A Playbook for Helping Your Child Succeed in School and in Life

By Katie Novak, EdD

Parents want their kids to be successful. Teachers do, too. And we can all use all the help we can get. In this insightful book, master teacher and mother of four Katie Novak, EdD, reveals the most effective strategies for supporting all kids in becoming successful, lifelong learners.

In this upbeat and cleverly illustrated book, Novak—author of the bestseller UDL Now! A Teacher’s Monday Morning Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms—gives parents clear guidance for how best to work with their children and their children’s teachers.

Novak introduces the research-based framework of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and shares tips and tools for using UDL principles to unlock the doors to academic success.

Let Them Thrive is available now in paperback and ebook formats wherever books are sold!

You can read more about this title or place an order on our Let Them Thrive webpage.

Praise for Let Them Thrive:

“Universal design for learning (UDL) is an elegant framework for addressing the quite natural differences among learners in curriculum design. In this highly readable book, Katie Novak lays out UDL principles and practices in a plainspoken and useful way, showing how inclusive education really works in the classroom and at home.”
David Flink, Cofounder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Eye to Eye National, and author of Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities

“While Universal Design for Learning has changed how many educators think about teaching students with disabilities, Let Them Thrive brings UDL’s inclusive message to a broader, general-education audience. This is a very useful tool for helping parents understand UDL and explain it to educators, administrators and policymakers.”
Ricki Sabia, parent advocate and Founder, National UDL Task Force

“In an engaging and conversational voice, Novak shares valuable tips about how parents can become informed partners in the effort to improve education for all learners, especially those with disabilities. She offers specific classroom-based examples of how teachers can customize their lessons to meet individual students’ needs. Throughout the book, she makes the case for why parents and caregivers are so important to this process.”
Paula F. Goldberg, Executive Director and Co-Founder, PACER Center

About the Author:

A headshot of author Katie NovakKatie Novak is the Assistant Superintendent of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in Massachusetts and a leading expert on Universal Design for Learning implementation. With 13 years of experience in teaching and administration and an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, Novak designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on implementation of UDL.

She is the author of three other books: UDL Now!, Universally Designed Leadership (with Kristan Rodriguez), and UDL in the Cloud (with Tom Thibodeau).

You can find her online at katienovakudl.com and on Twitter at @KatieNovakUDL.