A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms
by Katie Novak
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 and engaging them in how they learn. UDL Now! is a fun and effective Monday-morning playbook for great teaching.
David Rose, Co-Founder of CAST and a principal architect of the UDL framework and guidelines, writes in his Foreword: “Katie Novak’s well-articulated know-how about how to put UDL into practice has helped many thousands of educators. However, rather than rest on that success, Katie has done what expert learners and expert teachers do: She has reflected on her own performance and asked, “What can I do better? How can I make my point clearer? What have I learned from those many practitioners I have met and worked with in the past couple of years?’ Throughout this book, you’ll find the answers to those and other questions. The result is a bigger and better book.”
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 focusing on implementation of UDL. She is author of two other books, UDL Now! and UDL in the Cloud (with Tom Thibodeau). You can find her online at katienovakudl.com and on Twitter at @KatieNovakUDL.