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UDL Now! A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms


Katie Novak



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A new edition is now available! UDL Now! Third Edition was released in May 2022, with a lower price and updated strategies for the post-pandemic classroom.

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About the Book

In this revised and expanded edition of the bestseller UDL Now! Katie Novak provides practical insights and savvy strategies for helping all learners meet high standards using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework. Novak shows how to use the UDL Guidelines to plan lessons, choose materials, assess learning, and improve instructional practice. Novak discusses key concepts such as scaffolding, vocabulary-building, and using student feedback to inform instruction. She also provides tips on recruiting students as partners in the teaching process and engaging them in how they learn. UDL Now! is a fun and effective Monday-morning playbook for great teaching.

David Rose, Co-Founder of CAST and a principal architect of the UDL framework and guidelines, writes in his Foreword: “Katie Novak’s well-articulated know-how about how to put UDL into practice has helped many thousands of educators. However, rather than rest on that success, Katie has done what expert learners and expert teachers do: She has reflected on her own performance and asked, “What can I do better? How can I make my point clearer? What have I learned from those many practitioners I have met and worked with in the past couple of years?’ Throughout this book, you’ll find the answers to those and other questions. The result is a bigger and better book.”

UDL Now! Revised & Expanded Edition is available in paperback ($29.00, 238 pages, ISBN: 9781930583665) and EPUB ($29.00, ISBN: 9781930583672) format.

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About the Author

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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 David H. Rose
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: UDL and Reality TV Collide
  • Chapter 2: The UDL Guidelines for Educators
    A Planning Tool You Can’t Live Without
  • Chapter 3: Shining a Light on Engagement
  • Chapter 4: Recruiting and Engaging Students as UDL Partners
  • Chapter 5: Next-Generation Skills in Today’s Classrooms
  • Chapter 6: Two Types of Learning Standards and UDL Implementation
  • Chapter 7: Choice Assignments
    Expressing Knowledge in Endless Ways
  • Chapter 8: Scaffolding
    Setting the Bar High and Raising Students to It
  • Chapter 9: The Best Ways to Teach Vocabulary
  • Chapter 10: Using Student Feedback to Inform Instruction
  • Chapter 11: Assessments the UDL Way
    (Yes, Standardized Assessments, Too!)
  • Chapter 12: Technology Helps!
  • A: UDL Resources
  • B: Professional Learning Community Resources
  • C: PLC Assignment Rubrics
  • References
  • About the Author
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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