IMG_6586Katie Novak is currently the Assistant Superintendent of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District. With 14 years of experience in teaching and administration and an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on teacher implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), multi tiered systems of support, and next generation skills. Some professional highlights and publications are below.

Professional Highlights

  • Earned Ed.D. from Boston University in Curriculum and Instruction, K-12.
  • Member of CAST’s Professional Cadre which is a premiere group that represents the broadest range of talent available for providing professional development in UDL.
  • Selected by the Teaching Channel to be featured in a series of videos about teacher excellence.
  • Teach face-to-face, hybrid, and online graduate level courses focused on Universal Design for Learning implementation. Exemplary evaluations in all courses.


Upcoming Presentations

  • Office of Special Education Programs, Washington DC, State Personnel Development Grants (SPDGs) webinar, June 2, 2016
  • Wauwatosa School District, Wauwatosa, WI: June 13-14, 2016
  • Universal Design for Learning License to Learn: A European Perspective on UDL, Ghent, Belgium: June 28-29, 2016
  • Puget Sound ESD Services Principal Leadership Academy, Washington, July 7, 2016
  • CAST Annual Symposium, Harvard University, August 8-10, 2016
  • CESA#7, Wisconsin, August 29, 2016
  • SPDG: Universal Design for Learning, Cleveland OH, September 12-13, 2016
  • School District of La Crosse, Wisconsin: October 6, 2016
  • Mt. St. Vincent College in Nova Scotia on Oct. 13 – 14, 2016
  • SPDG: Universal Design for Learning, Columbus OH, October 17-18, 2016
  • Rowland Foundation’s Annual Statewide Conference for Middle and Secondary Schools, October 27, 2016
  • CESA #1, Pewaukee, WI: November 8, 2016
  • Orange County Department of Education, December 7, 2016
  • California Department of Education, Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, February 23, 2017
  • CESA #4, Wisconsin, May 2, 2017

Presenter at the Following School Districts

  • Carver Public Schools, May 13, 2016
  • UDL Rounds, Cesar Chavez High School, Houston, TX: April 14-15, 2016
  • YSC Academy, Philadelphia, PA, March 28, 2016
  • Dunbarton and Bow NH: March 8, 2016
  • Cohasset, MA: March 1, 2016
  • School District of La Crosse, Wisconsin: January 26, 2016
  • Carver Public Schools, Carver, MA: January 15, 2016Photo for School Administrator Magazine - sums up the innovation of UDL!
  • Central Maine Community College, Auburn, ME: November 12, 2015
  • Y.A.L.E. School, Cherry Hill, NJ: November 5-6, 2015
  • CESA #1, Pewaukee, WI: October 26, 2015
  • Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District, MA: October 2, 2015
  • Washington West School District, VT: September 4, 2015
  • Colchester, VT: August 20, 2015
  • South Burlington School District, VT: August 19, 2015
  • Shore Collaborative Presentation, Chelsea, MA: November, 2014
  • West Hartford Public Schools, CT: October 15 and 24, 2014
  • Silver Lake Regional School District, Kingston, MA: August, 2014, 2015
  • Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC) UDL Institute: Columbus, IN: July 2013, 2014

Presenter at the Following Conferences/Workshops

  • Orange County Department of Education, Costa Mesa, CA: April 19-20, 2016
  • Santa Barbara Department of Education, Santa Barbara, CA: April 21, 2016
  • SPDG: Universal Design for Learning, Cleveland & Columbus, OH, February 22-25, 2016
  • Santa Barbara Department of Education, Santa Barbara, CA: November 10, 2015
  • “UDL and the Solar System,” CAST Annual Symposium, Wakefield, MA, August 2015
  • “How to Implement Universal Design for Learning” webinar, NZ Catholic Education Office, Wellington, New Zealand, June 2015
  • “A Call for UDL in Higher Education,” Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) and New England Faculty Development Consortium (NEFDC) Conference, Fairfield University: May, 2015
  • “UDL and Common Core Standards Webinar,” Minnesota Department of Education, April, 2015
  • Orange County Department of Education, Costa Mesa, CA: April, 2015
  • “Universal Design for Learning: Tools for All Educators in Serving All Students,” Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators conference, Manchester, VT: November, 2014
  • UDL-palooza, Oakland, MI: November 6, 2014
  • “Implementation of Universal Design for Learning” keynote presentation at ULearn conference in Rotorua, New Zealand: October, 2014
  • “UDL Immersion Experience” keynote. UDL Summer Institute, Towson University, Towson, MD: June, 2014
  • “Take a Walk in Our Shoes” for the UDL Strand at Center for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention and Expo: Philadelphia, PA 2014
  • “Harnessing the Power of ECET2” at Elevating and Celebrating Teachers and Teaching (ECET2) conference hosted by the Gates Foundation, Snowbird, UT: February, 2014
  • “Transforming Teaching: One Story at a Time,” as a member of the Teacher PR Corps at Social Media Week in NYC: February, 2014
  • “Sharing Common Core Standards with Students” at Elevating and Celebrating Teachers and Teaching (ECET2) conference hosted by the Gates Foundation, LaJolla, CA, 2013
  • Teacher panel presenter at NBC Education Nation, NYC, 2013
  • “Universal Design,” model lesson and webinar sponsored by Jobs for the Future (JFF) through the US Department of Education’s School Turnaround Learning Community, an online community of practice, Boston, MA, 2013
  • “Conquering the Core” keynote presenter and “Common Core Narrative Writing the UDL Way,” presenter at Massachusetts Common Core Conference, hosted by the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) and UMass Boston, 2013. Won an award for best presentation and overall excellence in teaching.
  • “Teacher Core Revolution” presenter. National Teacher Voice convening, hosted by the Gates Foundation, Washington, DC, 2013
  • “UDL Immersion Experience” at Harvard University’s UDL Summer Session, Boston, MA, 2012, 2013

If your school district is moving toward adopting or implementing the UDL framework, multi-tiered systems of support or next generation skills, contact me so we can discuss your professional development needs. My keynotes, presentations, and webinars are energetic, engaging, and anything but typical. I promise.


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