Katie Novak, Ed.D.

Director & Education Consultant

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Katie Novak Education Consultant

Katie Novak, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned education consultant as well as a practicing leader in education as an Assistant Superintendent of Schools at the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in Massachusetts. With 15 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and 4 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 the best-selling book, Revised and Expanded Edition: UDL Now! A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms. Her upcoming book, Let Them Thrive: A Playbook for Helping Your Child Succeed in School and in Life, will be officially released on September 12, 2017. Two additional 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.


Author of the highly anticipated Let Them Thrive: A Playbook for Helping Your Child Succeed in School and in Life, September 2017

Author of best-selling book on inclusive education, Revised and Expanded Edition: UDL Now! Again: A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms, CAST Professional Publishing, September 2016

Universally Designed Leadership: Applying UDL to Systems and Schools with co-author Kristan Rodriguez, CAST Professional Publishing, September 2016

UDL in the Cloud with co-author Tom Thibodeau, published by CAST Professional Publishing.

A Scene Shifter: Personalization Under UDL, School Administrator Magazine, November, 2015

If your school district is moving toward adopting or implementing the UDL framework, multi-tiered systems of support or next generation skills, contact Katie to discuss your professional development needs. Katie’s keynotes, presentations, and webinars are energetic, engaging, and anything but typical.