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Innovate Inside the Box: Empowering Learners Through UDL and the Innovator’s Mindset


George Couros & Katie Novak


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The answer to creating innovative teaching and learning opportunities lies within you.

Every educator faces constraints—from budget restrictions to predetermined curriculum to “one-size-fits-all” mandatory assessments. The question is, how can you, as a teacher or administrator, ensure that regulations and limitations don’t impede authentic learning?

In Innovate Inside the Box, George Couros and Katie Novak provide informed insight on creating purposeful learning opportunities for all students. By combining the power of the Innovator’s Mindset and Universal Design for Learning (UDL), they empower educators to create opportunities that will benefit every learner. Couros and Novak show you how to . . .

  • Leverage the Core of Innovative Teaching and Learning with a focus on developing meaningful relationships.
  • Develop the 8 Characteristics of the Innovator’s Mindset in your students—and yourself.
  • Use UDL to proactively design learning experiences that foster voice and choice while addressing barriers that impede learning.
  • Create learner-driven, evidence-informed learning experiences that provide all students with options and choices to maximize success.

Innovate Inside the Box by George Couros and Katie Novak is available from CAST in paperback format ($26.99, 308 pages, ISBN: 978-1948334129).

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Praise for Innovate Inside the Box

If you’re looking to bring creativity to student learning amid all the constraints educators face, this is the book for you.

Daniel Pink, author of Drive


No one articulates a more compelling, a more urgent, or a more motivating vision of education—for both teachers and their students—than George Couros. No one articulates how that vision can be reached—for every student and teacher—more daringly, more practically, and more inclusively, than Katie Novak. Having them together in one book not only helps us reimagine the goals and practices of education, it reminds us of why we ever wanted to be teachers at all.

David Rose, PhD, CAST’s cofounder and chief education officer, emeritus


More praise for the book.

About the Authors

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George Couros is a leading educator focusing on innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked at all levels of education, from teaching in a K12 environment to district administration, and is the author of The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity.

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Katie Novak, EdD, is an internationally renowned education consultant, author, graduate instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, and a former Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts. Katie has more than 19 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and ten published books, including the best-selling education book, UDL Now!.

You can find her online at and on Twitter at @KatieNovakUDL.

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Katie Martin
  • Because of a Teacher
  • Part One: The Core of Innovative Teaching and Learning Relationships
    • Chapter 1: Learner-Driven, Evidence-Informed
    • Chapter 2: Creating Empowered Learning Experiences
    • Chapter 3: Master Learner, Master Educator
    • Chapter 4: Summary and Actionable Items
  • Part Two: 8 Characteristics of the Innovator's Mindset
    • Chapter 5: Empathetic
    • Chapter 6: Problem Finders-Solvers
    • Chapter 7: Risk-Takers
    • Chapter 8: Networked
    • Chapter 9: Observant
    • Chapter 10: Creators
    • Chapter 11: Resilient
    • Chapter 12: Reflection
  • Part Three: You Are the Change You Seek
    • Chapter 13: Lead from Where You Are
    • Chapter 14: You Are the Core
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgments
  • To Further Your Learning
  • About the Authors

More Praise for Innovate Inside the Box

An incredible book! Innovate Inside the Box speaks to educators who are the change agents in their sphere of influence.

Sarah Thomas, PhD, founder of EduMatch


George and Katie’s combined talents as spectacular storytellers drive this book. You will feel like you are flying through it and then realize how deeply you are learning.

Loui Lord Nelson, PhD, author of Design and Deliver, and podcast host of UDL in 15 Minutes


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