Innovate Inside the [Virtual] Box

Learn to adopt the Innovator’s Mindset through the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Innovator's Course Bundle

Purchase the Innovator's Mindset and Innovate Inside Virtual the Box courses together and save! 2 courses for $250.

COVID-19 has kept more than a billion students out of the physical classroom, and has required us as practitioners to change practices overnight. As much as it feels like we have to change everything and that we are working outside the box - we are very much still operating “inside the box” where we have to meet district expectations while at home. Although it feels like everything is changing, the “core” of innovative teaching and learning continues to provide a foundation for our own success, and the success of our learners.

This course,Innovate In the [Virtual] Box with UDL, will focus on the four components of the core of innovation as outlined in our book, ​Innovate Inside the Box: Empowering Learners Through UDL and the Innovator's Mindsetand then help to scale the core and the Innovator’s Mindset through the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

This course is designed to provide real-time collaboration with educators from around the world using our book and the UDL framework. In every unit, we will provide a variety of resources to increase options for representation and increase engagement throughout the course. Additionally, there will be numerous options to participate in discussions to ensure that your reflections and connections are relevant, authentic, and meaningful. Take advantage of each other’s brilliance because as George says, “The smartest person in the room, IS the room.Take a short break from your classes every day to connect with like-minded educators and get strategies to implement immediately with students and their families.

At a Glance















Course Objectives


Increase your toolbox of strategies (including "empowered learning") to build relationships with students and their families while providing opportunities for remote learning.


Learn how to use authentic forms of evidence to inform teaching and learning now that (thankfully!) we must look beyond standardized test scores. 


Understand how each of the characteristics of the Innovator’s Mindset can be fostered through implementation of Universal Design for Learning. 

Katie Novak and George Couros - Instructors

About Your Instructors

George Couros is an “Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Consultant”, speaker, as well as the author of “The Innovator’s Mindset” and “Innovate Inside the Box.”  Formerly, George was the Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning with Parkland School Division, located in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada. George has over 20 years of experience as an educator, in a myriad of roles from K-12. He is passionate about distributed leadership and believes that creating a collaborative environment with all stakeholders will help to ensure that we meet the best needs of all children.

Katie Novak, Ed.D. is a practicing educator, author, and former Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts. With more than 19 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.


What to Expect

How the Course Works

  • Start off each module watching a quick (1-5 minute) video introducing each module.
  • Read the chapter that corresponds to each module from Innovate Inside the Box.
  • 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 45 continuing education hours or 3 graduate-level continuing education credits (as applicable).
  • Runs on the Thinkific platform. 



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.