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Universally Designing PLCs

Learn to Maximize PLC’s to Build the Capacity of Educators

Professional learning communities (PLCs) help educators build community with one another, work towards shared goals, and problem solve with each other when challenges arise.

PLCs, using the principles of UDL as the foundation, have the potential to increase expert teaching and learning. By optimizing expert learning and focusing on eliminating the barriers that prevent all students from learning, groups of educators can foster their own growth and continuous improvement.

The UDL PLC structure promotes a continued professional learning opportunity for teachers to plan standards-based units of instruction, incorporate student engagement and choice, discuss applied practices, review student work/data, and offer each other feedback.  Even the most experienced teachers can sometimes struggle with universally designing learning experiences which is why the PLC structure can optimize community and a shared responsibility for implementing the UDL framework.

At a Glance















Course Objectives

Participants will explore the foundation of universally designed PLCs as well as characteristics that make them effective, collaborative, & results-oriented in any environment.

Participants will connect to the UDL framework at a deeper level, including an emphasis on becoming an expert learner in the context of the PLC.


Participants will use indicator rubrics and continuums to monitor implementation and reflection of a UDL PLC and learn to gather evidence as data.

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About Your Instructor

Magdalena Ganias, Ed.D. is a passionate educator, leader, and advocate for creating flexible and nurturing learning environments for both students and teachers. She currently serves as the Manager of Curriculum & Professional Learning K-12 for the Worcester Public Schools in Worcester, Massachusetts but also has worked as a classroom teacher in various urban districts, department head, and school-based administrator.  In her current role, Dr. Ganias supports instructional coaches with implementing best practices for leading teachers district-wide, heads the Advanced Placement program, guides curriculum liaisons, and facilitates universally designed professional learning sessions.



What to Expect

How the Course Works

  • Start off each module watching a short (1-5 minute) video introducing each module.
  • Dive deeper into the content. Review readings and resources - the key is to self-differentiate. Choose what that works best for you and helps you better understand the content and engage with the lesson. 
  • Post to the discussion board, interact with your classmates if you choose to, and make connections.
  • Take time to self-assess at the completion of each module and to review your learnings and how you will take them into your practice. 
  • At the completion of the course, you will receive a completion certificate for 10 hours. 
  • A final project is requireed for graduate credit. For those enrolled, once a final project is submitted, feedback will be provided by the course instructor. With successful completion, you will receive a completion certificate for 5 hours and  1 graduate-level continuing education credit.
  • Runs on the Thinkific platform. 


  • All required materials are linked freely throughout the course modules

Pricing Options

Our standard and group pricing covers your course registration with Novak Educational Consulting, Inc. only. You may also choose to purchase graduate credits and/or clock hours (for Washington State teachers) at the time of registration. For questions regarding pricing or to request a purchase order, contact us.

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. Graduate credits (1 continuing education credit) may be obtained through our university partners. Please check with your school or district to ensure these will satisfy their requirements prior to enrolling. Learn more about our graduate partners:  University of Massachusetts Global and Teachers College of San Joaquin.