Universal Design for Learning in English Language Arts: Improving Literacy Instruction Through Inclusive Practices
Katie Novak, Ryan Hinkle, Brianne Parker, Jina Poirier, & Anne WolffDate
$30.00 (ISBN: 9781943085088)
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About the Book
In this latest addition to CAST’s UDL Now! series, Katie Novak has teamed up with four literacy experts to offer educators a practical guide to integrating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the English language arts classroom.
Universal Design for Learning in English Language Arts demonstrates how to build rich, collaborative, and engaging literacy environments for students with varied backgrounds and needs. While addressing the established domains of literacy—reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language and vocabulary development—the authors also explore connections between social emotional learning and character education to foster in students a deeper understanding of literacy.
Whether you’re looking to enhance your ELA instruction or deepen your implementation of UDL, this book offers strategies and practices to help educators reach all students, including:
- selecting texts that appeal to all learners,
- developing inclusive writing prompts, and
- offering authentic assessment opportunities.
Novak and her co-authors illustrate how ELA classrooms provide a unique opportunity to explore the human experience through literature, writing, and communication.
Learn more by downloading a PDF of the Introduction from the book.
Universal Design for Learning in English Language Arts is available in print (184 pages, 6x9", ISBN: 9781943085088) and accessible EPUB (ISBN: 9781943085095) wherever books are sold!
About the Authors
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. She has over 20 years of experience in teaching and administration, earned a doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and has published 13 books. Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on the implementation of inclusive practices, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), multitiered systems of support, and universally designed leadership. Her 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. Katie is the author of the best-selling books, UDL Now! A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms, Innovate Inside the Box (with George Couros), Equity by Design
(with Mirko Chardin), and UDL and Blended Learning (with Catlin Tucker).
Ryan Hinkle, Brianne Parker, Jina Poirier, and Anne Wolff were some of the initial creators of ACCESS 2 Character Education (ACE) for the Orange County Department of Education ACCESS program, and continue to develop and promote its curriculum. In 2022, over a four-month period, Ryan, Anne, and Brianne had the privilege of working with displaced families from Afghanistan. They, along with an amazing group of educators, created makeshift classrooms in five hotel rooms across Orange County, California. Learn more about their work with refugee students in an article from the Orange County Register.
Ryan Hinkle, MA, has been involved with alternative education since 1999. He holds a BA in psychology, a BS in bio writing, and an MA in education. From 2016 to 2022, Ryan served as a teacher with the Orange County Department of Education Education, Alternative, Community, & Correctional Educational Schools and Services (ACCESS) program where he supported staff with the implementation of ELA standards and the promotion of differentiated instruction and UDL. Ryan has now returned to the classroom, where he continues working with at-promise youth.
Brianne Parker, MEd, has 22 years of experience in alternative education and holds a BA in English literature and a MEd in education. She began her career in education as an instructional aide with the Orange County Department of Education, Alternative, Community, & Correctional Educational Schools and Services (ACCESS) program, and has since held the positions of classroom teacher, EL TOSA, program specialist, and assistant principal. She has presented the ACE curriculum along with her colleagues at several local, state, and national conferences. Currently, she is back in the classroom and teaching with the ACCESS program’s Pacific Coast High School.
Jina Poirier, MEd, has a BS in human services, a MEd in education, and 19 years of experience inspiring and engaging at-promise youth. Prior to her current position as Coordinator, Accountability, Assessment, and Academic Interventions with the Orange County Department of Education, Alternative, Community, & Correctional Educational Schools and Services (ACCESS) program, Jina held the positions of classroom teacher and program specialist for EL Services, writing and training teachers on integrated and designated language supports for emergent bilingual students. She is a Trainer of Trainers in Restorative Practices through the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP).
Anne Wolff, MEd, began her career in education working as an instructional aide in technology at Huntington Beach High School and Huntington Beach Adult School before joining the Orange County Department of Education in 2015 as Educational Technology User Support Assistant in the Alternative, Community, & Correctional Educational Schools and Services (ACCESS) program. She has presented at conferences and coauthored articles with her fellow ACE team members. She holds a BA in political science, a BS in multimedia design technology, an MS in educational and instructional technology, and CTE credentials in related fields.
Ryan, Brianne, Jina, and Anne were some of the initial creators of ACCESS 2 Character Education (ACE) for the Orange County Department of Education ACCESS program, and continue to develop and promote its curriculum.
Table of Contents
- Introduction (View as PDF)
- Chapter 1: Integrating Practices to Support Your Why
- Chapter 2: Unpacking and Connecting Frameworks
- Chapter 3: The Power of PLCs
- Chapter 4: Unpacking Student Engagement
- Chapter 5: Fostering a Love of Reading
- Chapter 6: Enhancing Vocabulary Instruction
- Chapter 7: The Power of Authentic Writing
- Chapter 8: A Focus on Speaking and Listening
- About the Authors
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