CAST-Lincoln Way SERRC Professional Development Initiative

The Lincoln Way SERRC offers a wide and varied schedule of professional development and training opportunities throughout the year and has invited CAST staff to provide their constituents with an opportunity to learn about Universal Design for Learning and differentiating instruction for all students.

Workshop Agenda:

Agenda Day 1, 2005 November 3, 2005 (doc)

Agenda Day 2, 2005 November 4, 2005 (doc)

Activity Resources:

Getting to know you, the UDL way

Your Three Brain Networks

PAL Toolkit

Model Lesson, focusing on vocabulary development

I’ve Got the Literacy Blues Lesson:

Audio Clips:
Gift of the Magi:

Activity: Using Student-Centered Comprehension Strategies with Elie Wiesel’s Night

Dade County Reciprocal Teaching Resources

Workshop Materials:

PAL Process (doc)

Step 1 Goal activity (doc)

Step 2 Analyze Status (doc)

Step 2 Traditional Materials_Barriers worksheet (doc)

Step 3 Methods-Materials (doc)

Step 3 UDL Instructional Methods (doc)

Inspiration Session Overview (doc)

Word Table (doc), Features of Word (doc), MS Tips (doc), WebAIM Word (doc), Additional Word Features (doc)

Key Points Table (doc)

Spinner Sheet (doc)

Ohio Resources:

Suggested Readings:

Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction, by Isabel L. Beck, Margaret G. McKeown, Linda Kucan. New York: Guilford Press, 2002.

Differentiated Instruction and Implications for UDL Implementation , by Nicole Strangman, Tracey Hall and Anne Meyer.

Graphic Organizers and Implications for Universal Design for Learning: Curriculum Enhancement Report , by Nicole Strangman, Tracey Hall and Anne Meyer.

Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning, by David H. Rose & Anne Meyer. Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2002.

The Universally Designed Classroom: Accessible Curriculum & Digital Technologies, edited by David H. Rose, Anne Meyer, and Chuck Hitchcock. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2005.


National Library of Virtual Manipulatives for Interactive Math is a NSF supported project that began in 1999 to develop a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis).

The Shodor Interactivate website provides a collection of Java-based courseware for exploration in science and mathematics.

Web-Based Resources for Mathematics: Tools and Activities for Teaching and Learning are a valuable resource including a large annotated list of free web-based math tools and activities.

Web-Based Resources for Mathematics: Articles Related to Mathematics Education doc | pdf. These provide users with access to articles that are cataloged according to the type of research, content, and process standards developed by National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

The Math Matrix is a searchable database that presents evidence and products for the use of technologies that support the instruction of mathematics for students with special needs.


ReadWriteThink Web Site

The Reading Matrix database of products and evidence select one of the six purposes of technology that support reading for students with reading disabilities.

Read about Strategy Instruction Goes Digital: Two Teachers' Perspectives on Digital Texts with Embedded Learning Supports. This Reading Online interview features two middle school teachers who have used CAST's universally-designed digital novels with embedded strategy instruction, text-to-speech capability, and multi-media glossary supports to improve their students' reading comprehension and engagement. They share teaching strategies and examples of student work.

Dade County Reciprocal Teaching Resources. These lesson plan resources from Project WebSIGHT in Dade County, Florida offer a variety of supports for implementing reciprocal teaching, including lesson plans at the elementary and middle school levels.

Strategy Instruction Assessments and Lesson Plans. These materials, from CAST’s Strategic Learning Editions Project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education, support teachers and students in using strategy instruction in the classroom.

Social Studies:

Picturing Modern America, Historical Thinking Exercises for Middle and High School, Education Development Center (EDC)

Teacher Grants:

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National Cristina Foundation (NCF) provides free computer technology and solutions to give people with disabilities, students at risk and economically disadvantaged persons the opportunity, through training, to lead more independent and productive lives.

NEA Fine Arts Grants: On behalf of the National Education Association (NEA), The NEA Foundation offers NEA Fine Arts grants to NEA members. Available to elementary (grades K-6) school art specialists through local NEA affiliates, the grants allow fine arts educators to create and implement programs that promote learning among students at risk of school failure. Deadline: February 1, 2006.

The NEA Foundation** makes $2,000 and $5,000 grants to practicing US public school teachers in grades K-12, public school education support professionals, and faculty and staff at US public higher education institutions.

SMARTer Kids Grants: To help educators purchase SMART products, the SMARTer Kids Foundation provides grants worth anywhere from 15 to 70 percent of the suggested list price of qualifying products. This program is available to educators in the United States and Canada. Read about Smarter Kids grants programs.

The Toyota TAPESTRY grant program, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, has awarded 552 grants totaling over $5 million to teachers in the United States and U.S. Territories. This year, 50 grants of up to $10,000 each and a minimum of 20 "mini-grants" of $2,500 each are available to K-12 teachers of science. To apply for funding, qualified teachers must write a Toyota TAPESTRY proposal and submit it for receipt at NSTA by January 19, 2006.

Other Links:

Inspiration web site

Teaching Every Student web site works to help you integrate technology into your classroom by offering FREE online tools and resources.