New! A Guide to ‘Shifting Cultures in Schools and Districts to Embrace UDL'Universally Designed Leadership

Applying UDL to Systems & Schools

by Katie Novak and Kristan Rodriguez

$34.99, Paperback (ISBN: 9781930583627)
$34.99, ePUB (ISBN: 9781930583634)


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, veteran school leaders Novak and Rodriguez 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. Universally Designed Leadership is a must-read for any education leader who wants to create more equitable, inclusive, and effective learning environments.


Universally Designed Leadership is the practitioners’ guide to successful strategic implementation of Universal Design for Learning. This timely and relevant work provides a road map for education leaders to engage school communities in defining the why, what and how of learning. A must read for emerging and veteran school leaders alike.”
– Dr. Thomas Scott, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents

Universally Designed Leadership is a much-needed addition to the field. Novak and Rodriguez present the fundamentals of exploring, preparing, and integrating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into schools and districts. They focus on the practical steps to shifting cultures in schools and districts to embrace UDL, including creating a shared vision to embrace UDL, conducting needs assessments to guide the work, and developing logic models to guide this pursuit. Written in a conversational, straightforward style, Universally Designed Leadership will surely be a go-to guide for the novice and veteran administrator alike.”
– Martin Scanlan, Associate Professor, Boston College’s Lynch School of Education

Universally Designed Leadership by Katie Novak and Kristan Rodriguez is available in paperback ($34.99, 136 pages, ISBN: 9781930583627) and ePUB ($34.99, 123 pages, ISBN: 9781930583634) format.


About the Authors

Author, 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 and on Twitter at @KatieNovakUDL.


Kristan Rodriguez

Kristan Rodriguez, PhD., is a successful consultant and former superintendent specializing in Universal Design for Learning. Dr. Rodriguez earned a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Boston College and has had a career as a K-12 administrator, college professor, and consultant since 2001. She has presented nationally on leadership and learning for the past 16 years. In both her speaking and writing, she draws upon her experience as a central office administrator, building administrator, teacher, and professor. Dr. Rodriguez is the founder of Rodriguez Educational Consulting Agency. You can follow Dr. Rodriguez on Twitter at @dr_rodriguez21.

Katie Novak & Kristan Rodriguez Videos

Webinar on Universally Designed Leadership.

Kristan Rodriguez Videos

Kristan Rodriguez on integrating UDL into your strategy.

Kristan Rodriguez on showing your true self to the community.

Kristan Rodriguez on “Superman Syndrome.”

Kristan Rodriguez on creating an administrating framework using UDL

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