Katie Novak, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned education consultant as well as a practicing leader in education as an Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts. With 15 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and 3 books published by CAST Professional Publications, Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and universally designed leadership.

Dr. Novak is the author of Revised and Expanded Edition: UDL Now! A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms, which has sold over 20,000 copies worldwide. Her other two publications, of which she is a co-author, have been endorsed by leading professors in the field of education and state departments of education. UDL in the Cloud was endorsed by the Executive Director of The Initiative on Learning and Teaching at MIT while Mitchell Chester, the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), endorsed Universally Designed Leadership.

Novak’s work in UDL has impacted educators worldwide as her contributions and collaborations have built upon the foundation for an educational framework that is critical for student success. Partnering with her for professional development will ensure an engaging, motivating experience that will improve the practice of all educators in attendance.

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 around the world.
  • As a classroom teacher, selected by the Teaching Channel to be featured in a series of videos about teacher excellence.


Upcoming Presentations

  • UDL-IRN: Orlando, FL: March 30-31, 2017
  • FDLRS Administration Project, Orlando, FL: April 4, 2017
  • Moanalua High School, Honolulu, April 7, 2017
  • CEC 2017 Convention and Expo: April 18, 2017
  • Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, Ontario, Canada: April 27-28, 2017
  • Georgian College, Ontario, Canada, May 4, 2017
  • School District of New Berlin, Ohio: May 22, 2017
  • SST, Region 1, OH: June 5-6, 2017
  • South Burlington School District, VT: June 20-21, 2017
  • National MTSS Conference, Costa Mesa, CA: July 26-27, 2017
  • CAST Annual Symposium: July 31, 2017
  • UDL Institute at Oconomowoc Area Schools, WI: August 1-3, 2017
  • NorthEast Washington ESD 101, Spokane, WA: August 15, 2017
  • Coshocton City Schools, Ohio: August 16-17, 2017
  • Rossford Exempted Village School District, Rossford, OH: September 15, 2017
  • Irvine School District, Irvine, CA: October 9, 2017
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; Wisconsin Dells, November 6, 2017
  • East Cleveland Schools, OH: November 7, 2017
  • Placer County, CA: December 11-12, 2017
  • CESA #5, WI: January 16, 2018
  • Houston UDL Conference, Houston, TX: July 10, 2018

Presenter at the Following Conferences

  • AHEAD, UDL Keynote in Dublin, Ireland, March 13, 2017
  • PDE Annual Conference: Making a Difference: Educational Practices that Work! March 8, 2017
  • California Department of Education, Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, February 23, 2017


  • CESA #5, Wisconsin, February 17, 2017
  • CESA #4, Wisconsin, February 16, 2017
  • ALL IN Social Justice Presentation, Canton, OH, December 15, 2016
  • Orange County Department of Education, December 8, 2016
  • Closing the Achievement Gap series in Cuyahoga County, OH: November 30-December 1
  • Maine Autism Institute Professional Development Series, Portland, ME: November 10, 2016**
  • CESA #1, Pewaukee, WI: November 8, 2016
  • UDL Fall Foundations, Oakland Schools, MI, November 4, 2016
  • Rowland Foundation’s Annual Statewide Conference for Middle and Secondary Schools, October 27, 2016**
  • SPDG: Universal Design for Learning, Columbus OH, October 17-18, 2016
  • Mt. St. Vincent College in Nova Scotia on Oct. 13 – 14, 2016**
  • Region 5 SST, Ohio, September 29-30
  • SPDG: Universal Design for Learning, Cleveland OH, September 12-13, 2016
  • CESA#7, Wisconsin, August 29, 2016
  • CAST Annual Symposium, Harvard University, August 8-10, 2016
  • Puget Sound ESD Services Principal Leadership Academy, Washington, July 7, 2016
  • Universal Design for Learning License to Learn: A European Perspective on UDL, Ghent, Belgium: June 28-29, 2016**
  • 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
  • “A Call for UDL in Higher Education,” Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) and New England Faculty Development Consortium (NEFDC) Conference, Fairfield University: May, 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

** denotes presentations given on behalf of my school district to supplement our professional development funds.

Presenter at the Following School Districts

  • Montpelier Public Schools, VT: January 30, 2017
  • CAPS Educational Collaborative, Westminster, MA: January 23, 2017**
  • Faculty Development at Holy Cross, Worcester, MA: January 19, 2017
  • Melrose Public Schools, MA: January 17, 2017
  • Southern Local SD, Corning, Ohio: October 10, 2016
  • Washington West Supervisory Union, VT: October 7, 2016
  • School District of La Crosse, Wisconsin: October 6, 2016
  • McGuffey School District, PA, August 22, 2016**
  • Edison Local School District, Hammondsville, OH, July 28, 2016
  • 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, 2016**Photo 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

** denotes presentations given on behalf of my school district to supplement our professional development funds. You can learn more about this model by reading this article, publishing by the Nashoba Voice.

Presenter in the Following Webinars

  • CAST Professional Publishing, UDL Now: January, 2017
  • Understood.org, Universal Design for Learning 101, June, 2016
  • Office of Special Education Programs, Washington DC, State Personnel Development Grants (SPDGs) webinar, June 2016
  • “How to Implement Universal Design for Learning” webinar, NZ Catholic Education Office, Wellington, New Zealand, June 2015
  • “UDL and Common Core Standards Webinar,” Minnesota Department of Education, April, 2015

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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