Course Overview

    1. Before We Get Started...

    2. Meet The Team

    3. Resources to Explore

    4. Suggested Texts

    5. Session Schedule

    6. A Few Logistics!

    1. Session One Recording

    2. Session One: Presentation Slides

    3. Session One: Resources

    4. Session One: Demonstrating Knowledge

    5. Session 1: Assessment

    1. Session Two: Connecting UDL, Inclusive Practice and Equitable Access

    2. Session Two: Presentation Slides

    3. Session Two: Continue Your Learning

    4. Session Two: Demonstrating Knowledge

    5. Session Two: Self-Assessment

    1. Session Three: Recording

    2. Session Three: Presentation Slides

    3. Session Three: Resources

    4. Session Three: Demonstrating Knowledge

    5. Session Three: Self-Assessment

    1. Session Four: The Power of Student Motivation and Self-Direction

    2. Session Four: Presentation & Resources

    3. Session Four: Demonstrating Knowledge

    4. Session Four: Self-Assessment

    1. Session 5

    2. Session Five: Four Components of UDL Lesson Design

    3. Session Five: Presentation & Resources

    4. Session Five: Demonstrating Knowledge

    5. Session Five: Self-Assessment

About this course

  • $200.00
  • 7 hours of video content
  • The Institute is an opportunity for teachers, leaders, and staff to dive head first into the many facets of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
  • Educators will understand how UDL will play a role in their schools and community and discover how UDL can be implemented into personal practices beyond the classroom.

Virtual Learning Sessions

All sessions are held on Mondays from 4-5 pm Pacific/7-8 pm Eastern

  • September 23, 2024: UDL Overview - Big Picture Ideas featuring Katie Novak
  • October 7, 2024: Connecting UDL, Inclusive Practice & Equitable Access featuring Mirko Chardin
  • October 21, 2024: A Deeper Look at Firm Goals and Construct Relevance featuring Matt Bergman
  • November 4, 2024: Expert Learning: The Power of Student Motivation and Self-Direction featuring Jeff Horwitz
  • November 18, 2024: Four Components of UDL Lesson Design featuring K.C. Knudson
  • December 2, 2024: The UDL Principles in Teaching Practice featuring Matt Bergman
  • December 16, 2024: Assessments, Feedback and Reflection featuring Chris Bronke


  • Do you offer group rates

    Yes - if you are part of a team of 4+, please complete this form: We will then be in touch within 1-3 business days with an estimate and next steps for your team.

  • Who Should Attend?

    The Iearning series is an opportunity for teachers, leaders, and staff to dive head-first into the many facets of Universal Design for Learning. While a majority of the content will be targeted towards K-12 educators, leaders and staff will find value in understanding how UDL will play a role in their schools and community and discover how UDL can be implemented into personal practices beyond the classroom.

  • Where can I learn more about the facilitators?

    Learn more about our team members by visiting here:

  • When do I have to register by?

    September 19th, 2024

  • Will I receive PD hours for completing the Insititute?

    Yes, once you have completed the series, you will receive a completion certificate for 7 continuing education hours.


  • Individual - $200/person
  • Groups of 5+ - $175/person
  • Groups of 25+ - $150/person
  • Groups of 50+ - $125/person
  • Groups of 75+ - $100/person


Mirko Chardin

Mirko Chardin is the Founding Head of School of the Putnam Avenue Upper School in Cambridge, MA. Mirko’s work has involved all areas of school management and student support. His greatest experience and passion revolves around culturally connected teaching and learning, recruiting and retaining educators of color, restorative practice, and school culture. He delivers keynotes across the nation on equity, social justice, and personal narrative. He is also a race, diversity, and cultural proficiency facilitator and leadership coach for the Aspire Institute at Boston University’s New Wheelock College of Human Development. He is a principal mentor for the Perone-Sizer Creative Leadership Institute, a Trustee at Wheaton College, and an active hip-hop artist.

K.C. Knudson

K. C. Knudson is an equity-driven educator with over 26 years of experience as a leader, teacher, trainer, and presenter. K. C. specializes in leveraging deep knowledge of the learning process and leadership theory to create inclusive schools and classrooms that work for all learners. Before joining Novak, K. C. was the Director of Teaching and Learning in Washington and formerly served as Assistant Superintendent and Executive Director of Teaching and Learning. K. C. credits his service to the Swinomish Tribal community as a middle school principal for inspiring his journey to better understand and support all learners. K. C. has facilitated equity-based learning opportunities for over a decade and a half within the education sector, presenting both regionally and nationally. He started his educational career as a middle school Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. K. C. is a certified superintendent (Executive Leadership Program, Seattle University) and certified P-12 principal (Educational Leadership, Seattle Pacific University). He holds a degree in Interpersonal Communications from Western Washington University, as well as teacher certification and a master’s degree from City University Seattle. K. C. enjoys listening to live music, snow skiing, running, hiking, mountain biking, and the occasional triathlon. K. C. is inspired daily by his two sons.

President, Novak Educational Consulting Katie Novak

Katie Novak, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned education consultant and co-author of Innovate Inside the Box with George Couros. With 17 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and seven published books, Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on the implementation of inclusive practices, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), multi-tiered systems of support, and universally designed leadership. Novak’s work has impacted educators worldwide as her contributions and collaborations have built upon the foundation for an educational framework that is critical for student success.

Matt Bergman, EdD

Dr. Matt Bergman is an award-winning educator, blogger, and consultant from Lititz, PA. He spent most of his childhood moving across the United States, which he credits to influencing his appreciation of the variability and diversity in our schools. Matt has a rich K-12 and higher education background, serving in various roles in public and private schools, such as teacher, administrator, technology coach, adjunct professor, instructional designer, and professional development leader. Dr. Bergman is a self-described “UDL-evangelist,” who aims to inspire other educators on their journey towards creating accessible and equitable learning environments where ALL students can thrive! Matt specializes in infusing technology and UDL into face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning environments. His passion led to creating a YouTube channel and blog called Learn Lead Grow in 2010, where he shares practical ways of infusing UDL and technology in the classroom.

Jeff Horwitz

Jeff is a 20-year educator and has been an administrator at independent schools in St. Louis since 2013. He is passionate that all children deserve a high-quality education and believes strongly in surrounding students with passionate adults that can provide a personalized, 21st-century education, with authentic learning experiences, and use technology as a tool. He believes that the social-emotional lives of children are equally as important as the academic and that empathy and collaboration are cornerstone skills for the future.

Chris Bronke

An energetic teacher, presenter, and leader, Christopher Bronke brings a wealth of research, classroom, and leadership experience to professional learning while empowering participants to reflect deeply upon their own practice to facilitate growth and collaboration. As a practicing English teacher and department chair at Downers Grove North in Illinois, Bronke is incredibly passionate about supporting others in their learning. Bronke has held numerous teacher leadership positions at the national level including a seat on the Teacher Advisory Council for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and as the Associate Chair for the Conference on English Leadership. Bronke holds master’s degrees in Teaching and Learning as well as Educational Leadership and has recently begun working on his EdD from Northern Illinois University in the field of educational leadership. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, Teaching Channel, the Chicago Sun-Times, Language Arts Journal of Michigan, Let's Recap and more. Additionally, his work has been highlighted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on EduTalk Radio, at the Conference on English Leadership, and by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).