Books and Media

Universal Design for Learning
Theory and Practice

Book, Universal Design for Learning: Theory and PracticeAnne Meyer, David H. Rose, & David Gordon
$59.99, Paperbound

Anne Meyer and David Rose, who first laid out the principles of UDL in the ‘90s, provide an ambitious, engaging discussion of new research and best practices. This book gives the UDL field an essential and authoritative learning resource for the coming years.

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In the 1990s, Anne Meyer, David Rose, and their colleagues at CAST introduced Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a framework to improve teaching and learning in the digital age, sparking an international reform movement.Now Meyer and Rose return with Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice, an up-to-date multimedia online book (with print and e-book options) that leverages more than a decade of research and implementation.This is the first significant new statement on UDL since 2002, an ambitious, engaging exploration of ideas and best practices that provides the growing UDL field with an essential and authoritative learning resource for the coming years.This new work includes contributions from CAST’s research and implementation teams as well as from many of CAST’s collaborators in schools, universities, and research settings.Readers are invited to contribute ideas, perspectives, and examples from their own practice in an online community of practice.

Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice includes:

  • New insights from research on learner differences and how human variability plays out in learning environments
  • Research-based discussions of what it means to become expert at learning
  • First-hand examples of how to design and implement UDL at all levels and across subjects using the UDL Guidelines
  • “Dig Deeper” segments that enrich the main content
  • Dozens of original videos and illustrations
  • A blended multimedia presentation with interactive activities and tools to save and share notes
  • Opportunities to connect with other educators to share ideas and best practices

Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology
A Comprehensive Guide to Assistive Technology Services

Book, Quality Indicators for Assistive TechnologyGayl Bowser, Diana Foster Carl, Kelly S. Fonner, Terry Vernon Foss, Jane Edgar Korsten, Kathleen M. Lalk, Joan Breslin Larson, Scott Marfilius, Susan R. McCloskey, Penny R. Reed, Joy Smiley Zabala
$49.99, paperbound or clothbound

“The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology fill a tremendous need in the education field for clear, practical standards to guide AT choices and implementation. Anyone interested in AT services will want to have this powerful, professional, and family-friendly resource.”  – Kursten Dubbels, Assistive Technology Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

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Work on the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) began in the summer of 1998 when a group of assistive technology (AT) service providers shared their concerns about the complexity of selecting, locating, and delivering AT and AT services in K-12 and postsecondary environments. They agreed on the need for professional guidelines to improve the quality and consistency of AT delivery.Since then the QIAT Leadership Team has gathered input from more than 4,000 individuals ranging from students and families to school staff, policy makers and higher education faculty. After many drafts and revisions informed by the field, the result is the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology: A Comprehensive Guide to Assistive Technology Services.

This book will prove indispensable for:

  • school districts as they strive to develop and provide quality assistive technology services aligned to federal, state and local mandates
  • assistive technology service providers as they evaluate and constantly improve their services
  • consumers of assistive technology services as they seek appropriate assistive technology services which meet their needs
  • universities and professional developers as they conduct research and deliver programs that promote the development of the competencies needed to provide quality assistive technology services
  • policy makers as they attempt to develop judicious and equitable policies related to assistive technology services.

Filled with information and supports such as self-evaluation matrices, suggested activities, checklists and other helpful tools, Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology is a clearly written and well-organized resource for those who seek to ensure that quality AT services are provided. The QIAT Leadership Team is a group of 11 educators and assistive technology experts from across the United States who together lead a national grassroots community committed to improving the quality of AT and AT services. For more information, visit www.qiat.org.

UDL Now!
A Teacher’s Monday-Morning Guide to Implementing Common Core Standards Using Universal Design for Learnng

Book, UDL Now! A teacher's Monday morning guide to implementing common core standards using Universal Design for LearningKatie Novak
$29.99, paperbound

UDL is a curriculum-design process that saves you time over the long haul and frees you to make your teaching practice more effective while honoring your individual approach.”  – from UDL Now! by Katie Novak

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Master teacher Katie Novak offers practical insights and savvy strategies for turning UDL principles into action. UDL Now! is a fun and effective Monday morning playbook for great teaching.
Chapters include:

  • The UDL Guidelines: A Checklist You Can’t Live Without
  • Recruiting and Engaging Students
  • Two Types of Learning Standards and UDL Implementation
  • Choice Assignments: Expressing Knowledge in Endless Ways
  • Scaffolding: Setting the Bar High and Raising Students to It
  • The Best Ways to Teach Vocabulary
  • Using Student Feedback to Inform Instruction
  • Assessments, the UDL Way

UDL In The Cloud
How to Design and Deliver Online Education Using Universal Design for Learning

Book, UDL in the Cloud: How to design and deliver online education using Universal Design for LearningKatie Novak and Tom Thibodeau
$29.99

UDL in the Cloud offers practical guidance that online course designers can put to work immediately that rests on a solid foundation of research about how people learn.” – Justin Reich, Executive Director, The Initiative on Learning and Teaching at the MIT

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UDL in the Cloud helps educators design and deliver more accessible, engaging, and effective online learning experiences. Drawing on years of experience in K-12 and postsecondary settings, authors Katie Novak and Tom Thibodeau offer a highly practical approach to developing e-courses, virtual snow days, flipped classes, and blended learning experiences that meet the needs of diverse learners. 

Following the principles and guidelines of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), readers learn to identify potential barriers to learning, cultivate an engaging “instructor presence” in a virtual environment, develop a detailed syllabus that inspires and motivates students, help scaffold students’ time management skills, and much more.

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ELEVATING CO-TEACHING THROUGH UDL

Book, Elevating Co-Teaching Through UDLElizabeth Stein
PUBLICATION DATE: SEPTEMBER 2016

Co-teaching—the practice of having special education and regular education teachers work together in inclusive classrooms—is one way to ensure that all students have equal access to challenging academic content. But the practice is a challenging one, requiring thoughtful planning and execution by cooperative classroom professionals.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework for designing inclusive learning environments, offers co-teachers structure and guidance in pursuing their goal to create successful learning environments for all students. In this book, veteran co-teacher and UDL expert Elizabeth Stein shows how to apply the UDL principles and guidelines to the practice of co-teaching.

How does UDL inform the lesson-planning process? What does UDL look like in the classroom? What role does formative assessment play? How do you get buy-in for the UDL approach from administrators, parents, and students themselves? These and other questions are answered in this must-have book for anyone interested in co-teaching.

About the author: Elizabeth Stein teaches special education in an inclusion setting at a middle school on Long Island, New York. She has more than two decades’ experience teaching at the elementary, middle, and college levels. She coordinates her district’s mentor-teacher program and holds the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification. She authors a popular monthly blog, “Two Teachers in the Room,” at the website MiddleWeb.coM

UDL Now!
A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms

Book, UDL NOW! A Teacher's GuideKatie Novak
PUBLICATION DATE: SEPTEMBER 2016

“In this revised and expanded edition of the bestseller UDL Now! Katie Novak provides practical insights and savvy strategies for helping all learners meet high standards using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework. Novak shows how to use the UDL Guidelines to plan lessons, choose materials, assess learning, and improve instructional practice. Novak discusses key concepts such as scaffolding, vocabulary-building, and using student feedback to inform instruction. She also provides tips on recruiting students as partners in the teaching process, engaging their interest in how they learn. UDL Now! is a fun and effective Monday-morning playbook for great teaching.

About the author: Katie 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 about UDL implementation. She is co-author of two other books, UDL in the Cloud and Universally Designed Leadership.

Universally Designed Leadership
Applying UDL to Systems and Schools

Book, Universally Designed Leadership

Katie Novak and Kristan Rodriguez
PUBLICATION DATE: SEPTEMBER 2016

The new Every Student Succeeds Act governing K-12 education in the United States defines and endorses Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a framework to help achieve greater opportunity and academic achievement for all learners, including those with disabilities, English learners, and “gifted and talented” students. In this book, Novak and Rodriguez, veteran school administrators, provide school leaders and educators with a guidebook for putting the UDL framework into practice. They show how to guide district and school staff in discussions around student data and use the UDL guidelines to shape curriculum decisions. This is a must-read for any education leader who wants to create more equitable, inclusive, and effective learning environments.

About the authors: Katie 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 author of two other books, UDL Now! and UDL in the Cloud (with Tom Thibodeau).