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Leading Amazing Schools

Building leadership teams can join this institute and learn how to dismantle barriers, empower learners, and build a thriving environment for ALL Students


How This Institute Works

An opportunity for building leadership teams (of up to 7 people) to collaborate as they take practical steps toward achieving equity and inclusion.

An Example Team Includes:

  • School Principal (Required)
  • Assistant Principal(s)
  • Other Administrators and/or Individuals who Supervise and Evaluate

Creating and leading amazing schools where all students can thrive and reach their fullest potential demands a proactive approach, emphasizing the willingness and courage to prioritize adaptive elements in our efforts.  This commitment goes beyond being merely a moral imperative; it stands as the cornerstone of excellence in education. We recognize that fostering inclusive environments is fundamental to providing a foundation where all learners can succeed and contribute meaningfully to society.

By intentionally cultivating flexible and personalized learning settings, we dismantle systemic barriers to success, fostering an environment that promotes student motivation, engagement, and the development of crucial lifelong learning skills. This serves as the bedrock for nurturing a generation of empathetic, resilient, and adaptable individuals poised to navigate an ever-evolving world.

As a leader, your vision, work, and influence play a pivotal role. Building capacity within, motivating, and holding staff accountable by driving both courageous and positive change to benefit learners necessitates visionary and courageous leadership, effective communication, and an unwavering commitment to continuous improvement. It involves both leading by example as well as creating a culture of shared purpose where every team member feels empowered to contribute to the collective goal of achieving educational excellence.

This institute is dedicated to guiding you through the intricate landscape of effective change leadership, empowering you to identify, scrutinize, and navigate the reflective and strategic realms essential for fostering impactful change in your practice and school.

Reserve your spot by 7/15 and save $100. Enter EARLYBIRD at checkout. 

At a Glance












$3,000 PER TEAM




Embody visionary leadership that emphasizes emotional intelligence and strategic decision-making to drive positive change in education.
Master and apply effective communication, engagement, and planning strategies, focusing on dismantling barriers to create inclusive educational environments where all students experience success.
Foster collaborative leadership and shared responsibility, leveraging collective insights to building amazing schools where all students thrive.
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Synchronous sessions will be held monthly from 12:00 pm ET to 2:00 pm ET. If you cannot attend a live session, the recordings will be shared after each session. 

2024-2025 Dates

  • September 5, 2024
  • October 3, 2024
  • November 4, 2024
  • December 2, 2024
  • January 13, 2025
  • February 10, 2025
  • March 10, 2025
  • April 14, 2025

About Your Instructor

Mirko Chardin

Mirko Chardin is Novak Education's Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer and co-author of the best-selling book, Equity By Design. Before joining Novak Education, he was 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 revolve around culturally connected teaching and learning, recruiting and retaining educators of color, restorative practice, and school culture.  


What to Expect

About the Institute

  • Eight online learning modules containing videos, resources, and monthly assignments and/or discussions.
  • Eight 2-hour synchronous sessions with the instructor, Mirko Chardin, and fellow classmates.
  • Direct interaction and feedback from your instructor and the opportunity to build community with your classmates through the discussion boards and synchronous sessions.
  • Teams will be expected to collaborate on projects - only one project per team will be reviewed and graded. Teams will be expected to pass in work by the due date, but will also be given the opportunity to revise and improve upon their work.
  • Lots of options and choices - UDL is at the foundation of everything we do.
  • All assignments can be resubmitted for feedback and grading up until the last day of the institute .
  • The institute is hosted in Canvas.

Required Texts

  • Equity by Design: The Power & Promise of UDL by Katie Novak and Mirko Chardin
  • Healing through a Culture of Universally Designed Restorative Practices by Mirko Chardin, Pam Chu-Sheriff & Edgar Vasquez (releases September 2024)
  • All other materials used throughout the institute are freely available within each module.

Pricing Options

The fee listed above covers institute registration for your team with Novak Educational Consulting, Inc. only. Individuals on teams may also choose to purchase graduate level professional development credits or clock hours (for Washington State teachers) at the time of registration. Please contact us for details.

Certificates & Transcripts

If you receive a grade of C or better, you will receive a completion certificate from Novak Education at the conclusion of the institute . 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 level professional development credits (3) may be obtained for an additional $200 at the time of registration (University of Massachusetts Global or Teachers College of San Joaquin). Prior to registering for graduate level professional development credits, please seek approval for salary advancement with your school or district.

We strive to run this program for all registrants. However, in the unlikely event of low enrollment, we reserve the right to cancel. In that case, we will offer you a comparable learning experience or a full refund.