David Rose is a developmental neuropsychologist and educator whose primary focus is on the development of new technologies for learning. In 1984, Dr. Rose co-founded CAST, a not-for-profit research and development organization whose mission is to improve education, for all learners, through innovative uses of modern multimedia technology and contemporary research in the cognitive neurosciences. That work has grown into a new field called Universal Design for Learning which now influences educational policy and practice throughout the United States and beyond.
Dr. Rose has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for nearly three decades. He leads or participates in many of CAST's technology and media development projects that have resulted in programs that are both award-winning and commercially successful including: Literary Place (Scholastic); Wiggleworks; (Scholastic); Thinking Reader (Tom Snyder/Scholastic); CAST’s Bobby (now distributed by IBM); AMP Reading System (Pearson). David also regularly advises state departments of education on policies related to the education of students with disabilities and designing universally designed educational systems.
Katie Novak is currently the Assistant Superintendent of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in MA. With 14 years of experience in teaching and administration, and an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching from Boston University, Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), multi-tiered systems of support, and 21st century learning.
As a teacher, Katie was selected by the Teaching Channel to be featured in a series of videos about educator excellence. Katie is also the author of best-selling book on inclusive education: UDL Now! A Teacher’s Monday Morning Guide to Common Core Implementation using Universal Design for Learning (2014), UDL in the Cloud: How to Deliver Online Education Using Universal Design for Learning (2016), and Universally Designed Leadership (June, 2016), all published by CAST Publishing. Lastly, she is a graduate instructor who teaches face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses focused on Universal Design for Learning.