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UDL Playbook

For School and District Leaders

In this self-directed course, UDL Playbook for School and District Leaders, Katie Novak and Michael Woodlock lay out a step-by-step process to remake your leadership skills and methods through the inclusive principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Creating multi-tiered systems of support, delivering effective and inspiring feedback, embedding the UDL principles throughout your culture and curriculum—these are just some of the topics covered by two veteran leaders. This course is modeled off of the book and will provide additional resources, tools, learnings, and options for self-assessment to help you put theory into practice.

Topics covered include:

  • Preparing to be an expert learner
  • The executive function of leadership
  • Creating a UDL foundation
  • Modeling UDL in professional learning
  • Educator Evaluation to Improve Teacher Efficacy
  • Staffing
  • Curriculum
  • Scheduling
  • Supporting MTTS

At a Glance

TYPE

ASYNCHRONOUS

INSTRUCTOR

KATIE NOVAK & MICHAEL WOODLOCK

TIMELINE

SELF-DIRECTED

HOURS

30 CONTINUING ED HRS

REQUIRED TEXT

UDL PLAYBOOK

COST

$100 (GROUP PRICING AVAILABLE)

ADDITIONAL

OPTION TO RECEIVE 3 CONT ED GRAD CREDITS  + 15 ADDITIONAL CONTINUING ED HOURS WITH FINAL PROJECT

Course Objectives

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Learn how to become a more effective leader by implementing the practices of UDL throughout your leadership practice.
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Explore how to build teacher efficacy through evaluation and feedback.
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Consider how to create schedules that support UDL implementation.

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About Your Instructors

Katie Novak, Ed.D., is an internationally renowned education consultant, an author, professor at UPenn, and a former Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts. Dr. Novak has more than 19 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and is the author of 10 published books, including the best-selling education books, UDL Now! and Equity By Design with Mirko Chardin.

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Mike Woodlock is an innovative administrator, consultant, and graduate instructor who embraces change.  As an acting Assistant Superintendent in Tyngsborough, MA, a former principal, and with 25+ years of experience in education, Woodlock has the unique experience of being hired as a high school principal in a district where he was immediately tasked with implementing a strategic plan that required a complete transformation of the education system through the lens of UDL. Having lived with the barriers that come with the implementation of UDL, he offers concrete insights about how to increase staff engagement, transition staffing and schedules, and implement innovative pilot programs by creating conditions of nurture for all staff while also improving school culture and community. Woodlock has worked with administrators across the country, supporting the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support, inclusive practice, and UDL. 

 

What to Expect

How the Course Works

  • Start off each module by watching a quick (3-8 minute) video introducing each module.
  • Dive deeper into the content. Review readings and resources - the key is to self-differentiate. Choose what works best for you and helps you better understand the content and engage with the lesson. 
  • Complete the self-assessment in each module. These are opportunities to reflect on what you already know or have learned.
  • As you move through the course, we encourage you to take part in the course community discussion board. It offers an opportunity to reflect on your learnings and interact and engage with other posts from fellow educators around the world.
  • Upon course completion, receive your completion certificate for 30 continuing education hours.
  • For those who are taking the course for graduate credit (for professional learning),  you will complete a final project. Upon successful completion, you will receive an additional certificate for 15 continuing education hours and a transcript from the college of your choice for 3 continuing education graduate credits.
  • Course and Final Project Runs on the Thinkific platform.

Pricing Options

The fee listed above covers your course registration with Novak Education. The text, UDL Playbook, is not included in the registration fee and will need to be purchased independently. You may choose to purchase graduate credits (for professional learning) or clock hours (for Washington State teachers). Group discounts available, contact us for details. 

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. Continuing education graduate credits (3) may be obtained through our university partners. Prior to registering for professional development credits, please seek approval for salary advancement with your school or district. Learn more about our graduate partners: Gordon College and Teachers College of San Joaquin.