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David H. Rose

Lecturer on Education, Technology, Innovation, and Education Program

David H. Rose

Degree:  Ed.D., Harvard University, (1976)
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Phone:  781.245.2212
Office:  Longfellow 329
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Faculty Assistant:  Judith Wasserman


David Rose has been on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) for over 30 years. Rose is a developmental neuropsychologist and educator whose primary focus is on the development of new technologies for learning. In 1984, Rose cofounded 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 the field called Universal Design for Learning which now influences educational policy and practice throughout the United States and internationally. Rose is the co-author of five scholarly books, numerous award-winning educational technologies, and dozens of chapters and research journal articles. He has been the principal investigator on large grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and many national foundations. In the policy arena, he was one of the authors of the recent National Educational Technology Plan, has testified before the U.S. Senate, and helped to lead the development of the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard. Rose has won many awards, including recently being honored at the White House as a "Champion of Change." Rose holds a B.A. in psychology from Harvard College, a master's in teaching from Reed College, and a doctorate from HGSE.

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Areas of Expertise

2009–2014 Principal Investigator: National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) Center
Funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Special Programs (OSEP). The NIMAS Center oversees the creation of an increasingly valid and comprehensive NIMAS technical specification that is both practical and widely adopted by states, publishers, and conversion houses. The Center is continuation of CAST’s work on the NIMAS Development Center.

2009–2014 Principal Investigator: National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)
Funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Special Programs (OSEP). The AIM Center provides technical assistance to state educational agencies, local education agencies, and other stakeholders to develop effective systems for the timely delivery of high-quality accessible instructional materials to all students with disabilities who need them. The National Center is a continuation of CAST’s work on the NIMAS Technical Assistance Center and the AIM Consortium.

2010–2015 Co-Principal Investigator: Center for Implementation of Technology in Education (CITEd II)
Funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Special Programs (OSEP). The American Institutes of Research (AIR) and CAST are collaborating to provide technical assistance to SEAs and LEAs in implementing and evaluating selected evidence-based technology practices. CITEd II is a continuation of CAST’s previous successful five-year initiative with AIR and the Education Development Center (EDC).

2012–2016 Co-Principal Investigator: Center for Research in Online Learning for Students with Disabilities
Funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. CAST in collaboration with the University of Kansas and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, conducts research on how K-12 online learning impacts the access, participation, and progress of students with disabilities. Research outcomes are expected to inform the design, selection, and implementation of online digital curriculum materials, the systems that deliver and support them, and the instructional practices associated with their use, in order to increase their efficacy for students with disabilities and other elementary and secondary learners.

2012-2016 Principal Investigator: Center on the Use of Emerging Technologies to Improve Literacy Achievement for Students with Disabilities in Middle School
Funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. In partnership with Vanderbilt University, the Center is researching and developing a technology-rich learning environment that makes it possible for schools to provide personalized literacy support across content areas to students throughout the school day – The Universal Literacy Network (ULN). The purpose of the ULN is to foster a passionate interest and investment in reading for students who have traditionally been uninterested in, or disenfranchised by, traditional classroom literacy practices.


Fred Strache Leadership Award Recipient,(2014)

Champions of Change Honoree, the White House, Washington DC,(2012)

Honoree of The Friday Medal, The William & IDA Friday Institute for Educational Innovation,(2012)

EdNET HERO Award,(2005)

Named one of education’s “Daring Dozen” by George Lucas Educational Foundation’s Edutopia magazine,(2004)

Tech Museum of Innovation Award,(2002)

Computerworld/Smithsonian Award for Innovation in Education and Academia,(1999)

LD Access Foundation Innovation Award,(1999)

Smithsonian Prize, ComputerWorld (Laureate, 1993; Finalist, 1999)

Sponsored Projects


National Instruction Materials Standard (NIMAS) Technical Assistance Center (2004-2009)
U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement

Center will support the efficient production of baseline NIMAS files and the conversion of these files into alternate formats.


"Learning in the Digital Age," (with B. Dalton) in Building Usable Knowledge in Mind, Brain, and Education (ed. by K. Fischer and T. Katzir),(forthcoming)

Glass, D., Meyer, A., & Rose, D.H. The Arts and Universal Design for Learning. In The Harvard Educational Review, Expanding Our Vision for the Arts in Education, 83(1). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.,(2013)

Rose, D.H., & Gravel, J.W. Using Digital Media to Design Student-Centered Curricula. In R. E. Wolfe, A. Steinberg, & N. Hoffmann (Eds.) Anytime, Anywhere: Student-Centered Learning for Students and Teachers. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.,(2013)

Chita-Tegmark, M., Gravel, J. W., Serpa, M. deL. B., Domings, Y., & Rose, D. H. Using the universal design for learning framework to support culturally diverse learners. Journal of Education 192(1): 17-22.,(2012)

Hall, T.E., Meyer, A., & Rose, D.H. Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom: Practical Applications. New York: Guilford.,(2012)

Rose, D.H. & Gravel, J.W. Curricular opportunities in the digital age. Students at the Center Series. Boston: Jobs for the Future. Retrieved online from,(2012)

Karger, J., Rose, D., & Boundy, K. B. Applying “Universal Design for Learning” to the education of youth in detention and juvenile corrections facilities. In S. Bahena, N. Cooc, R. Currie-Rubin, P. Kuttner, and M. Ng (Eds.) Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline, 119-143. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Educational Review.,(2012)

Rose, D.H. & Gravel, J.W. Universal design for learning. In B. McGaw, P. Peterson, & E. Baker (Eds.). International Encyclopedia of Education, 3rd Ed. Oxford: Elsevier.,(2010)

Rose, D. H., Vue, G. (Winter). 2020’s learning landscape: A retrospective on dyslexia. Perspectives on Language and Literacy, 33-37.,(2010)

“Expert Space,” Scholastic (Web Encyclopedia) (software),(2010)

Rose, D., & Dalton, B. Learning to read in the digital age. Mind, Brain, and Education, 3(2), 74–83.,(2009)

Rose, D., & Gravel, J. W. UDL, global positioning systems, and lessons for improving education. In D. Gordon, J. Gravel, & L. Schifter (Eds.) A policy reader in universal design for learning. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.,(2009)

Rose, D.H., Harbour, W.S., Johnston, C.S., Daley, S.G., & Abarbanell, L. Universal design for learning in postsecondary education: Reflections on principles and their application. In Burgstahler, S.E., & Cory, R.C. (Eds.) Universal design in higher education: From principles to practice. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.,(2008)

Rose, D. & Rappolt-Schlichtmann, G. Applying universal design for learning with children living in poverty. In S.B. Neuman (Ed) Educating the other America: Top experts tackle poverty, literacy and achievement in our schools. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing.,(2008)

Rose, D. H., Hall, T. E., & Murray, E (Fall). Accurate for all: Universal design for learning and the assessment of students with learning disabilities. Perspectives on Language and Literacy, 23-28.,(2008)

Dalton, B. & Rose, D. Scaffolding digital comprehension. In C.C. Block & S.R. Parris (Eds.). Comprehension instruction: Research-based best practices, second edition. New York, Guilford Publications: 347-361.,(2008)

"Is Synthesis Possible? Making Doubly Sure in Research and Application," in Mind, Brain, and Education in Reading Disorders (ed. by K. Fischer, J. Bernstein, and M. Immordino-Yang),(2007)

"Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning: Two Sides of the Same Coin," (with T. Hasselbring, et al) in Handbook of Special Education Technology Research and Practice (ed. by D. Edyburn, et al),(2005)

"Thinking Reader" (software),(2004)

"Digital Learning," in Cable in the Classroom (with A. Meyer),(2003)

"Moving the Promise Forward: A National File Format for Accessible Instructional Materials," in CounterPoint (with S. Stahl),(2003)

Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning (with A. Meyer, N. Strangman, and G. Rappolt),(2002)

"Universal Design for Learning: Digital Text in the Classroom," in Journal of Special Education Technology (with M. Aronica and S. Stahl),(2002)

"Providing New Access to the General Curriculum," in TEACHING Exceptional Children (with C. Hitchcock, R. Jackson, and A. Meyer),(2002)

"Testimony Before the Senate Appropriations Committee," in Journal of Special Education Technology,(2001)

"Looking at Textbooks," in Journal of Special Education Technology (with C. O'Connell),(2001)

"Universal Design for Learning: Deriving Guiding Principles from Networks that Learn," in Journal of Special Education Technology,(2001)

"Walking the Walk: Universal Design on the Web," in Journal of Special Education Technology (with D. Grogan and R. Ruzic),(2000)

"Assessment," in Journal of Special Education Technology (with B. Dolan),(2000)

"Universal Design for Learning," in Journal of Special Education Technology (with G. Meo and S. Sethuraman),(2000)

"The Future Is in the Margins: The Role of Technology and Disability in Educational Reform," a Department of Education White Paper,(2000)

"Universal Design for Learning," in Journal of Special Education Technology (with A. Meyer),(2000)

"Universal design for individual differences," in Educational Leadership (with A. Meyer),(2000)

"Universal Design for Individual Differences," in Educational Leadership (with A. Meyer),(2000)

"The Future is in the Margins: The Role of Technology and Disability in Educational Reform," for U.S. Department of Education (with A. Meyer),(1999)

"Learning to Read in the Computer Age," (with A. Meyer) in From Reading Research to Practice (ed. by J. Chall and J. Onofrey),(1998)

"ULTimate KidBooks™" (software),(1997)

"ULTimate Reader™" (software),(1997)

"ULTimate CaptionWorks™" (software),(1997)

"Expanding the Literacy Toolbox: New Media in the Classroom," in Literacy Research Paper (with A. Meyer),(1996)

"Bobby™" (software),(1996)

"CAST eReader™" (software),(1996)

"Apprenticeship and Exploration: A New Approach to Literacy Instruction," in Literacy Research Paper,(1995)

"The Role of Technology in Language Arts Instruction," in Language Arts (with A. Meyer),(1994)

"Literacy in the Electronic Age" (with A. Meyer and B. Pisha), in Literacy: A Redefinition (ed. by A. Baratta and C. Hedley),(1994)

"Communications Technology for Everyone: Implications for the Classroom and Beyond" (software),(1994)

"WiggleWorks® Scholastic Beginning Literacy System" (software),(1994)

"Restructuring with Multimedia" (with A. Meyer), in Rethinking the Roles of Technology in Education (ed. by Estes and Thomas),(1993)

"Process and Product in Writing: Computer as Enabler" (with A. Meyer and B. Pisha), in Written Language Disorders: Theory Into Practice (ed. by L. Baillet, A. Bain, and L. Moats),(1990)

"Gateway Authoring System" (software),(1989)

"Gateway Stories" (software),(1989)

"Software and Special Needs: A Needed Link," in Masstream (with A. Meyer),(1987)

"Microcomputers: Changing the Message for LD Students," in Masstream (with A. Meyer),(1987)

"The WordProcessor: A Tool for Life," in The Exceptional Parent (with A. Meyer),(1987)

"Summer Software for Kids: Learn, Explore & Create!" in The Boston Parents' Paper (with A. Meyer),(1987)

"Some Functional Correlates of the Maturation of Neural Systems," in Biological Studies of Mental Processes (ed. by D. Caplan),(1979)

"Maturation and Maze Behavior in Preschool Children," Developmental Psychology (with D. Wertlieb),(1979)

"Gyrus Granuel Cells and Cognitive Development: Explorations in the Substrates of Behavioral Change," Doctoral Thesis, Harvard University,(1976)


Member, National Committee of Visitors, National Science Foundation's Directorate of Human Resource Development, Arlington, VA,(2000-)

Associate Editor, Journal of Special Education Technology

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