Dr. 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 the field called Universal Design for Learning which now influences educational policy and practice throughout the United States and internationally. Dr. Rose also teaches at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education where he has been on the faculty for almost 30 years.
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. 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.
Dr. Rose was recently honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” for leading education efforts in STEM for students with disabilities. 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.” Dr. Rose holds a B.A. in psychology from Harvard College, a master’s in teaching from Reed College, and a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.