Issue Number 31: September 2011
Greetings To All,
Please take a few moments to check out “what’s new” in our Consortium newsletter. Also, let us know if you would like to be involved in the upcoming research efforts at CAST (see specific opportunities listed below). As you may know, the CAST staff is most interested to hear about the successes and challenges that you face as you implement Universal Design for Learning. Send me an email so that I can share your stories with staff. (firstname.lastname@example.org). I look forward to hearing from you,
National Center on Universal Design for Learning
The National Center provides many resources that support professional in the field, including the UDL Guidelines, policies, research, and the opportunity to connect with others through UDL Connect.
New UDL Resources
“UDLinks”, designed by the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Support Project, Office of Instructional Technology, and led by the Howard County Public Schools (HCPSS), is now available for download. “UDLinks” supports educators and parents as they search for resources that align content with UDL. This mobile application will be maintained by the Maryland State Department and is available for free download at the iTunes App Store and Google Android Market Place.
Also, take a look at the UDL Interactive Wheel, developed by the Maryland Department of Education and the Howard County Public Schools.
Brain Matters: Chapters 1 - 5 videos on You Tube
Todd Rose, senior research scientist at CAST, presents a five-part introductory series on the brain. Link to Brain Matters 1: The Neuron for the first chapter in the series.
Read with Me eBooks
The Read with Me eBooks instructional approach guides parents and teachers in ways to talk with children when they read storybooks together. The suggestions in these books help the children stay engaged and learn from the story. Embedded coaches provide suggestions for fun activities as well as providing ideas for how to engage children in talking about the stories.
Opportunity to Participate in CAST’s Research Work
CAST is submitting two proposals to the US Department of Education this month and we are hoping you will be interested in working with us. For your school or district to participate, the first step is a brief letter of support from your school principal or superintendent. If you would like to be involved as a research partner, please contact Janet Gronneberg (email@example.com) ASAP and she will send you a template letter of support for review, editing, and signature.
Project 1: Investigating the Development of Internalizing Symptoms in the School Context Among Elementary School Students With or at Risk for Learning Disabilities. Principal Investigator: Dr. Samantha Daley, CAST. (Grades 3-5)
Project 2: Universal Design for Learning & Curriculum-Based Measurement: Writing and Reading Assessments using Progress Monitoring. Principal Investigator: Dr. Tracey Hall, CAST
Please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in Professional Development for your school, district, or organization.
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