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Equity by Design

Make the Critical Link Between Social Justice and Universal Design for Learning

There are many educators who learn about the framework of Universal Design for Learning or UDL and think of it as a blueprint for lesson design. This course has been created to share that UDL is so much more than how to design a lesson. Rather, it is about recognizing that every single learner has amazing assets that will allow them to learn at high levels when provided with grade-level instruction that is accessible, engaging, linguistically appropriate, culturally sustaining, and anti-racist.

Many students face barriers that prevent them from learning at high levels, but with proactive design, we can minimize and eliminate many of those barriers. When we provide students and their families with opportunities to share their voices and make choices about their learning, we can create new and better systems.

We know that educators are trying to eliminate opportunity gaps and elevate and celebrate the brilliance of young scholars. But, the reality is that many learners do not have access to opportunities that allow them to become motivated, purposeful, resourceful, and strategic. It is our hope that by reading the text, and participating in this UDL and Equity course, you will have strategies and resources that will allow you to have a great impact.

At a Glance















Course Objectives


Gain the tools to alter the all-too-predictable outcomes for our historically under-served students


It’s educators who design students’ learning experiences, who build student relationships, who ultimately have the power to change the trajectory of our students’ lives. Through this course, you’ll learn how to leverage your power to make change.


Through the research-based foundation and practical applications, you'll rethink your practices, self-reflect, and gain the tools to design social justice into your curriculum.

Katie Novak and Mirko Chardin

About Your Instructors

Katie Novak, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned education consultant. With 18 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and eight published books, Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on the implementation of inclusive practices, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), multi-tiered systems of support, and universally designed leadership. Novak’s work has impacted educators worldwide as her contributions and collaborations have built upon the foundation for an educational framework that is critical for student success.

Mirko Chardin is the Founding Head of School of the Putnam Avenue Upper School in Cambridge, MA. Mirko’s work has involved all areas of school management and student support. His greatest experience and passion revolves around culturally connected teaching and learning, recruiting and retaining educators of color, restorative practice, and school culture. He delivers keynotes across the nation on equity, social justice, and personal narrative. He is also a race, diversity, and cultural proficiency facilitator and leadership coach for the Aspire Institute at Boston University’s New Wheelock College of Human Development. He is a principal mentor for the Perone-Sizer Creative Leadership Institute, a Trustee at Wheaton College, and an active hip-hop artist. 


What to Expect

How the Course Works

  • Start off each module watching a quick (1-5 minute) video introducing each module.
  • Dive deeper into the content. Review readings and resources - the key is to self-differentiate. Choose what that works best for you and helps you better understand the content and engage with the lesson. 
  • Post to the discussion board, interact with your classmates if you choose to, and make connections.
  • Take a short assessment at the conclusion of each module to move on and see what you've learned. 
  • A final project, optional for all, a requirement for graduate credit
  • Receive your completion certificate for 30 continuing education hours or 3 graduate-level continuing education credits (+15 additional hours, for additional fee).
  • Runs on the Thinkific platform. 


  • Required Text: Equity By Design
  •  All other materials are linked freely within the modules.

Pricing Options

Our standard and group pricing covers your course registration with Novak Educational Consulting, Inc. only. You may also choose to purchase graduate credits and/or clock hours (for Washington State teachers) at the time of registration. For questions regarding pricing or to request a purchase order, contact us.

Course Certificates & Transcripts

You will receive a completion certificate from Novak Education at the conclusion of the course. Please check in with your school or district to determine if this alone will be sufficient for salary points or advancement. Some states require additional proof of completion such as clock hours, contact hours, or credits. Graduate credits (3 continuing education credits) may be obtained through our university partners. Please check with your school or district to ensure these will satisfy their requirements prior to enrolling. Learn more about our graduate partners: Gordon College and Teachers College of San Joaquin.