Universally Designed Leadership
Applying UDL to Systems & Schools
by Katie Novak and Kristan Rodriguez
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.
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). You can find Katie on Twitter at @KatieNovakUDL or on her website katienovakudl.com.
Kristan Rodriguez 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.