Innovate Inside the Box
George Couros and Katie Novak
The answer to creating innovative teaching and learning opportunities lies within you.
Every educator faces constraints—from budget restrictions to predetermined curriculum to “one-size-fits-all” mandatory assessments. The question is, how can you, as a teacher or administrator, ensure that regulations and limitations don’t impede authentic learning?
In Innovate Inside the Box, George Couros and Katie Novak provide informed insight on creating purposeful learning opportunities for all students. By combining the power of the Innovator’s Mindset and Universal Design for Learning (UDL), they empower educators to create opportunities that will benefit every learner. Couros and Novak show you how to . . .
- Leverage the Core of Innovative Teaching and Learning with a focus on developing meaningful relationships.
- Develop the 8 Characteristics of the Innovator’s Mindset in your students—and yourself.
- Use UDL to proactively design learning experiences that foster voice and choice while addressing barriers that impede learning.
- Create learner-driven, evidence-informed learning experiences that provide all students with options and choices to maximize success.
Transforming Higher Education Through Universal Design for Learning
Edited by Seán Bracken, Worcester University, UK and Katie Novak
Providing insight into the background, theory and practical applications of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the Higher Education sector; this book examines and shares best practice in UDL implementation worldwide to provide institutions with strategies to increase accessibility and engagement. Every chapter provides a different perspective of how UDL has helped meet the needs of all students to ensure that education is accessible, culturally responsive, and socially just. Educational leaders and researchers across the globe assist in making this publication a crucial read for those who want to make a positive difference in Higher Education provision and outcomes.
In this revised and expanded edition of UDL Now! Katie Novak provides practical insights and savvy strategies for helping all learners meet high standards using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is a framework for inclusive education that aims to lower barriers to learning and optimize each individual’s opportunity to learn. Novak shows how to use the UDL Guidelines to plan lessons, choose materials, assess learning, and improve instructional practice. Novak discusses key concepts such as scaffolding, vocabulary-building, and using student feedback to inform instruction. She also provides tips on recruiting students as partners in the teaching process, engaging their interest in how they learn. UDL Now! is a fun and effective Monday-morning playbook for great teaching.
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Let Them Thrive: A Playbook for Helping Your Child Succeed in School and in Life
Let Them Thrive provides parents with a practical understanding of how education works – and how it can work better – for their children. Every learner is as unique as his or her fingerprints. But one-size-fits-all schooling doesn’t account for those variations. In this highly readable book (with unique hand-drawn illustrations), bestselling author, educator, and parent Katie Novak introduces the research-based framework Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Parents learn the origins of UDL in the learning sciences and in practice. (UDL is prominent in the federal Every Student Succeed Act). They also learn strategies, tips, and tools to support their children’s learning in school and in life. Let Them Thrive is an important new contribution to the growing literature on UDL, the first such book directly aimed at parents.
UDL in the Cloud!
UDL in the Cloud helps educators design and deliver more accessible, engaging, and effective online learning experiences. Drawing on years of experience in K-12 and postsecondary settings, authors Katie Novak and Tom Thibodeau offer a highly practical approach to developing e-courses, virtual snow days, flipped classes, and blended learning experiences that meet the needs of diverse learners.
Following the principles and guidelines of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), readers learn to identify potential barriers to learning, cultivate an engaging “instructor presence” in a virtual environment, develop a detailed syllabus that inspires and motivates students, help scaffold students’ time management skills, and much more.
Universally Designed Leadership
The new Every Student Succeeds Act governing K-12 education in the United States defines and endorses Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a framework to help achieve greater opportunity and academic achievement for all learners, including those with disabilities, English learners, and “gifted and talented” students. In Universally Designed Leadership, Novak and Rodriguez, veteran school administrators, provide school leaders and educators with a guidebook for putting the UDL framework into practice. They show how to guide district and school staff in discussions around student data and use the UDL guidelines to shape curriculum decisions. This is a must-read for any education leader who wants to create more equitable, inclusive, and effective learning environments.
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