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UDL for Equity

Equity by Design

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  • Spring: 4/11 - 6/6
  • Fall: 10/1 - 12/3

In this course, we will focus on the connection between UDL and social justice, culturally responsive practices (CRP) , impact over intentions, disproportionality, and integrative comprehensive systems. Discussions will focus on identifying and eliminating systemic barriers that result in systems that don't work for all students, especially those who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Beyond understanding the what and why of UDL for Equity, you'll walk away with actionable strategies and tactics to address inequities in our ever evolving learning environments.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Culturally Responsive Practices
  • Social Justice
  • The UDL Framework
  • Equality and Equity
  • Lesson Design
  • Restorative Justice and Restorative Circles

At a Glance




APRIL 11, 2023 - JUNE 6, 2023


4/13, 5/4, 5/11, 6/1 FROM 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM ET









Course Objectives


Understand what it means to be an expert teacher by incorporating social justice practices, culturally sustaining pedagogies, and trauma-informed practices into universal design.


Learn how to universally design instruction that honors the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse students while resulting in desired academic impact.

Design improvement targets and data sets using UDL best practices to improve your teaching in quantifiable ways.

Course Text

Equity By Design: Delivering on the Power and Promise of UDL


About Your Instructor

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.  Mirko was a keynote speaker at the 2017 UDL for Social Justice Symposium, the 2018 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Leading with Equity & Access Conference, the 2019 California MTSS Professional Learning Institute and was the 2019 opening keynote speaker for the Holyoke & North Andover Public School Districts. He is also a race, diversity and cultural proficiency facilitator & leadership coach for the Aspire Institute at Boston University’s New Wheelock College of Human Development and Education and is a Virtual Module Content Provider and In-Person Technical Assistance Provider for the Dept. of Ed.’s Inclusive Practice Academy.

He is a principal mentor for the Perone-Sizer Creative Leadership Institute, a Trustee at Wheaton College and is an active hip-hop artist, releasing the album “Unhealthy Societies” this past year. Mirko presents both locally and nationally on issues of cultural proficiency, equity and the use of personal narratives. He is also the co-author with Dr. Katie Novak of the newly released “Equity by Design: The Power and Promise of UDL“. He is available to provide workshops, seminars and trainings on implicit bias, microaggressions, UDL, restorative practice, identity, courageous conversations about race, and personal narratives.


What to Expect


  • Eight online learning modules containing videos, resources, and weekly assignments and/or discussions.
  • Four 1 hour synchronous sessions with the instructor and fellow classmates.
  • Direct interaction and feedback from your instructor and the opportunity to build community with your classmates through course discussion boards.
  • Lots of options and choices - UDL is at the foundation of everything we do.
  • Participants 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 (just as students in their class should be given the same respect using the UDL framework). 
  • All assignments can be resubmitted for feedback and grading up until the last day of the course.


  • Recommended to have a 101 knowledge of Universal Design for Learning. Recommendations include professional development sessions, reading an introductory book such as UDL Now! or taking an online course such as UDL Now! Introduction to UDL.

Pricing Options

The fee listed for the course covers your course registration. The price for the course text is not included in the course price.  You may also choose to purchase graduate credits from one of our accredited university partners at the time of registration. NY CTLE hours and Washington Clock hours available. Bulk discounts are available on registration fees for groups of 3 or more. For group pricing or for questions on purchase orders, contact us for details.

Course Certificates & Transcripts

As long as you receive a grade of C or better, you will receive a completion certificate from Novak Education at the conclusion of the course.

Graduate credits (3 continuing education credits) may be obtained through our university partner. Learn more about our graduate partners Teachers College of San Joaquin and Gordon College.

Please check in with your school or district to determine what is required for salary points or advancement. Some states require additional proof of completion such as clock hours, contact hours, or credits.