Where do UDL and SEL overlap and intersect?

As educators, we are tasked with helping our students develop academic, social, emotional and behavioral skills in order to become successful members of our community. As future leaders, our students need to be successful using the 21st Century skills: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity as they navigate and learn to become global citizens. No longer can educators focus just on academics and test scores. They need to know how to support the whole child in the development of social, emotional, behavioral, and academic skills.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is strongly connected to social emotional learning (SEL). Research shows that when we focus on helping students identify and regulate their emotions, understand how to interact in social situations, and persevere when they encounter difficulties or disappointments, they are more likely to excel academically and thrive.

In this course, you will learn practical strategies on how to create a social emotional learning environment and incorporate UDL strategies where your students will become expert learners-emotionally self regulated, engaged, purposeful, motivated, knowledgeable and goal-directed members of the classroom and community.

Course Details

This is a facilitated online course that will run from June 3, 2019 – July 26, 2019. This course will consist of eight modules.

Instructors: Lisa Bosio & Shannon Hess

Cost: $445 for 36 contact hours (3.6 CEUs). Graduate credit (3 credits) may be obtained for this course for an additional $225 through Gordon College.

($20 discount per enrollment available to schools/districts that enroll 3 or more educators. Please contact Lindie Johnson at lindie@novakeducation.com for details.)

All participants who receive a grade of C or better will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course. Those who pay the additional fee to Gordon College will also receive 3 graduate level credits. Contact Lindie Johnson at lindie@novakeducation.com for details and instructions for obtaining graduate credit.

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Course Objectives

Help educators understand how to use principles from different frameworks and programs that work together to educate the whole child

Better understand concepts of both Universal Design for Learning and Social Emotional Learning

Learn how to promote self-awareness and self-efficacy among students and how to build confidence in students of all variability

Course Requirements

This course is offered online through eight weekly modules. Students can complete activities and assignments on their own time but should be mindful of assignment deadlines. 

Students will have the opportunity to communicate with fellow participants and the course instructor through Canvas discussion boards. 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 students must create a Canvas account and login to view modules and assignments.  All assignments must be submitted electronically through Canvas. All assignments can be resubmitted for feedback and grading up until the last day of the course.

Students will be provided with regular feedback and rubrics to help them determine how they will be assessed throughout the course.

About Your Instructors

Lisa Bosio

Lisa Bosio

Lisa Bosio has been a passionate educator for over 18 years with one goal: to equip and empower teachers to invest in and impact the whole child, academically, behaviorally, socially, and emotionally. Lisa has extensive experience as a classroom teacher, master teacher and district instructional coach. Currently, she is a full-time Induction Mentor, supporting and teaching new teachers in the Sylvan Union School District in California. Lisa is also a Consulting Partner with two universities, Western Governors University and Teachers College of San Joaquin in California, and designs coursework focused on the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and social emotional learning.


Shannon Hess

Shannon Hess has a passion for social emotional learning and how it seamlessly integrates with the UDL framework to help students flourish. After receiving a Master’s in Special Education, Shannon has continued to grow both personally and professionally through trainings on teacher and student wellness through organizations such as Challenge Day and Breathe for Change. Recently, Shannon has found a passion for alternative education after many years as a special educator, an instructional coach, and an induction mentor. Shannon is also an Adjunct Professor in a teacher preparatory program at the Teachers College of San Joaquin where, working with new teachers, she has learned many ways to support student learning and improve instruction.


We would love to have you join us! Click below to register and enroll in The Intersection of UDL and SEL with Lisa Bosio and Shannon Hess. 

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