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Let Them Thrive

A Playbook for Helping Your Child Succeed in School and Life

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By Katie Novak, Ed.D.

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Every learner is as unique as his or her fingerprints. But one-size-fits-all schooling doesn’t account for those variations. In this highly readable book, bestselling author, educator, and parent Katie Novak provides parents with a practical understanding of how education works – and how it can work better – for their children. In Let Them Thrive, Novak introduces the research-based framework Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Parents learn the origins of UDL in the learning sciences and in practice. (UDL is prominent in the federal Every Student Succeed Act). They also learn strategies, tips, and tools to support their children’s learning in school and in life. 

Praise for Let Them Thrive

“Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an elegant framework for addressing the quite natural differences among learners in curriculum design. In this highly readable book, Katie Novak lays out UDL principles and practices in a plainspoken and useful way, showing how inclusive education really works in the classroom and at home.”

David Flink, Cofounder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Eye to Eye National, and author of Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities

As a parent with a child getting ready to start to school, I’m really glad I picked up a copy of this. I had no idea how much education has changed, and I am happy to know there are ways teachers can better engage students. In today’s world where our kids are so distracted by technology, it’s hard to see how traditional lecturing can hold a child’s attention and get them excited and motivated to learn. It seems like UDL is a solution to that and I will be integrating many of Katie Novak’s suggestions into our home. Definitely recommend this book to other parents of school-aged children!

Amazon Review

“In an engaging and conversational voice, Novak shares valuable tips about how parents can become informed partners in the effort to improve education for all learners, especially those with disabilities.  She offers specific classroom-based examples of how teachers can customize their lessons to meet individual students’ needs. Throughout the book, she makes the case for why parents and caregivers are so important to this process.”

Paula F. Goldberg, Executive Director and Co-Founder, PACER Center

While Universal Design for Learning has changed how many educators think about teaching students with disabilities, Let Them Thrive brings UDL’s inclusive message to a broader, general-education audience. This is a very useful tool for helping parents understand UDL and explain it to educators, administrators and policymakers.”

Ricki Sabia, parent advocate and Founder, National UDL Task Force