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Equity by Design

Understand how to create more equitable learning environment with UDL and Culturally Responsive Practices

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 and reduce opportunity gaps that interfere with students becoming motivated, purposeful, resourceful, and strategic learners.

This course will help you learn how to determine where inequitable outcomes exist in your learning environment and supply you with personalized learning strategies aligned to universally design for learning that are culturally sustaining and linguistically appropriate to help each and every one of our young scholars thrive and excel. 

At a Glance






1-Year of Access









Course Objectives

  • Understand what a socially just educational environment is and is not. 
Be able to start implementing culturally responsive learning strategies in your learning environment through the lens of UDL, to help your learners grow and succeed.
  • Learn how to identify and address opportunity gaps in your learning environment. 
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.
  • A final project, optional for all, a requirement for graduate credit
  • Receive your completion certificate for 10 continuing education hours or 1 graduate-level continuing education credit (as applicable).
  • Runs on the Thinkific platform. 


  •  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.