionate young gamers rising to the top of their game with a little help from their friends, family and the Xbox Adaptive Controller."
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