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English Language Arts

  • 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.
  • ReadWriteThink website is a partnership of the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the MarcoPolo Education Foundation to provide educators and students with access to free-of-charge content regarding best practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction.
  • The Poetry Archive has an extensive collection of poets reading their own work. You can enjoy listening to the voices of contemporary English-language poets and of poets from the past. There are activities and materials specifically designed for teachers and for children.
  • Electronic Books and Online Resources: Explore online reading including interactive stories, articles, and books. Involve readers in writing stories including adding to stories, writing new endings, creating illustrations, and facilitating discussions.
  • The SEECs Toolkit provides high-school educators with strategies, procedures, activities, and resources informed by UDL principles for increasing reading proficiency in subject area content. The toolkit guides teachers in the use of effective vocabulary instruction and reading comprehension strategies that promote access, participation, and progress in subject-area content for all students.
  • PBS Teachers Reading & Language Arts offers interactive online and offline lesson plans to engage students. Database is searchable by grade level and content.


  • 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.
  • On line math tools and software is an extensive math site that provides virtual tools and manipulatives to be used with students that have difficulty visualizing.
  • PBS Teachers Math offers interactive online and offline lesson plans to engage students. Database is searchable by grade level and content.


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Universal Design for Learning

Related Books and Articles

  • Rose, D. & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching every student in the digital age: Universal Design for Learning. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/
  • Rose, David H., Meyer, Anne, and Hitchcock, Chuck (Eds.). (2005). The Universally Designed Classroom: Accessible Curriculum and Digital Technologies. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press. http://gseweb.harvard.edu/hepg/universallydesigned.html
  • Jackson, R., Harper, K., & Jackson, J. (2001). Effective teaching practices and the barriers limiting their use in accessing the curriculum: A review of recent literature. Peabody, MA: Center for Applied Special Technology, Inc.
    Retrieved [insert date] from http://www.cast.org/publications/ncac/ncac_effectivetp.html
    Click here for this report in Microsoft Word format
  • Spooner, F., Baker, J. N., Ahlgrim-Delzell, L., Browder, D., & Harris, A. (2007). Effects of training in universal design for learning (UDL) on lesson plan development. Remedial and Special Education 28(2): 108-116(9).

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