CAST Newsletter: May 2019
CAST | Until learning has no limitsⓇ

UDL and biofabrication?

Two workers in lab coats and gloves working in a laboratory

We bust barriers to learning wherever learning happens, including in new and exciting contexts. CAST is partnering with the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute to engage Career & Technical Education (CTE) students in the emerging biofabrication industry. CAST will create a career exploration prototype—co-designed with industry leaders and CTE students in New Hampshire—to expose young people from a variety of backgrounds to the in-demand STEM career pathways right in their neighborhoods.

Learn more about this groundbreaking project

UDL at your own pace.

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

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

In our facilitated self-paced courses, 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 learning experience in your own context.

Register for CAST online learning

We have three new titles to share with you.

Three book covers

UDL Navigators in Higher Education A Field Guide
by Jodie Black & Eric J. Moore

UDL for Language Learners
by Caroline Torres & Kavita Rao

A Tree for All: Your Coloring Book of UDL Principles and Practice
by Loui Lord Nelson, Illustrated by Allison Posey

These titles are all available for order now, and UDL Navigators in Higher Education begins shipping next week.

Save 20% on these titles and more using the code SPRING17! Simply enter the code in the “marketing code” field during checkout on our website. Email us for purchase orders.

Order today

Building a diverse STEM talent pipeline

Career Exploration and Readiness for STEM
Young people from all over the country, including Oregon, California, Missouri, New Mexico, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, will soon try out CAST's new STEM ePortfolio. Find out more about how and why we developed a different way for youth from marginalized communities to demonstrate their STEM knowledge and skills.
Watch our STEM for All video submission

Buy accessible.

When states and districts make buying accessible a priority, all learners benefit. Discover the Five Things Educators Can Do to Buy Accessible and help push us closer to a time when buying accessible requires nothing more than just buying.
Learn how

Co-organize your learning

CORGI: Co-organize your learning
We're building supported graphic organizers within Google's cloud-based applications to enhance content learning and higher-order thinking in middle-school science. This National Science Foundation funded project builds upon the CORGI application, originally developed by CAST & SRI. No corgis were harmed in the development of the CORGI application. 😉
Find out more about CORGI

Founders' Fund Recipients Announced

Thanks to generous donations from supporters like you, CAST is pleased to announce the Anne Meyer & David Rose Founders’ Fund for Innovation projects for 2019.

Learn more & donate now
The 5th Annual CAST UDL Symposium: Becoming Expert Learners
This year's Symposium offers an opportunity to explore what we mean by becoming expert learners. In sessions that encourage hands-on inquiry, problem-solving, and critical conversations, you will discover how to teach and practice the habits of resourceful, strategic, and motivated learning. You will gain a deeper understanding of expert learning’s purpose and with concrete examples of how UDL helps us achieve it. Together, we will harness the motivation and the tools to bring expert learning strategies back to our communities!
Join us!

Inspiration from around the web

People often ask us, "What are you reading? What are you watching? What inspires you?" Check out what's been catching our attention lately.

  • Special Olympics Programs Benefit All Learners by Sam Johnston, via the UDL Center blog
    In this deeply personal piece, Dr. Johnston talks about the importance of Special Olympics programs and inclusion for all learners, including her daughter.
  • Boy who said 'Wow!' after Mozart performance is found — and his story is so moving via Today Show
    Have you heard of the "Wow! Child"? Ronan Mattin happens to be the grandson of one of our Software Developers, Stephen Mattin! The story celebrates human variability in action, and we just love it.
  • Orange You Accessible? by Ericka Seastrand, via the UX Collective blog
    A mini case study in color contrast with some fantastic tips and resources on making sure your color choices aren't creating barriers for your users, learners, and audiences.
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