By Katie Novak, Ed.D. and Allison Posey
Sometimes we do things in a certain way simply out of habit. But breaking habits is necessary to advance our teaching practices into an ever-evolving educational landscape. In order to evolve so that we can support every student, we first need to unlearn.
The process of unlearning can be uncomfortable, like getting a new phone with a new platform, or having to retrain yourself not to touch your face but this discomfort is necessary for growth. We must change our mindsets to change the larger system.
Through Unlearning, we explore how implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) requires us to unlearn many outdated beliefs, assumptions, and teaching practices and provide you with the tools to take your practice into the 21st Century.
Praise for Unlearning
This book arrived right when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and couldn't be more timely. As we have to "unlearn" and relearn how we operate, Allison Posey and Katie Novak offer lots of insight into using the Universal Design for Learning framework to transform educational practice.
Written in an easy, fun Malcolm Gladwell style, the authors show how the brain responds to unlearning and relearning, why we hold on to our favorite practices, and why we resist change. Full of great examples and advice.
"Unlearning is the book educators need to start examining their beliefs about learning and teaching in the modern era of education. Allison Posey and Katie Novak, two powerful advocates for progressive education, not only take on system reform but ask us to examine our embedded beliefs of what learning is. They encourage readers to be bold and assertive in examining their assumptions by creating space for self discovery and sharing insights from their own journeys."
Bryan Dean, UDL Innovation Specialist