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UDL for Equity

Equity by Design

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






10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/29 AT 6PM 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


Pamela Chu-Sheriff

Pamela Chu-Sheriff has been a teacher and leader in urban education for nearly 20 years. She firmly believes in the power of student voice and in the importance of making authentic connections between students’ lives and their learning. Pam has extensive training and experience in Tier 1, 2, and 3 restorative practices and is also a strong proponent of racial justice and equity work. She has a Learning Designed Level 1 and Level 2 credential in UDL.

Pam was one of the founding administrators of a middle school in Cambridge, MA, that serves predominantly low-income students and students of color from families representing over 25 languages. The school hosted learning tours for district and school administrators from across the state, including the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and across the country. One of Pam’s greatest sources of pride was hearing from students that they could be themselves or see themselves reflected at the school.

Prior to her time in Cambridge, Pam worked at a pilot school in the Boston Public Schools. She served as a school leader and an English and Humanities teacher at the middle and high school levels. She is also a trained International Baccalaureate teacher for both the Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme.

The proud daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Pam has been involved in grassroots activism with the Asian American community in Boston for 20 years. She has provided anti-racism workshops for non-profit organizations and universities and was also a board member of the Asian American Resource Workshop.

Pam holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Pam enjoys all things food-related and spending time with her husband and baby daughter.


Mirko Chardin

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.


Looking for a self-paced course? Explore Equity By Design.