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Back to School with UDL

Start your year off right in this week-long summer course designed to set you up for success with UDL for this coming school year and beyond.

Start your year off designing lessons using best practices of Universal Design for Learning! Attend this weeklong intensive course and learn how to start your year off keeping student variability and barriers to learning top of mind.  
This won't be your normal, run-of-the-mill online course. This is a blended-learning course with both synchronous and asynchronous components. Throughout each of the synchronous sessions, Katie Novak will break down the ABCs of UDL while our resident DJ, DJ Swiff, will bring down the house!  
Throughout the course we will focus on:
  • Ways to integrate UDL, SEL, and behavioral expectations into classroom management plans you co-create with your learners
  • Designing learning experiences aligned to goals that engage learners by giving them voice and choice
  • Universally designing your welcome letters to families and communities to ensure two-way engagement all year long
  • Giving back-to-school night and parent/teacher conferences a UDL make-over
  • Creating a vision board to drive an amazing year focused on balance and flexibility


Start fresh this school year! Join us at the link below.

At a Glance






AUGUST 16-20









Course Objectives


Learn ways to integrate UDL, SEL, and behavioral expectations into your classroom management plans you co-create with your learners.


Learn how to universally design instruction and experiences in partnership with your leaners and their guardians. 

Create tools that will set you up for success in the upcoming school year and beyond.

About Your Instructor

Katie Novak, Ed.D., is an internationally renowned education consultant, author, professor at UPenn, and a former Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts. With 19 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and eight published books, Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on the implementation of inclusive practices, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), multi-tiered systems of support, and universally designed leadership. Novak’s work has impacted educators worldwide as her contributions and collaborations have built upon the foundation for an educational framework that is critical for student success.

Dr. Novak is the author of the best-selling books, UDL Now! and Equity By Design.  Her book, Innovate Inside the Box, with George Couros, explores how to create innovative and purposeful learning opportunities for students within the constraints of educational systems. Let Them Thrive was endorsed by the PACER Foundation. Two additional publications, of which she is a co-author, have been endorsed by leading professors in the field of education and state departments of education. UDL in the Cloud was endorsed by the Executive Director of The Initiative on Learning and Teaching at MIT while Mitchell Chester, the late Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), endorsed Universally Designed Leadership.

Novak’s work has been highlighted in many publications including Edutopia, Language Magazine, NAESP Principal, ADDitude Magazine, Commonwealth Magazine, The Inclusion Lab, Think Inclusive, School news, the Huffington Post, Principal Leadership, District Administrator, ASCD Education Update, and School Administrator.


What to Expect


  • Four online learning modules containing videos, resources, and daily assignments and/or discussions.
  • Three 3 hour synchronous sessions with the instructor and fellow classmates. Each session will be live for students to join daily from Monday-Wednesday 6PM-9PM EST/3PM-6 PM PST. For students who cannot attend the live sessions, a recording will be shared following each session.
  • 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.

Pricing Options

The fee listed for the course covers your course registration. NY CTLE hours and Washington Clock hours available. 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 for 15 continuing education hours from Novak Education at the conclusion of the course.

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.


Not applicable.