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Meeting the Needs of All with UDL

Dive into the why, what, and how of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in this introductory course. Choose your path: join the synchronous sessions only or take the feedback driven full course.

Embark on a transformative journey in this online course, where we tackle the complexities of supporting students with diverse needs, strengths, and identities in inclusive learning environments. Through the lens of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), teachers and leaders will dive head first into the many facets of UDL and gain the skills to proactively identify and dismantle barriers in lesson design and instruction that prevent all students from reaching rigorous grade level goals.

Discover how to craft dynamic and flexible learning experiences tailored to every learner, whether they require significant support or crave additional challenge. This course serves as a foundational exploration of UDL, equipping educators with practical tools and strategies to kickstart their journey towards creating authentically inclusive learning environments. Join us and unlock the power of UDL to revolutionize your teaching practice and elevate student success.

At a Glance

Format

INSTRUCTOR FACILITATED

Delivery

LIVE SESSIONS ONLY, FULL COURSE, OR FULL COURSE + 3 GRAD CREDITS

Starts

SEPTEMBER 23, 2024

Cost

$200 FOR LIVE SERIES, $495 FOR FULL COURSE, $695 FOR FULL COURSE + 3 GRAD CREDITS

Experience the Course Three Ways

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Live Series

Join the Novak Education team in a 7-part immersive UDL experience. Following each session, learners can review resources, complete self-assessments, and rewatch each session through our online course platform.

With completion, each learner will receive certificate for 8-continuing education hours. 

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Full Course

Join the seven live sessions, take a deep dive into self-differentiated resources, connect with fellow educators, and put your learning into practice as you complete 8 assignments for facilitator feedback on your UDL practice.

Learners who meet completion requirements* will receive a certificate for 45-continuing education hours.

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Graduate Course

Join the seven live sessions, take a deep dive into self-differentiated resources, connect with fellow educators, and put your learning into practice as you complete 8 assignments for facilitator feedback on your UDL practice.

Learners who meet completion requirements* will receive a certificate for 45-continuing education hours and will earn 3 graduate level credits through our University partner.

Featuring

Mirko Chardin
Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer
Matt Bergman, Ed.D.
Principal Education Consultant
Chris Bronke, Ed.D.
Senior Education Consultant
Jeff Horwitz
Education Consultant
K.C. Knudson
Senior Education Consultant

Sessions

All sessions are held on Mondays from 4-5 pm Pacific/7-8 pm Eastern

UDL Overview - Big Picture Ideas

featuring Katie Novak

September 23, 2024

Join us to uncover the three core beliefs of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and dive into its transformative principles. Discover how UDL and differentiated instruction work together within a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) to create  dynamic and inclusive learning environments that help all learners reach their highest potential while working toward rigorous grade level goals.

Connecting UDL, Inclusive Practice & Equitable Access

featuring Mirko Chardin

October 7, 2024:

In this session, we will explore the crucial differences between equality and equity, and why inclusion is essential for improving student outcomes. Learn how true inclusive practices go beyond mere inclusion to foster an environment where every student can thrive.

A Deeper Look at Firm Goals & Construct Relevance

featuring Matt Bergman

October 21, 2024:

Providing voice and choice to learners is the heart of UDL. But not all choice is created equally. Choice must be carefully designed to ensure that students are still working towards grade-level goals. In this session, we will examine two types of goals and learn how to design choices that are construct relevant to ensure students can make meaningfully progress.

The Power of Learner Agency

featuring Jeff Horwitz

November 4, 2024

UDL aims to engage each student, encouraging them to take responsibility for their own learning. This session will explore how to use UDL to boost student motivation and self-direction by offering options and choices that foster learner agency and empower students to take charge of their learning.

Registration & Pricing

Pricing

Live Sessions Only

Individual - $200/person
Groups of 5+ - $175/person
Groups of 25+ - $150/person
Groups of 50+ - $125/person
Groups of 75+ - $100/person

Full Course

Individual - $495/person
Groups of 5+ - $450/person

+$200 pp for 3 graduate credits

For Groups of 5+, complete the contact form our team will then follow up within 1-2 business days to provide an estimate based on your group size. For additional information or if you have questions, contact us. Registration closes September 20th, 2024 or until the course meets capacity.

This course not only gave me the basic concepts of teaching methods and the structure of the educational process, but also inspired me to better understand the needs of students and try to give them a quality education. I think the course was excellent, without unnecessary information. I would like to thank the developers of the course!

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I loved the ability to watch at a later date, as my schedule didn't allow me to tune in live. I also appreciated hearing from different presenters as a way to get different perspectives. November is usually one of the hardest times of the year teaching (kids are ready for a break, adults are exhausted, the weather is turning, etc.), and this series has kept me excited about trying something new at work. It's also helped me to conceptualize a better way to reach my ELL students and my students with IEPs. 

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The various resources (in a variety of digital formats) were very helpful. I also appreciate the ability to go back and watch the sessions the next day.

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I was able to access a wealth of resources, engage and connect with a community of learners. I learned at my own pace which was extremely convenient for me and there was enough practical examples and case studies that will help me apply UDL principals in my career as a teacher.

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What to Expect

Full or Graduate Course

  • Eight online learning modules containing videos, resources, and weekly assignments and/or discussions.
  • 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.
  • Runs on Novak's version of Canvas LMS. 

Live Sessions Only

  • Join the live session. 
  • Dive deeper into the content through the course platform. 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.
  • Complete the self-assessment in each module to earn your course certificate for 8 continuing education hours. 
  • Runs on the Thinkific platform. 

Pricing Options

The fee listed above covers your course registration with Novak Educational Consulting, Inc. only. You may also choose to purchase graduate credits or clock hours (for Washington State teachers). 

Course Certificates & Transcripts

You will receive a completion certificate from Novak Education at the conclusion of the course (*Please note, for facilitated courses this only applies to students who receive a grade of C or better). 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. Three graduate-level credits may be obtained for an additional $200 at the time of registration (Gordon College). Please check with your school or district to ensure these will satisfy their requirements prior to enrolling. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Have Question? We are here to help.

What do you offer for certification/options to meet educator professional learning requirements

We are focused on helping educators take their learning to the next step. We offer options for graduate credits, continuing education hours, CTLE (NY), Clock Hours (WA). When scheduling professional learning services, we will discuss what works best for meeting the needs of your educators. 

Can I receive accredited graduate credits for the course?

Absolutely! You can add on graduate credits during the registration process if you are taking the full course. Learn more about our graduate partner. 

Do you accept POs?

Yes, if you would like to pay via PO, please email educataion@novakeducation.com to request an invoice. Please make sure to reference the course you have registered for (full course or live sessions only). Payments or POs are due before first dates of class.  

What happens after I register my team?

Once you have reviewed and approved the estimate (and have provided a PO if applicable), Novak Education will then supply you with instructions on how your individual team members can access the series.

Prior to the first session, your team will be invited to individually log in to the series portal. The online platform is where learners will be able to access all materials and resources shared within each session, can re-watch recordings, can join a community discussion to engage with fellow educators, and take time to self-access each session's learnings or do the course assignments, depending on if they are taking the full or graduate-level course or just experiencing the live series. 

What happens after I register as an individual?

When the learning series opens in September, you will receive an email to log in to the course platform (Thinkific for live series only and Canvas for the full or graduate course) so that you can review the opening module ahead of the first session on September 23rd. The online platform is where learners will be able to access all materials and resources shared within each session, can re-watch recordings, can join a community discussion to engage with fellow educators, and take time to self-access each session's learnings or complete the module assignment, if pursuing the full or graduate course. 

How do I access my course?

The full course and graduate level courses are facilitated through the Novak Education instance of Instructure Canvas, located at novakeducation.instructure.com. Note, if you have a Free-for-Teacher or Canvas account with another organization, you will still need to create new login credentials with Novak. Within the week before the course, you will receive an invitation to join the course from Novak Education. If you have not received your email or if you are having trouble accessing you course, email education@novakeducation.com and we will email you a link to access the course.

If you are taking the live sessions only, you will access your course through Thinkific. 

Are you a CTLE approved sponsor?

Yes, we are a CTLE-approved sponsor! Once you complete the course, email this form with section 1 completed to education@novakeducation.com. Upon receipt and confirmation of course completion, you will receive a completed form for your records within 1-3 business days. 

Do you offer Washington Clock Hours?

Yes! We offer clock hours through a partnership with ESD 112. There is an additional standard fee of $3/credit that is paid directly through PDEnroller. More details on how to submit the course for clock hours can be found under the clock hours section of the course welcome module.

How do I enroll my group?

Complete the contact form, our team will then follow up within 1-2 business days to provide an estimate based on your group size.

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.