Let Them Thrive

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

by Katie Novak, Ed.D.

$14.99, Paperback (ISBN: 9781930583160)
$14.99, ePUB (ISBN: 9781930583177)


Bestselling author Katie Novak is back with an engaging UDL primer for parents that shows them how to support and advocate for learning opportunities that leverage their children’s strengths and interests.

Let Them Thrive will show you the most effective strategies for supporting your children based on research and best practices in the learning sciences. Why is this important? Because, as Katie writes in her introduction, “as parents, we can use all the help we can get. Parenting is exhausting, and sometimes thankless work, but it’s also the most rewarding job in the world when we get things right. Although our kids are wildly different from one another, we are all working toward the same goal: children who grow up to be happy and successful adults.”


“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

“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

“An often engaging guide … the book’s bright metaphors, sample lessons, and anecdotes will make the UDL method appealing, even to readers with no teaching experience.”
– Kirkus Reviews

Let Them Thrive by Katie Novak is available in paperback ($14.99, 170 pages, ISBN: 9781930583160) or ePUB ($14.99, 132 pages, ISBN: 9781930583177) format.

About the Author

Author, Katie Novak

Katie Novak

Katie Novak, EdD, 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 also 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.

Katie Novak Videos

Katie Novak on cultivating the mind of a learner.

Katie Novak on the motivation for Universally Designed Leadership.

Katie Novak on the importance of reflection.

Katie Novak on the reasons for updating UDL Now!

Katie Novak on motivating teachers. 

Katie Novak on the new editing of UDL Now!

Katie Novak on teachers as learners.

Webinar with Katie Novak UDL Now! Revised.

Other books by Katie Novak