David Rose

Professional Title
Founder and Chief Education Officer
About Me (Bio)
David Rose capitalizes on his background in classroom teaching, clinical neuropsychology, and cognitive neuroscience to develop innovative solutions to challenging problems in education and learning.

In 1984, David Rose helped to found CAST (the Center for Applied Special Technology) with a vision of expanding educational opportunities for all students, especially those with disabilities, through the innovative use of new technologies. This work led to the development of the theory and practical framework of Universal Design for Learning.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Rose has served on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he teaches a course in Universal Design for Learning and a year-long course called Cognitive Development, Education, and the Brain with Howard Gardner and Kurt Fischer.

As a researcher, Dr. Rose is the Principal Investigator on a number of U.S. Department of Education and National Science Foundation grants, and is currently the principal investigator of two national centers created to develop and implement the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS). With the increasing prominence of UDL as a field within education, Dr. Rose has become a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences.

He is also the co-author or editor with Anne Meyer of the books Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning (ASCD, 2002); Learning to Read in the Computer Age (Brookline, 1998); A Practical Reader in Universal Design for Learning (Harvard Education Press, 2006), and (with Anne Meyer and Chuck Hitchcock) The Universally Designed Classroom: Accessible Curriculum and Digital Technologies (Harvard Education Press, 2005). In addition he is the author of numerous journal articles and academic book chapters.

Dr. Rose also 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).

Dr. Rose has worked as a consultant for Houghton-Mifflin, Scholastic, Tom Snyder Productions, EBSCO Publishing, Pearson, Sopris West, and other publishers. He has also testified before the U.S. Senate’s Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education, and regularly advises state departments of education on policies related to the education of students with disabilities and designing universally designed educational systems.

With his CAST colleagues, he has won numerous awards, including the Computerworld/Smithsonian Award for Innovation in Education and Academia (Laureate, 1993; Finalist, 1999), Tech Museum of Innovation Award (2002), LD Access Foundation Innovation Award (1999), and the EdNET HERO Award (2005). In 2004, the George Lucas Educational Foundation’s Edutopia magazine named him one of education’s “Daring Dozen.”
Center for Applied Special Technology, Inc. (CAST)

CAST, the University of Michigan, and EDC are collaborating to create heuristics for universally designed middle and high school science materials; to build an open-source UDL Inquiry Science System (ISS) that enables science curricula to be transformed into digitally supported versions that incorporate UDL features, to use the ISS to produce four UDL exemplars from tested instructional materials, and to evaluate the benefits of these exemplars for grades-5–12 students with and without learning disabilities.