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Empowering Educators with UDL: A Coaching Institute

Transform your educational leadership with universally designed coaching. Gain the tools, strategies, and coaching techniques to foster collaboration, innovation, and a growth mindset among staff, ensuring sustainable implementation of Universal Design for Learning and maximizing student success.

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How This Institute Works

Choose to enroll as an individual, or as a team of 3-5 people. Spend the year diving deeply into practices that support UDL implementation in sustainable ways. 

Teams must submit all projects as a group whereas individuals will submit work independently.

An example team may include 5 instructional coaches from across a district -or- a building leader, 3 department heads, and an instructional coaches from a single building. You get to choose how to construct your team and you will work collaboratively on all assignments!

In today's diverse and inclusive educational landscape, effective UDL implementation is more critical than ever. This institute is designed to help individuals and teams who are committed to implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) across their learning environments in a comprehensive and sustainable way. This institute equips leaders and coaches with the tools, strategies, and mindset necessary to support transformative change. Teams and individuals will develop transformational coaching techniques, empowering them to support teachers and their peers in integrating UDL effectively, all while drawing on UDL best practices and data-focused coaching strategies.

The year-long approach is designed to ensure that teams and individuals have an opportunity to learn and engage with the materials while putting their learning into practice and execution. Participants will learn how to cultivate a culture of collaboration, experimentation, and innovation, along with fostering a growth mindset among staff to ensure a shared vision and implementation of UDL. 

Gain the tools to inspire, motivate, and empower your teachers to improve the outcomes of your amazingly diverse learners! 

At a Glance






SEPTEMBER 9, 2024- MAY 5, 2025




Develop Transformational Coaching Skills Understand best practices for coaching educators in integrating UDL and inclusive practices in sustainable ways. 
Support Sustainable UDL Implementation
Learn how to cultivate a supportive learning environment for educators where they feel safe to challenge mindsets, take risks, and learn through reflection.
Focus on Outcomes to Drive Improvement
Practice data-driven coaching strategies for continuous improvement.
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Synchronous sessions will be held monthly from 10:00 am PT to 11:30 am PT. If you cannot attend a live session, the recordings will be shared after each session. 

2024-2025 Dates

  • September 9, 2024
  • October 8, 2024
  • November 4, 2024
  • December 2, 2024
  • January 13, 2025
  • February 10, 2025
  • March 10, 2025
  • April 7, 2025
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About Your Instructor

Lisa Bosio

Lisa Bosio has been a passionate educator for over 20 years with one goal: to equip and empower teachers to invest in and impact the whole child. Lisa has extensive experience as a classroom teacher, master teacher, district instructional coach, and induction mentor. Lisa has also been a consulting partner with two universities, Western Governors University and Teachers College of San Joaquin in California, and designs coursework and content focused on the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and social emotional learning. 


What to Expect

About the Institute

  • Eight online learning modules containing videos, resources, and monthly assignments and/or discussions.
  • Eight 90-minute synchronous sessions with the instructor, Lisa Bosio, and fellow classmates. It is recommended to attend live, but not required. All recordings will be shared after each session within the Institute's platform.
  • 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

  • All 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 your group team receives 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. Prior to registering for graduate level professional development credits, please seek approval for salary advancement with your school or district.

Engagement and active participation are paramount for students seeking graduate credit in this course. Beyond attendance and regularly logging into the course platform to explore resources, consistent involvement in discussions, assignments, and collaborative activities fosters deep learning and application of concepts. Active participation not only enhances individual understanding but also enriches the collective learning experience, contributing to a vibrant academic community. Therefore, a commitment to sustained engagement throughout the duration of the course is essential for achieving the rigorous standards expected at the graduate level.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I access my course?

Institutes 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. All links to live sessions will be included in the course modules.

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.

Do you accept POs?

Yes, if you would like to pay via PO, please register and select the option to "Skip online payment to pay later or pay offline" and email lon@novakeducation.com to request an invoice. Please make sure to reference the course you have registered for. Payments or POs are due before first dates of class.  

What is the difference between a facilitated and a flex-paced course?

A facilitated course is an instructor-led course or institute that takes place with a core group of students over a set period of time. Each week students will complete an assignment and/or participate in a discussion. Students will receive feedback along the way from the subject matter expert facilitator on how to improve the practical application of their learning. Additionally, students will engage with other students in the course - offering the opportunity to connect with varying levels of educators from around the world. 

With a flex-paced course, there is no strict schedule or timeline to follow. You can take the course as quickly or as leisurely as you like based on your schedule. All of the course materials are available at your fingertips from the time of purchase. In order to receive a certificate for the course, you need to complete the course within one year from the time of registration. 
What is a Virtual Institute?

The Virtual Institutes are an option for individuals or teams to enroll in a year-long intensive learning course focused on how to implement inclusive practices. Each institute consists of eight 1-hr webinars and is accompanied by opportunities to engage with fellow educators who also attend the series. You will be expected to complete 5-6 hours of work per month as an individual or team. 

Learn more about the programs here: UDL Learning Institute | MTSS Institute  | Institute for Equity Leadership | Coaching UDL

Do you offer options for our team to facilitate one of your courses?

Indeed! You can run a Novak Education course in your school or district with an in-house facilitator to build your internal capacity. We will provide everything you need to load the course into your own Canvas instance or your Free-for-Teacher account, or give you the content to build the course in a different LMS. Contact lindie@novakeducation.com for pricing and to learn more. 

I am interested in one of your courses, but it doesn't look like there are any open enrollments for the course at this time.

If you are interested in scheduling a course with your group, you can contact us to schedule a 45-hour facilitated online course. Each course is universally designed and instructed by one of our team experts. Each section can accommodate up to 25 educators. Please reach out to lindie@novakeducation to get started. 

If you do not have a group for the course - be sure to check out our open enrollment options for facilitated courses or our selection of self-directed courses that are open year-round. 

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 graduate credits for the course?

Absolutely! You can add on graduate credits during the registration process. If you have already enrolled and would like to add on credits, please contact us.

Are the graduate credits accredited?

Indeed! You will have the option to receive your transcript from our university partners. Learn more about our university partners and their corresponding transcript process: 

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.

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.