Take the plunge into universally designed leadership

Implementing new systems and initiatives can make you and your staff feel like fish out of water. Taking the plunge into universally designed leadership can help both your educators and students feel more supported and experience deeper learning. 

As an educational leader, you aspire to build great systems, schools, and classrooms – but there is a constant, shifting landscape of barriers that must be addressed. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is one model that addresses those barriers and provides options for effective and inclusive educational platforms.

This course builds off of the proven practice of UDL and through a universally designed leadership model prepares educational leaders to apply successful leadership practices in 21st Century schools.

This course is competency based and designed using the principles of UDL. Students participating in this course will be able to focus their learning specifically on areas they need to strengthen and will be guided, encouraged, and empowered to develop individualized strategies for effective leadership in education.

Course Details

This is a facilitated online course that will run from July 1, 2019 – August 31, 2019. This course will consist of eight modules.

Instructor: Dr. Kristan Rodriguez

Cost: $445 for 36 contact hours.

  • Graduate credit (3 credits) may be obtained for this course for an additional $225 through Gordon College.

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

Establish a solid understanding of Universal Design for Learning through exploration, application, and discussion.

Practice and apply UDL to enhance leadership skills to increase staff and student success.

Help educational leaders learn why UDL is important, what groundwork needs to be done to lay the foundation, and how to start to build the system.

Course Requirements

This course is offered online through eight weekly modules. Students can complete activities and assignments on their own time within the course timeframe and assignments will be assessed and graded on a rolling basis as they are submitted. Participants will also be given the opportunity to revise and improve upon their work after receiving feedback. 

Students will have the opportunity to communicate with fellow participants and the course instructor through Canvas discussion boards.

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 Instructor

Dr Kristan Rodriguez

Dr. Kristan Rodriguez

Dr. Kristan Rodriguez is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for the Rodriguez Educational Consulting Agency and a strategic partner at Novak Educational Consulting. Dr. Rodriguez specializes in the application of Universal Design for Learning in the field of educational leadership and is co-author of Universally Designed Leadership, the premier title for implementing UDL in systems and schools.

Dr. Rodriguez has served as a Superintendent of Schools, along with other district leadership positions in the field of curriculum and instruction, including experience as an Assistant Superintendent, Director of Curriculum, Curriculum Coordinator, Principal and Assistant Principal. Dr. Rodriguez is an adjunct professor in the field of educational leadership, recently being promoted to Senior Instructor status at Cambridge College. Kristan holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Boston College, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Gordon College and a B.S. in Secondary English Education from Boston University.


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